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Winter Edition | Volume 2 | Issue# 1

January 2013


New Year, New Resolve: Onward PNAA! From Shanghai to Niagara Falls, the world celebrated the arrival of 2013. From a light display in Shanghai to fireworks displays in Rio de Janeiro, Moscow, London and New York, millions marked the start of new year's day with joyous celebrations. The Philippines celebrated New Year’s eve with fireworks and the days and weeks that followed were celebrated in many different cities and towns. Iloilo celebrates dinagyang, Cebu celebrates sinulog; I chose to celebrate in the Kalibo Ati-Atihan festival to honor the Santo Nino, as it is my husband’s hometown. People dance in the streets, they call “sadsad” to the rhythm of the lyres, drums, trumpets, horns, but mostly, loud drums. Native Kalibo residents bring their Santo Ninos to be blessed, and many tribal groups as well as individual costumes are in full display. The town plaza is closed to traffic as throngs of people crowd the streets at all hours of the day leading to the highlight of street dancing to the sounds of Hala Bira! and Viva Senor Sto. Nino! The procession of Sto. Nino images start in the early morning, till the afternoon, till night time. It is a celebration, a religious remembrance, a renewal of

sorts. New Year celebrations have a way of forcing us to take stock of where we are, evaluating the previous year and focusing on the resolutions of the new year. Which brings us to where we are in our journey in PNAA. What has 2012 brought us? What have we accomplished? Where are we going? The pages of the last 9 issues of Inside PNAA have given us glimpses of what the different chapters and regions have accomplished, and the promise that 2013 will surpass the achievements of 2012. President Vicky Navarro is busy compiling the achievements of all the

committees and as she sets her vision squarely in achieving the strategic, synergistic, social action goals she has set for her administration.

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P r e s i d e n t ’s M e s s a g e

Clarification on the NCLEX Issue The information that the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination, an examination for the licensing of nurses in the United States) cancelled the Philippines as a testing site is not accurate. The Philippines continues to be an NCLEX testing site according to the National (US) Council of the State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) please read below. This was verified by Leo Jurado who has connections with the NCSBN. Thanks Leo. The efforts of our past presidents are not for naught. As you know, there was an initial concern on the integrity of the exam due to reported cheating that occurred in the past. And as Clarita Miraflor said, “ they just want ASSURANCE from the Philippine government and PRC that the "integrity of the exam is protected for public safety across the USA”. The NCLEX is offered in the following countries at Pearson Professional Centers for purposes of domestic licensure: Australia, Canada, England, (Germany - temporarily not testing at this location), Hong Kong, India, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Puerto Rico and Taiwan. Information regarding international test centers is available electronically in the [Link] 2013 NCLEX Candidate Bulletin or by going to the Pearson VUE website at [Link] Candidates may also take their examination at Pearson Professional Centers in the U.S. and some of its territories (U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and Northern Mariana Islands) year round. Please click the link below to give NCLEXInfo some quick feedback on this e-mail response: [Link]

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Inside PNAA Staff Madelyn Yu — Editor in Chief Ferdinand Luyun - Associate Editor Ruby Godier - Eastern Region Contributing Editor Mel Carillo - Contributing Editor, Western Region Ghie Alagano - Contributing Editor, South Central Region

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NCEMNA Research Results Report From: Jean Jenkins, PhD, RN, FAAN Bernice Coleman, PhD, ACNP-BC, FAAN Kathleen Calzone, PhD, RN, APNG, FAAN Thank you for your representation of the Philippine Nurses Association of America, Inc. (PNAA) to the NCEMNA Genomics research protocol development and implementation. Hard to believe we started this project in 2009, completed the pilot, and then collected membership final survey data in 2011! Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now time to provide you with an update as promised as part of the NCEMNA Project Team member agreement. As noted 1/20/11 in the Proposed Plans PostSurvey analysis: 1. Publications- Plans include an overview article to be developed with all TEAM members included as coauthors listed in alphabetical order. The project team member will solicit and represent wants/needs of their President/Board/members for the major papers and then continue on with coordination of anything additional at the local level. The frequency data has been analyzed for NCEMNA as a total group (attached) and for each organization separately (also attached for your organization). If you want raw data for your organization, that can also be done. Please submit a written request and allow 2 weeks for us to pull the report. Additional correlational analysis is in process and not yet available to share. Once completed, we will summarize the results in a draft paper and provide to you for edits and comments. If you have suggestions for which Journal the overview article should

be submitted to for review and publication consideration, please provide by 1/17/13. 2. As noted 1/20/11 in the Proposed Plans Post-Survey analysis: Each organization will have access to their own data to utilize in developing newsletter articles, individual summary articles, or other publications. Individual organizational data will be sent to each organization's project representative. Then that organization's project team member with President/Board/members can determine what additional papers they want to develop and determine their own authorship order. 3. Also as noted 1/20/11 in the Proposed Plans Post-Survey analysis: Presentations- all TEAM members will be encouraged to present findings of this study. You are requested to share the attached data summaries with your organizational leadership by Feb 1, 2013. Please discuss with your President potential next steps. We will then convene a conference call Feb 7, 2013 to discuss how your organization wishes to move forward. Discussion items include but are not limited to: a) Needs and/or opportunities for genomic education of your membership b) Option to create a newsletter summary for your organization c) Opportunities for additional publications d) Opportunities for presentations about the research results (i.e., annual meetings; abstract due dates) e) Opportunities for funding applications to follow-up on research results We appreciate your continued persistence in getting this study completed. We hope the data is interesting and useful to you and your organization in moving forward to prepare your nurses to integrate genomics into practice, education, and research. We look forward to continued discussions and follow-up in 2013.

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PNAA NEWS | Global Summit

| January 2013

2nd Global Summit of Filipinos in the Diaspora Set All is set for the conduct of the 2nd Global Summit of Filipinos in the Diaspora on February 25-27, 2013 in Manila, Philippines. For this year’s summit, the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) has adopted the theme “Two Years Thereafter: The Best of the Philippine Diaspora,” in line with its intent to track the progress and highlight best practices of diaspora engagement since the launch of the Diaspora to Development (D2D) initiatives during the First Global Summit held in September 2011. Activities lined up for the three-day event include: Pre-Summit activities on February 25, 2013 that includes participation in the 27th Anniversary Celebration of the EDSA People Power Revolution at the People Power Monument in Epifanio De Los Santos Avenue (EDSA) and the Summit Proper which will be held in Dusit Thani Hotel and Resort in Makati City on February 26-27, 2013. The Summit intends to serve as a venue for networking and exploring partnership among OFs and other development stakeholders. It also aims to highlight the progress of the D2D institutional projects; strengthen the synergy among Presidential Awardees; promote the networking of overseas Filipinos especially in their respective regions; and accelerate the participation of the 2nd and 3rd generation overseas Filipinos in the country’s development. To actively engage OFs in the socio-cultural and economic development of the country, the CFO has adopted D2D as a flagship program that will institutionalize and maximize their involvement in the country’s development through ten (10) major areas of interventions, namely: Alay Dunong or transfer of skills and technology; Arts and Culture Exchange; Balik-Turo or educational exchange; Business Advisory Circle or business linkaging and mentoring; Diaspora Investments; Global Legal Assistance; Lingkod sa Kapwa Filipino or Diaspora Philanthropy; Medical Mission Coordination; Tourism Initiatives; and Return and Reintegration. The event will be attended by members and regional partners of the Global Filipino Diaspora Council (GFDC); recipients of the Presidential Awardees for Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas under the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO); officers and members of US Pinoys for Good Governance (USP4GG) and other Filipino associations overseas; and local or Philippine-based participants, resource persons, speakers from the government, multi-lateral agencies, academe,

