Bringing a new level of student empowerment excelled in leadership and learning, the new set of MHAM Student Council officers for the academic year 2018 to 2019 started to raise the beacon of refined governance to keep the ability to empower others by creating more leaders to serve and to set out to make a difference in attaining their goals.
Challenged to address the interests of the greater good of the MHAM Student Body throughout the academic year, the current officers who were inducted last July 30, 2018 with their undertaking to continue the legacy of transparent, reliable and efficient leadership commenced their commitment to lead the major events and activities inside and outside the school premises.
This year, the elected and appointed student-leaders are set to bring out their strength and dynamism as a team, who will lead the aspiring doctors alongside their medical journey with the MHAM way.
Destined to redefine leadership in action, Bryan Jay Carlo A. Paña will lead the Student Council as President; Athena Marie A. Anog as Executive Vice-President; Ozair S. Ambag as Internal Vice-President; Pauline Ashley M. Robins as External Vice-President and Senior APMC; Moises Ain Lucas A. Maramara as Junior APMC Representative; Nohah G. Radiamoda as Secretary; Sheena Rose P. Leduna as Assistant Secretary; Mae Ann C. Menchavez as Treasurer; Angelo Hernaez as Assistant Treasurer; and Marco Lope H. Carabaña as Auditor.
Christine Kaye L. Bete, Snem Austin Y. Bellosillo, Frances Oscar S. Gaviola, Hisham R. Guinar and Jehu Miles S. Cocjin will serve as Public Relations Officers, respectively.
To complete, this year’s Batch Representatives are as follows; Ma. Christine O. Torralba for first year, Jo’el Jose A. Peñaranda Jr. for second year, Sara R. Tamayo for third year and Athena Mae L. Ibon for fourth