CFO schedules 2nd Global Summit on February 2013

Officials from the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) announce the upcoming 2nd Global Summit of Filipinos in the Diaspora scheduled on February 25-27 this year at a press launch in Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati City last November 14, 2012. Speaking before an assembly of media representatives and major sponsors are (from left) CFO Secretary Imelda M. Nicolas and Undersecretary Mary Grace Ampil-Tirona.

The Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) announced that it will be holding the 2nd Global Summit of Filipinos in the Diaspora at Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati City on February 25-27, 2013.

“Following the successful first summit in September 2011 in Manila, we expect the February 2013 event to be even bigger; with leaders of the various global Philippine associations in attendance,” said Sec. Nicolas. “Preparations are underway as we speak.” For the second summit, the CFO has adopted the theme ‘Two Years Thereafter: The Best of the Philippine Diaspora’ in line with its charge to track the progress of the different groups’ diaspora projects since the first summit and in order to identify areas of synergies to enhance these groups’ contributions to Philippine development. A diaspora refers to the movement or migration of people away from their countries of origin, heritage or interest, while maintaining links with their homeland. Through its flagship program, Diaspora to Development (D2D) the Commission intends to institutionalize and maximize Overseas Filipino involvement in the socio-cultural and economic development of the Philippines through 10 major areas of interventions including skills and technology transfer, arts and culture exchange, educational exchange, business linkaging, diaspora investments, global legal assistance, advocacy, diaspora philanthropy, medical mission coordination, tourismin itiatives, and return and reintegration. With the impetus of the D2D coming from the hundreds of Overseas Filipinos expected to attend the 2013 Global Summit , the rallying cry “BALIKBAYANIHAN!” has been fittingly chosen by the event organizers.

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January 2013

Philippine Embassy Guidelines

PNAA Nursing Excellence Awards 2013 is here!

DOH issues guidelines on foreign surgical and medical missions

By: Leila Z. Busch, RN Chair, PNAA Nursing Excellence Awards Committee

A December 26, 2012 press release from the Department of Health: The Department of Health (DOH) today signed Administrative Order No. 2012-0030, Guidelines on Foreign Surgical and Medical Mission Programs in Support of Universal Health Care/ Kalusugan Pangkalahatan, in the conduct of foreign surgical and medical missions (FSMMs) as a major component in the success of the current DOH thrust of Universal Health Care (Kalusugan Pangkalahatan). According to Health Secretary Enrique T. Ona, FSMMs play an important role in the delivery of health care services, especially in attaining Universal Health Care. FSMMs are activities where medical interventions and/or surgical services are provided to selected underserved areas and communities by a foreign individual or organization in partnership with a local government unit, nongovernment organization, hospital or medical society. FSMM can either be a One-Time Conduct of medical Mission or an â&#x20AC;&#x153;Adopt -A-Hospitalâ&#x20AC;? Program. Ona added that FSMMs shall be implemented as a means of attaining and ensuring a more accessible quality and appropriate health services for the poor. It should complement, rather than duplicate existing government health programs. Its success needs the cooperation and collaboration of different stakeholders like Professional Regulation Commission, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Commission on Filipinos Overseas, Department of Interior and Local Government, local government units, and non-government organizations. In 2011 alone, 154 mission of varying nature were conducted in different parts of the country. These areas include National Capital Region, Cebu, Bataan, Southern Leyte, Batangas, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, Abra, Quezon, and Sorsogon. During the implementation of some FSMMs, some challenges have been noted like proper identification of deserving areas where these missions are most needed, lack of structured programs for sustainability and continuity of care, and the need to enhance procedures and processes for faster facilitation and coordination of the FSMMs. The DOH created an FSMM unit under the DOH-Bureau of International Health Cooperation (BIHC) and is currently setting-up an interactive website to facilitate FSMM applications. The DOH shall develop a monitoring and evaluation system to measure the effectiveness of FSMMs and keep track of its implementation in the country. Under this activity, reports must be submitted by the local partner on a regular basis detailing out a summary of the FSMM activities conducted. These post-mission reports shall be the basis for assessing progress and improving FSMM program implementation. The Guidelines on Foreign Surgical and Medical Mission Program in Support of Universal Health Care/Kalusugan Pangkalahatan may be downloaded through the DOH homepage at

Interested parties may also contact Director Maylene Beltran of the DOH-BIHC at tel. no. (632) 651-7800 loc. 1302 or through fax at (632) 310-7560.

Nominate your nurse colleague, peer, friend, mentor and/ or leader for the 2013 PNAA Nursing Excellence awards. Award recognition will be during the Gala night at our:

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34th Annual PNAA Convention July 24-28, 2013 Renaissance Hotel Cleveland, Ohio Nominations will be accepted for the following categories: 1. Clinical Nurse 2. Nurse Administrator 3. Research Nurse 4. Nurse Educator 5. Community Service 6. Nurse Entrepreneur 7. Advanced Practice Nurse 8. Nurse Informatics Nomination forms are available through our PNAA website or ask any COP, regional leaders, Vice Presidents, and the Awards committee members. Deadline for all nominations: April 12, 2013 For any questions, please contact any of the Awards Committee members: Leila Busch (Chair) @ Marley Nicolas-Vice Chair, Eastern Region Marilyn Mallari-Vice Chair, North Central Region Maria Luisa Ramira-Vice Chair, Western Region Pamela Peterman- Vice Chair, South Central

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Preserving the Past to Protect the Future By: Amuerfina Castro, M.A. RN-BC The collection of historical records of the Philippine Nurses Association of New Jersey, the Philippine Nurses Association of America, and the Philippine Nurses Association of America Foundation were handed to the Special Collections and University Archives of Rutgers University Libraries on January 9, 2013 for permanent storage. The archives are at the Alexander Library section located at College Avenue in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The three organizations are officially incorporated as Non-Profit corporations in the State of New Jersey and granted an Exempt Status by the Internal Revenue Service of the United States of America. The vital records are available to ensure that that the public can use and learn from the documents. It will provide continuing access to the essential documentation of the contributions of the Filipino nurses who immigrated to meet the nursing shortage in the United States. It will facilitate a historical and accurate understanding of the Filipino Nurses as an ethnic group contributing to the health care delivery system of the country. The project was spearheaded by Phoebe Andes, the Founding President of the Philippine Nurses Association of New Jersey, the Philippine Nurses Association of America Foundation, and the Founder of the Philippine Nurses Association of America. It was first conceived four years ago, during the Philippine Nurses Association of America presidency term of Leo- Felix Jurado and was presented to the Executive Board of the Philippine Nurses Association of New Jersey during the presidency term of Marley Nicolas. The concept was likewise presented and approved by the Board of Trustees of the Philippine Nurses Association of America during the term of office of Ernesto Rosas. After lengthy discussions and exploring other universities located in the United States, the gift of deed to Rutgers University Library was finally signed on June 26, 2012. It was then the Philippine Nurses Association

of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presidency term of Reynaldo Rivera with May Mayor as his Executive Director. Marley Nicolas, the immediate past president of the Philippine Nurses Association of New Jersey signed the document with the current president Majuvy Sulse as witness. Amuerfina Castro, the secretary of the Philippine Nurses Association of America Foundation represented the president, Ernesto Rosas who signed the deed of donation document. Ronald L. Becker, head of the Special Collections and University Archives of Rutgers University Libraries is instrumental in the implementation of the project. The current and future records of the three organizations could be delivered to the library every 3-5 years. The records could be given using the technology but a paper copy is recommended since the technology changes and is currently a concern in accessing to the documents recorded using the older programs. Although it is not required, the three organizations donated some amount to the University. Likewise, an amount as a stipend to the graduate student who will be working on the boxes of documents that accumulated over the organizations years of existence. The graduate student will implement methods to permanently preserve the legacy and contribution of the Philippine Nurses Associations. The archives could be access at or for further information, contact the head of the collection Ronald Becker at (732) 932-7006 x 362. Alexander library is located at 169 College Ave. New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901

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Update on U.S. Medicare PH Campaign ERIC LACHICA, Organizer | 202-246-1998 We can look forward to a bright and promising year for the US Medicare PH campaign. Economic and political factors are in our favor. During these past weeks, we met with our enthusiastic partners and leaders in California and Nevada. In Los Angeles, we partnered with United Physicians International, Inc., a group of 30 doctors led by Dr. Filipino veterans led by Mr. Rene Lim, a UST Medical Ernesto Anolin in Delano graduate, who hails from Iloilo. His group now offers primary care services in Los Angeles and IN THE PHILIPPINES for Medicare and Medical (Medicaid) limited to Los Angeles area patients. It is under an innovative program with Easy Choice, one of the large health insurance companies in the state and MedPoint Management. They are also U.S. partner of The Medical City Hospital, a world-class hospital institution, headed by Dr. Alran Bengzon. UPI affiliated doctors in the PH provide temporary urgent medically necessary care there. Lim joined as a founding member. Their website is We also participated in a induction dinner meeting with the leaders of the L.A. Overseas Filipinos for Good Governance led by businessman Romy Baylon and Ms. Andrea Aquino, a nutritionist and a charter member of our organization. Mr. Benito Miranda of United Healthcare Medicare Solutions ( represents the largest medical insurance (Medicare Advantage & AARP sponsored) company in the United States. He reviewed with us his efforts over the past year to promote his company's UNLIMITED coverage for Medicare and Medicaid members who temporarily visit the PH. His company now handles the U.S. military TRICARE insurance plans nationwide. We were joined by Louie Laguitao of CA Home Health and Dr. Mariedel Leviste. Above is a photo of our partnership signing In Las Vegas, we with Dr. Lim of UPI and witnessed by Atty. met Philippine Ramon Ocampo, Bangon PH USA and Medical AssociaLouie Laguitao, a representative of the PH tion Nevada Seniors' Party at the UPI booth at the Eagle officers Dr. Ben Rock Filipino mall. Calderon and Dr. Tess Melocoton. We discussed a partnership to promote joint projects with their 200 physician members. Calderon is a De La Salle Medical School graduate and practices primary medicine. Calderon has an innovative Las Vegas-based project to link thousands physicians in the Philippines to serve Filipino Americans and OFW patients when they return or visit. They are very interested in promoting

our mutually beneficial proposal. We also briefed Mr. Ceasar Elpidio of the Las Vegas Filipino American Veterans Families advocacy group. We consulted Ms. Rozita Lee, a White House commissioner on Asian American Affairs and Ms. Lourdes Ceballos, a well-known journalist. In San Diego, the new officers of the Council of PH American Organizations (COPAO) led by Merly Ferrer, We urged them RN and the PNA chapter led by Erlinda Ortin, and Con- to work with sul General Helen Barbers Dela Vega were enthusiastic their new about our mission. Petition signatures were gathered Mayor Bob from forty community leaders. Filner, a former congressman who has agreed to support our efforts since last year. Ms. Alma Marcos, our S.D., founding member assisted us. ACCOMPLISHMENTS 2011-12 We are entering a challenging year under the administration of President Obama. Our health care system including Medicare and Medical (Medi-Medi) will be transformed dramatically. We must optimistically meet the growing needs of our seniors and baby boomers by smartly reducing the costs of Medicare. Our proposal may offer a Billion dollars per year in savings. In this challenging climate, we must seize opportunities as they come. To be prepared, we should recall the lessons learned and build on the productive 20 months of our official existence. We should be proud of our accomplishments: we recruited 200 prominent member leaders and 20 major partners in the US and in the PH. We have survived on a shoe-string budget during this economic recession. We have established working relationships with officials of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and several key members of the U.S. Congress. On Saturday, January 19, 2013, we will hold a welcome and appreciation night dinner for our visiting leaders from California, NY and Florida at the home of our hosts: Chair Daisy Tucay & Capt. Jun Tucay. PH Ambassador Jose Cusia and his wife Vicky will join us in celebrating our new year with our dozen guest leaders led by NY philanthropist Ms. Loida Lewis, USPGG, Sarah Gonzalez of San Jose, Vicky Navarro PNAA President, Pat Ganio Sr. and Dick Aquino of Florida. They will be participating in the presidential inaugural events in Washington in promoting our agenda. YES. We can win by building a coalition with our can-do partners. MABUHAY to 2013!

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Western Region | Southern California | January 2013

Major Marissa Marquez: Outstanding Award for Community Service UPORFA 2012 CONGRESS 15 Nov to 18 Nov 2012 Gran Bahia Principe La Romana Hotel Dominican Republic Major Marissa Marquez, USAFR, NC Union Panamericana de Oficiales de Reserva de las Fuerzas Aramadas (UPORFA), founded in 1994, is dedicated: to furthering the strategic aims of the United States, the Department of Defense, and SOUTHCOM; building civil/military alliances with the democratic Marrisa Marquez is in the second row, 4th from L-R in blue suit. She was a recipination states in South America; and build- ent of Outstanding Award for Community Service 2012 given by PNASD. ing strategic partnerships in the national interests of member countries founded on democratic collaboration. Numerous opportunities were given to the principles and the respect for civil authority conference attendees to share their ideas, practices, challenges, ( and innovative military practice strategies. We discovered that we share a common mission, caring for our military members and This work is done principally through contacts with their families, and a common language of caring and partner Reserve Officer Associations in Argentina, compassion. Participating countries included Dominican Republic, Chile, Uruguay, Peru and other nations of the region. Colombia, and United States of America. The symposium was hosted by MG (R) Robert W Smith III, UPORFA, Chief US Delegate and Colonel (R) Alfred Michaud USAR, UPORFA. The symposium presented the perspectives of military issues common to those serving in the South America region. The symposium agenda supports a broad range of topics to include military history, leadership, research, and militaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s roles in key areas to including, humanitarian missions and disaster management. This event held 14 November through 18 November at the Gran Bahia La Romana Principe Resort Hotel, Santo Domingo, Panama brought together delegates from different countries. Over the course of the 4 day symposium we exchanged ideas, learned about our cultural differences and similarities, and discussed military strategies. The goal of the symposium was to improve military practice through

[Editors Note: On Friday, 16 November, 2012 Major Marissa Marquez, reservist with 752nd Medical Squadron, March ARB, California and Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) International Health Specialist (IHS) presented Panama Medical Exercise (MEDRETE) at the UPORFA 2012 Congress. Major Marquez deployed to Province of Cocle, Panama in August of 2012 as one of the US military members selected for this humanitarian and civic assistance mission. Major Marquez presented an overview of the mission, discussed the mission impact, and shared lessons learned with our international military colleagues. Major Marquez, a member of the Philippine Nurses Association of San Diego (PNASD), is one of the recipients of the 2012 award for Excellence in Community Service from PNASD.]

Western Region | Greater Sacramento | January 2013

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PNASD Participate in Emirates Oncology Conference By: Al Espinas, PNAA Board Member

PNASD President-Elect Marlon Garzo Saria (7th from left) with Filipino nurses from Abu Dhabi. The Emirates Oncology Conference opened in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi on November 8, 2012. Hosted by Tawam Hospital, in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Health Services Co. (SEHA), under the theme 'Setting Higher Standards in Cancer Care', the three day conference, held at Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi, brought together international, regional and local specialists in cancer research, treatment and care to discuss and debate the latest advances in the field.An invited audience of more than 700 surgeons, physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals from the UAE, the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf otherwise known as the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), and the Middle East were in attendance, with sessions over three days

spanning breast cancer; palliative care; gastrointestinal oncology; gynecological oncology, urology; hematology; pulmonary oncology and pediatric cancer treatment. Khaled AlQawasmeh, RN, MSN, OCN, Clinical Research Nurse at Tawam Hospital; Mikaela Olsen, RN, MS, AOCNS, Clinical Nurse Specialist at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins; and Marlon Garzo Saria, Neuro-Oncology Nurse Researcher and a member of PNA San Diego, were the speakers for the Oncology Nursing Session at the conference. Marlon spoke on Oncologic Emergencies, Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitor (TKI) symptom management, and Radiation therapy in Breast Cancer.

EDITORIAL STAFF COMMENT To all our Colleagues in PNAA: Please be informed that we, the Editorial Staff, publish

articles in our Inside PNAA newsletter accordingly as we receive them from chapters of the different PNAA Regions. If you want articles about your region/chapter activities published, we would be able to accommodate them only if you send them on time. Inside PNAA news is published bi-monthly on the 15th and 30th of every month, Submission deadline is 3 days prior to publication. Please send your articles to: Madelyn Yu (Chair) @ Ferdinand Luyun @ ferdinand.luyun@ Ruby Godier at Mel Carillo at Ghie Alagano THANK YOU

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Western Region | Southern California

| January 2013

PNASC participates in Annual Rose Bowl Parade By: Glenda Totten Five EB members braved the cold December weather to decorate the first ever Nurses' Float to celebrate and honor nurses. There was great excitement in the air. We've never seen so many nurses from all over the state. There were nurses who flew in from the University of California San Francisco, nurses who drove down from Ventura County, and nurses from all over Los Angeles County. It was fascinating to witness the machinations of float decorating. For example, volunteers cut out leaf patterns from palm fronds, used flowers and seeds to decorate the animals. The float itself was graced with animals each representing a metaphor for the qualities of nurses. The birds and butterflies represent a healing environment. The mother and baby deer represent caring. The owl represents wisdom. The rabbit represents symbolically represents fertility, in the specialty, and also the wider context of educating, nurturing, and recruiting new nurses. The raccoon represents intelligence and the nurses who work at night. The squirrel represents the commitment nurses make to their patients. Most importantly, the turtle represents

the patient slowly moving toward wellness. There were three nightingales on a branch representing Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. Moreover, a replica of Florence Nightingale's lamp was featured throughout the colorful float. You can bet that Florence was proud to see how Nurses were honored in a most magnificent way in the most popular and internationally viewed 124th Tournament of Roses Parade.

Western Region | Southern California | January 2013

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PNASC Celebrates Holiday Dinner Aboard

PNASC board members preparing to take Long Beach harbor cruise as part of the Christmas/End of the Year celebrations.

It was a gray night and the weather outside was frightful but the lights were so delightful as we boarded “The Spirit” to take us for a 2 ½ hour dinner cruise for the annual PNASC holiday party led by our very own president, Mindy Ofiana. As we departed from the Shoreline Village in Long Beach, California and sailed by the Queen Mary, we were served with sumptuous dinner of prime rib, chicken, mashed potatoes, and green salad, accompanied by white wine and champagne. Immediately after dinner, we did our gift exchange, where in the spirit of Christmas, we decided to steal each other’s gifts in a game called “Thieving Secret Santa” or commonly known as “White Elephant Gift Exchange.” After few grabbing, we learned fast that one cannot be too attached to the gift one has chosen because it was bound to be stolen. In the end, everyone got the gift they so deserved. After all, they were all beautiful and meaningful gifts. In attendance, including our president, were Dr. Deovina Jordan with her husband and other family members; Glenda Totten, who also brought her husband and son; Rolando Santos; Leilani Unite; Linda Absher; Sharon Fabellar; Emma Cuenca; and yours truly, Maria Sagun. As we sailed through Long Beach Harbor accompanied by dance music in the upper deck of the yacht, we had the chance to spend quality time with each other and mingle with other guests. We danced like no one was watching until our feet hurt illuminated only by the festive lights from the neighboring houses and lighted Christmas

trees which served as buoys along the harbor. But alas, all good things must come to an end. After 2 ½ hours, we were back on shore and few of us capped Current PNASC president Mindy Ofithe night with desert ana opening gift with Sharon Fabellar looking on. Taken during harbor cruise. and coffee from the famous Parker Light House. We continued our tête-à-tête over rich Godiva chocolate cake and Fuji Apple Cobbler. When it was finally time to say goodbye, the rain started pouring oh so slowly and the air felt slightly chilly but the memory of the night kept us warm inside all the way home.

Executive board members during Long Beach harbor cruise.

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North Central Region | Illinois | January 2013

Passing the Torch: PNAI Inc. Inauguration By: Manelita Dayon The Philippine Nurses Association of Illinois, Inc. inauguration of newly elected officers in December 22, 2012 marked a special era in the history of PNAI. It became the sign of reunification and strong friendship that more than accomplished the number one goal and objective set by the organization and that is to â&#x20AC;&#x153;promote activities to unify Filipino-American nurses in Illinoisâ&#x20AC;?. The PNAI, Inc. which has been in existence since 1957 has showed that a strong foundation is a basis for its resiliency. Most of its past presidents shone in the national arena as strong leaders. Locally in Chicago, Illinois, PNAI nurses received a myriad of excellence awards presented by different foundations and organizations like the leadership awards by the Gintong Pamana Golden Foundation, Nursing Service Hall of Fame Award and the Asian-American Hall of Fame in Nursing Award. PNAI has a core of Filipino nurses who are dedicated to their profession and achievers of goals far beyond excellence not only in nursing but also in community service.

Ms. Imelda Cuevo, PNAI newly elected president for 20132015, has served the association on various positions and was an immediate member of the board. As a past administrator, community servant, a wife and a mother, she has strong leadership experience to support and guide her in leading the biggest number of member nurses in one of the chapters of the Philippine Nurses Association of America/North Central Region. Remy dela Cruz and Ludy Bustamante are key people in the success of the PNAI reunification. The 2013-2015 PNAI, Inc. officers are: Imelda Cuevo - President, Alma Jaromahum-President-Elect, Bryan Ranchero -Vice President, Bessie Baldovino-Secretary, Nieva Panes - Corresponding Secretary, Marilou Dangalan-Treasurer, and the following are the Board Members: Teresita Viloria, Florence Palmaira, Geraldine Gayden and Merly Perricone, Immediate Past- President is Remy dela Cruz. Congratulations and Best Wishes to PNAI, Inc., all its newly elected officers and members.

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PNAI Inc. Elects Officers for 2013-2015 On Mon, Dec 24, 2012 at 12:26 PM, Victoria Navarro wrote: Dear PNAA EB, Advisory Council and Cabinet ( BCC’d) PNA Illinois held it’s election of officers as per court order on Dec. 22. Ms. Imelda Cuevo is the New PNAI President 20132015. Beth Rosas North Central RVP, a will provide a more comprehensive listing of the officers with their email addresses so you can send your best wishes to them plus their induction in INSIDE PNAA. PNAA is sending our appreciation and thank you to PNA Illinois’ current President, Ms. Remy dela Cruz for staying on course and making this election happen. Acknowledgment goes to Ms. Gloria Simon, PNAI NOMELEC Chair and her team for making sure the election processes were according to the PNAI By-laws. We are all very confident that the PNAI unification is our main goal with the efforts of Remy de la Cruz with Ludy Bustamante, Imelda Cuevo and the new PNA ILLINOIS EB to move forward not just on paper but in our hearts. The six original Chapters of PNAA remain intact. God Bless PNAA. Very sincerely yours, Vicky Navarro, President <> Remy Solarte, Advisory Council Beth Rosas, NCR Vice President

PNA ILLINOIS Elected Officers 2013-2015 President: Imelda Cuevo, RN, BSN President-Elect: Alma Jarumahom, RN, MSN/ MAN, PhD, APN, CCRN Vice President: Bryan G. Ranchero, RN, BSN, PHN, CCNC Secretary: Bessie V. Baldovino, RN, BSN, Post Graduate Corresponding Secretary: Nieva Panis, RN, BSN Treasurer: Marilou Dangalan, RN, BSN Auditor: Felicitas C. Vincoy, RN, BSN Board of Directors: Maria Gema Esmalia, RN, BSN, MSN, PhD Paz Fortez, RN, BSN Geralden T. Gaden, RN, BSN, MSN Julie M. Mejia, RN, BSN Florence M. Palmaira, RN, BSN Merly F. Perricone, RN, BSN Lolita Ranchero, RN BSN Teresita Q. Viloria, RN, BSN, MSN

Community Events Dear Kababayans and Friend: If you know anyone interested in reaching out and gaining experience teaching in the Philippines in 2013, kindly share with them this innovative new program launched by Young FilipinoAmerican leaders in the United States. Spearheaded in the East Coast by Mr. Michael Vea and Ms. Angela Lagdameo, both of whom were chosen among the first batch of 10 Filipino American Youth Leadership Program delegates by the Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C. The program aims to bring 10 Filipino-American teachers to the Philippines to teach in resource-challenged schools. Thank you for your time and cooperation. Philippine Consulate General, New York

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PNAMH Strategic Meeting 2013 a review of its benefits was presented by Luz Reyes. This was followed by a video on "Lessons from Geese" and an inspirational talk on Leadership & Motivation by Gloria Beriones. At this point, everyone was pumped up and ready to share their plans and creative ideas.

On January 12, 2013, the PNAMH Executive Board gathered to plan for the new year. The agenda was full to capacity.

SWOT Analysis After a breakout session where Executive Board members were grouped together and a SWOT analysis performed, each committee reported and identified opportunities for growth. Some of those identified were: Membership Committee: Revive the Ambassador Program by identifying a representative from each hospital who can help recruit new members, retain current ones and act as a liaison officer between the member and the organization. Education Committee: Consider conducting poster presentations during the Spring or Fall seminars to encourage member participation. Publicity Committee: Circulate a newsletter twice a year to let members know more about the organization. Involve the members by creating a "name the PNAMH newsletter" contest. On the whole, the meeting was very productive: inspiring talks, wonderful exchange of ideas, and invigorating enthusiasm from all present. And now, it's time to bring these plans to life!

PCCI Free Flu Shots & BP Screening Community Outreach Event The Philippine Nurses Association of Metropolitan Houston, joined PCCI (People Caring for the Community, Inc.), and the Philippine Association of Medical Technologists to give out free flu shots at the Alief Family YMCA on Saturday, January 26, 2013. We were able to assist about 50 residents. Besides the flu shots, the volunteer nurses also conducted health teachings on health promotion, identifying signs of stroke, and preventing hypertension and other diseases. Through collaboration with other organizations, we are able to accomplish our goal of giving back and reaching out to the community. Special thanks to all our volunteers for allowing us to hold successful events such as these. Your invaluable help is much appreciated.

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South Central Region | PNACF | January 2013

Central Florida 2012: What a Blast! By: Manny Ramos, RN, MSN PNACF Board of Director, Education Committee Chair Nothing better could have capped off the end of 2012 to PNA of Central Florida (PNACF) than their annual holiday gala. The gathering of nurses with their families and friends was joyful and festive. The event was well attended and the merriment was sustained and never ending. Virginia “Ghie” Alagano had a lot of the nurses misty-eyed when she gave her farewell address as the out-going President of PNACF. Ghie served as President of PNCF in the last four years. The PNACF executive board surprised her with tribute that highlighted the accomplishments of PNACF. Ghie led the PNACF to become a registered chapter of the Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA). Her leadership was very instrumental in the success of the recent PNAA 12th South Central Region (SCR) Conference hosted in Orlando, Florida last May 2012. Ghie not only has the full support of the PNACF but from her husband, Edwin and her children. Jayne Wingie gave a tribute to her mom as an outgoing President with a hula dance performance to the tune of “The Prayer”. Ghie will continue her active involvement by serving as the PNACF Executive Director. The PNACF holiday gala this year was extra special as it held the induction of PNACF Executive Board 2012-2014. Guests flew to Orlando to grace the celebratory occasion. Dr. Letty Hermosa, PNAA President-elect was the Keynote Speaker, and inducted the Executive Board assisted by the SCR Vice president Pamela Windle. Dr. Clarita Miraflor inducted Rosie Antequino, the incoming President; assisted by Merlita Velasquez by holding the Bible while Rosie is swearing-in. Dr. Clarita Miraflor inducted also the founding officers of PNACF in 2001. Rosie Antequino delivered her acceptance speech after she received the ceremonial torch of leadership from Ghie.

Rosie and Ghie, together with their executive board, have been the driving force to the new levels of achievement that we have seen from PNACF. Rosie’s theme of her tenure is “ROSE”… R is for responsiveness, O… for opportunism, S… for Synergy and E… Engagement. Rosie committed to persevere in sustaining the momentum that PNACF has gained. The PNACF Executive Board officers each gave a rose to Rosie as a tribute while Sigrid Ladores honored her with a beautiful rendition of the song “The Rose”. The night of celebration had to end; however, it ushers in another year full of promise. PNACF continues to grow and remains committed to serve. We look forward to another year of achievement and fun. The following PNACF Executive Board for 2012-2014 was inducted: President: Fe Rosario “Rosie” Antequino, President-Elect: Lorelie Perez, Recording Secretary: Rosemarie Apostol, Corresponding Secretary: Ofelia Manaoat, Cornelia Macapagal, Treasurer: Gloria Dy, Assistant Treasurer: Mila Zamora, Auditor: Naomi Reyes, P R O’s: Benjamin Bustos, Arlene Bautista, Merlene Ferrer, Mila Garderis, Carmencita Ramirez, Nona San Agustin, Zeny Sta. Rosa; Advisory Council: Victoria Villanueva, Stella Justiniani, Yolanda Pascual, Lerma Tongco, Aniceta Arriola Board of Directors: Manny Ramos, Sigrid Ladores, Alice Tullo, Aurita Panggat, Joy Tangonan, Aida Sabarre; Executive Director: Virginia “Ghie” Alagano, Honorary Adviser: Hely Dalida

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South Central Region | PNAGF | January 2013

Philippine Nurses Association of Gulf Coast Florida commenced Community Outreach Initiatives for 2013 By Cecile M. Santos- Medenilla, PNAGF President/ SCR COP Forum Leader 2012- 2013 A very Happy and Prosperous New Year to all! We have finished the year 2012 with a successful Scholarship and C.A.R.E. Awards Gala night last December 7, 2012. And the very next day, we started sending emails to our General Membership. We asked for donation for PNAA Kababayan Emergency Preparedness Fund to help out our countrymen who were affected by the Typhoon Pablo aftermath. One of our Executive Board members hails from Davao Oriental and was affected by the Typhoon. She pleaded to our organization to help her out gather donation for her unfortunate kababayans. Up to this date PNAGF donated $1900 to her cause. Through her relatives, they were able to donate tarps for the houses, slippers for the children, canned goods, rice and other necessities to the Filipino people devastated by the calamity in the Philippines. PNAGF Executive Board and Membership was asked to

co-sponsor the First Santo Nino Novena Prayer night last January 11, 2013 at St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Catholic Church in Tampa, Florida. This is the second year we have sponsored this event during this term 2011- 2013. The exchanges of emails started asking members to participate in the event by donating food, desserts, water and manpower for this community service initiative. PNAGF participated in the mass by reciting the Rosary prayer, Reflection by one of our Executive Board member Janua Coeli Florentin Navarro and the Novena Prayer by PNAGF President Cecile M. Santos- Medenilla. At the end of the mass, PNAGF was given recognition by the President of Santo Nino Shrine Susan Bilbao for sponsoring the first night of the Novena Prayer. It will be a 9 days Novena which ends on the Feast of Santo Nino on Sunday, January 20th, 2013. The fellowship was attended by the devotees of Santo Nino after the mass. It was about 400- 500 people enjoyed the food and desserts prepared by PNAGF Executive Board and Members and co- sponsored by t Fil-Am Club of Pinellas County. A donor who wants to remain Anonymous donated a Lechon to PNAGF coordinated by one of our Executive Board member Elsie Barlow. The people were thankful and appreciative to the sponsors of the nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event It was a successful event to start the New Year 2013 for PNAGF Executive Board and Membership. Thank you for the continuous support, love, commitment and dedication. We are in this journey together! Mabuhay PNAGF!

Southern Region | Central Florida | January 2013

PNACF went Pink By: Lorelie Sta. Ana-Perez, RN, BSN, PCCN The day was marked with PINK!!! The Executive Board appeared in their pink outfits. The table covers were of hot pink. Everywhere you turned was a shade of pink. What was going on? It was October 13, 2012. The Philippine Nurses Association of Central Florida Inc. (PNACF) celebrated their second biannual general membership assembly. The general assembly is the time of the year that members got the chance to connect with each other. This is the time of the year we could also meet our memberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family. GhieAlagano, PNACF President welcomed all the attendees as the opening remarks of the meeting. Remember PINK! What was so gaga about pink color? October 13, 2012 was the launching of PNACF Cancer Awareness Network future project. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the pink ribbon is its official symbol; thus in commemoration of this special month, PNACF wears pink to show their support for this great cause. Leigh Mosqueda, RN, BSN, ARNP, a member of PNACF, was the guest speaker. She presented a dynamic and informative lecture on Breast Cancer. A lively discussion ensued

after the presentation. A one hour contact CEU certificate was awarded for free to PNACF members. After the Breast Cancer awareness presentation by Leigh Mosqueda, Ghie Alagano, PNACF President, presented to the members the recently amended PNACF by-laws. The members unanimously approved the amended by-laws hence it was ratified. Ghie proudly announced to the general members the awards that PNACF received during the PNAA National Convention held in San Antonio, Texas. PNACF members namely Benjamin Bustos, Lorelie Perez and Gloria Dy received silver medal for chapter recruitment. Dr. Rey Rivera, the PNAA outgoing president, bestowed the PNACF an award for exemplary and outstanding achievements for SCR chapter 2012. Ghie also announced the newly elected Executive Board of PNAA, Victoria Navarro the new President and Leticia Hermosa as the President-elect. Merlita Velasquez as the Executive Director, and the new SCR Vice president is Pamela

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Windle, the SCR COP is Cecile Medenillafor complete list of Executive Board Officers, Ghie told the members to read the printed Inside PNAA Newsletter. Ghie also announced and encouraged the members to attend the PNAA SCR Conference on May 3-4, 2013 in Tampa Bay and PNAA National Convention in July 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. The PNACF reached another milestone, the election of new Executive Officers. Two months prior the election, PNACF formed the NOMELEC Committee. Their function is primarily to set the guidelines for the election. A letter of intent was sent to the members and after a month, ballots were sent to members. During the General Membership Assembly meeting, the most awaited sealed election box was opened in front of the members by the outgoing president, Ghie Alagano. After tabulating the results, the newly elected officers of PNACF were announced by Ghie. After the meeting, celebration started by serving bountiful Filipino food, singing Karaoke, dancing and lots of picture taking. The members enjoyed going around the tables on the side of the venue to look at the many plaques, trophies, medals, and other awards, newsletters and souvenir programs that PNACF has accumulated in the last four years. They enjoyed looking at the pictures and boards that have pictures of the chapter, regional and national celebration and events. There was also a dedicated table that displayed Breast Cancer Awareness flyers and brochures and posters and more information regarding programs, activities of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cancer Society on Breast Cancer. Another great success for PNACF! We were able to recruit more members and everyone who attended truly had fun and enjoyed the day. Everyone went home with sore feet from dancing but surely a big smile on their face. MABUHAY ANG PNACF!

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Eastern Region | Maryland | January 2013

San Pedro College and PNA-MD Mobile Clinic First Responder to Victims of Typhoon Davao City, Philippines By: Sonia T. Neumeier Community Outreach Chairperson Philippine Nurses Association Maryland Chapter The Philippine Nurses Association-MD Chapter donation of a Mobile Clinic in early 2012 proved to be a “lifeline”for victims of recent typhoon Pablo in December 2012. The sight and situation are truly heart-wrenching. As many as 1,500 died and countless more residents lost their homes and livelihood. No words can describe the devastation and the suffering of the residents in the aftermath of one of the deadliest typhoons that ravaged the Davao area in recent memory. According to San Pedro partners, one victim had become so desperate that he committed suicide. True to its mission, the San Pedro College, our mobile clinic partners in Davao City, was the first institution to respond to the urgent need for help to the victims of typhoon Pablo in December 2012. The wellequipped mobile clinic was deployed and served as the “staging area”and first responder for typhoon Pablo victims. Majority of the roads and infrastructure were destroyed by landslides and flooding, making it impossible to reach the victim at their location. With the support of four-wheel rugged terrain vehicles, the victims were transported to the mobile clinic from hard hit areas of New Bataan and otherwise inaccessible remote villages. A total of 798 received urgent medical care and medicine. In addition to medical care, a total of 6,485 packs of groceries had been distributed. Subsequent mission trips were made four times after the initial mission in December 7. A total of seven “barangays” had been served by a team of medical doctors, nurses, medical technologists, guidance counselors, and relief workers. According to San Pedro College (SPC) partners, the resources to finance the above operations were limited, so all planned Christmas parties and merry making activities during the holidays had been cancelled in favor of these works of mercy. The SPC and the mobile clinic relief operations would like to continue both the medical missions and relief operations at least up to March 2013. The primary goal is to assist the residents in this most crucial time of rebuilding their lives and livelihood. The local government is doing its best to cope with the devastation with already scarce resources. The work is just beginning. The lack of infrastructure and other necessities will bring many more catastrophic challenges for the already impov-

erished villages. It is in this context that we appeal to the Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA) and friendsto assist our global partnerto serve our “kababayans” at this crucial time of need. For more information on how you can support the mission, please email: AleliFrias at, cell: 410-491-4412 or Sonia Neumeier at

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Committee Reports

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PNAA Kababayan Emergency Preparedness Funding (KEPF) Historically, the Philippines routinely experience calamities every year with varied intensity and impact among the Filipinos. The Philippines being a tropical island surrounded by the Pacific Ocean is vulnerable to such calamities including earthquakes, typhoons and floods. Furthermore, the economic status of the Philippines complicates more to the hardships of the disaster victims. In the Filipino culture, “sharing” is a core value that naturally emanates from within oneself. Therefore, creation of a disaster support program is imperative and defining the goal, objectives and methodology of the program will foster increased understanding and awareness of this special mission. It is the intent of this program description to encourage Filipino nurses to share and allow creative fund raising strategies for our Kababayans who are in desperate need of our help in times of disaster. PNAA believes that each one of us have stewardship within us and we will succeed as a team if given an opportunity. The 2008 PNAA COPs got together and formed KEPF the goal of which is to create an organized PNAA humanitarian relief mission to the Philippines in the event of declared disasters. One of such typhoons to hit the country recently was Typhoon Bopha (Pablo) which made landfall in the southern Philippines amid fears that it could be worse than a 2011 storm that killed more than 1,200 people. The storm packed top winds of 175 kph (110 mph) as it came ashore over the city of Baganga, and millions of people, many of whom live in remote and unprepared communities . The tightly packed but powerful storm threatened to bring devastating flash floods and landslides. High winds could blast some homes into sticks, uproot trees and cut power for days, government officials warned. The storm, dubbed "Pablo" in the Philippines, had blown up into a super typhoon at one point Monday, with sustained winds greater than 240 kph — the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center reported. The official death toll from super typhoon Pablo has already reached 1,020 people as the number of missing also rose to 844, a government agency announced. Typhoon Pablo, believed to be the most severe typhoon in the Philippines over the past two decades, made its

landfall in Baganga of Davao Oriental on Dec. 4, 2012. The typhoon brought strong winds and flooding, heavily affecting Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental provinces in Mindanao. Up to now, 30 provinces or cities are still out of power, with six provinces having no water supply, the NDRRMC said in a report released on Sunday morning. As almost 10,000 houses were damaged, more than 6.2 million survivors in disaster-affected areas were struggling for food and shelters. The cost of damages to agriculture totaled P16 billion ($390 million), and that to infrastructure topped P7.7 billion. The deadly typhoon has also damaged 385 schools in 22 provinces in eight regions.

Thanks to all Donors: KEPF Typhoon Pablo: PNA Gulf Coast Florida .................................. $200 PNA Northern California (San Francisco) .... $200 PNA Oregon Washington ............................... $500 PNA SEF (South East Florida) ......................... $200 Remy Solarte ..................................................... $130 PNA Central California ................................... $600 PNAT Cameron County .................................... $200 Southern California .......................................... $1,000 Central California ............................................ $600 Oregon/ Washington ...................................... $500 Northern California.......................................... $200 Total..................................................................... $ 2,300.00

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5K Walk/Run Wellness Challenge

By: Belle Villafuerte Co-Chair 5K Sub-Committee of the Ways and Means Committee To All PNAA/Chapter Members, First of all, we would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the participants of the 5K Walk/Run in San Antonio. Without your support, we simply would not have been able to achieve, more so, surpass our goal. The Annual PNAA/PNAAF 5K Walk/Run Wellness Challenge is our effort to raise funds that would help meet the mission of both organizations to financially support education, research, scholarships and community service. This is also an opportunity for the Filipino -American nurses to challenge their physical fitness. Since its beginning in 2008, the PNAA/PNAAF 5K Walk/Run has raised more than $100,000.00 to support the educational, scholarship, research, community outreach and legacy initiatives of the Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA) and Philippine Nurses Association of America Foundation (PNAAF). You can register as a participant or as a donor at ievent=1038929. As part of our incentive program for you to join: Early Registrants by January 31, 2013 will be entered in a raffle: $100 gift card. 2012-5K VIP Club Members, 1K to 3K fundraisers' registration fee will be waved and will receive VIP shirts. To encourage everyone, especially registrants who just paid the minimum $30 registration fee, 5K sun visors will be given to those who raise a minimum of $200.00 * Reminder that your donation is a tax write off. Your support would mean the world not only to PNAA/PNAAF, but to many nurses and Filipinos that will be benefited by the funds that will be raised. Your participation is of tremendous value to us. We are looking forward to seeing you in Ohio onJuly 27, 2013. Thank you for your continued support of the Philippine Nurses Association of America. Please contact me or Rollie Perea if you have any questions.

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IN MEMORIAM | January 2013

In Memoriam It is with deep regret that I announce the death of two of our PNAI Founders. JULIANA LANDICHO MANEZ, RN, BSN, MS ( NURSING ADMINISTRATION ) was formerly Director of Nursing at Mercy Hospital in Chicago. She moved on to become Vice -President of Nursing Services at the Mercy Center for Health Care in Aurora , Illinois. She was one of the few Filipino nurses who held high administrative position, at that time , in nursing profession. She was a graduate of MCU in Manila and was awarded as one of their Outstanding Alumni. In 1957, when PNAI was founded , she was one of the first set of officers as a Board Member and later Secretary. She continued on to become Chairman of the Board of Directors of PNAI during the presidency of Fortune Tam Kennedy and Emma Balquiedra Nemivant . Her role was that of an advisor and mentor to the young presidents of the Association. In 1966 , Julie and Emma B. Nemivant spearheaded the drive to raise funds for the bereaved families of the two Filipino nurses murdered by Richard Speck. She also contributed to the launching of the Association's first Newsletter, The PNAC Gazette. Julie, along with other officers, initiated the PNAC's Annual Convention and Induction of Officers. She continued to be supportive of PNAI as a member of the Consultants' Council whose membership consisted of past presidents. She retired in 1995 and moved to Fountain Hills, Arizona. In retirement, she continued her community service by volunteering at Mayo Clinic and in her Church. She passed away on November 18, 2012. Julie was a person of high integrity, loyal and devoted time and energy to our association since its founding. Any expression of sympathy may be sent to Julie's sisters at : Nena and Ely Manez 17018 East De Anza Drive Fountain Hills , AZ 85268

ELMER A. ROMERO 66, passed away on Thursday, January 3, 2012 at Somerset Medical Center in Somerville. Born in Aparri, Cagayan, Philippines, Elmer arrived in the United States in 1981 and resided in Jersey City before moving to Hillsborough twenty five years ago. He served as President and Executive Director for Morris County Aftercare Center in Randolph for the past 27 years. Elmer spoke several languages, was an avid reader, and enjoyed traveling all over the world, but his favorite destination was Italy. He was very curious about the world around him, especially science and nature. He also enjoyed classical music and attending Broadway plays. He was considered to be a father figure and spiritual mentor to many in the family.

TRINIDAD SOLEDAD ORTEGA, RN, MSN, was a nurse educator at V.A. Westside Hospital in Chicago. Before that she was a faculty at several nursing schools. When PNAI was founded in 1957, she was one of the first set of officers of the Association, as Founding Secretary . Since the birth of PNAC, she remained involved in the Association as Board of Directors, Vice-President, Auditor, Chairperson of several committees and other positions . Trining and her husband, Mike, moved to Florida after she retired from work . During her retirement , she devoted time in volunteer work in her parish. Trining died on November 5, 2012 from complications of ovarian cancer. The news of her death was announced to some of our nursing colleagues previously Trining was a sincere person, hard-working and always willing to help . She was a devoted wife to her husband and a loving mother to her children. She served our Association with high standards since its beginning. Any expression of sympathy may be sent to Trining's husband at: Mike Ortega 2425 Gulf of Mexico Drive , # 2F Longboat Key , FL 34228 Julie and Trining were both Founders of PNAI in 1957. They were devoted life members of PNAI . Let us pay our tribute of love and respect to their memory. Surviving are his beloved wife of thirty years, Israelita Isaguirre Romero; his loving son, Mark Romero of Somerville; and his cherished daughter, Melanie Romero of Hillsborough. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to any of the following institutions in Elmer's memory: Aparri Humanitarian International Foundation Attn: Rudy Deseo 354 Knickerbocker Rd., Cresskill, NJ 07626 Philippine Jesuit Foundation Attn: Margaret Llamas P.O. Box 312, New York, NY 10028 click "give online" in the upper right hand corner of the website. ATTY. DOLLFUSS ROSALES GO Our Dear Clarita, Please accept our sincere condolences for the passing of your beloved older brother, Atty. Dollfuss Rosales Go who joined the Lord in a manner that he would have preferred, knowing the driven nature of his life on earth, touching the lives of many, many people. We will offer prayers for him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Atty. Go's family. Very Sincerely Yours, Vicky Navarro on behalf of your PNAA Family,

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Ways & Means Committee Miscellaneous Ways and Means is no longer about just the 5k. Briefly we have about 10 projects going. We want our members to know that we are working hard to make this organization "WORLD CLASS". 1. We have the 5k fundraiser. 2. We are working closely with Cleveland Ohio and even Nevada for 2014 to help with coordination of events. 3. We just launched our HPN Global Initiative in which we now have professional global event planners helping us with convention planning. 4. We are working on launching Project Lunex that can potentially earn the PNAA thousands. 5. We are about to propose to the EB one of the most important projects in PNAA history, launching the Nursing Student Committee which will ensure an infusion of young blood to the PNAA. 6. We just collaborated with the APNF our first academic partnership with Grand Canyon University which will allow us to have an IRB partnership which in turn will help us apply for federal grants. 7. We will be having a strategic planning session with a professional advertizing guru to help PNAA market itself and the target goal are young members. 8. We are now official corporate partners with Vonage. Also, we have a project we want to launch, which is to make sure Inside PNAA gets to each and every member. There is a special computer program that can be sent to our current email database to see if the email goes to the right person. This will ensure a better communication infrastructure for all of PNAA. Rollie Perea Chair, Ways and Means Committee

Please save the date: March 2, 2013. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be delighted if you can grace our event with your presence.

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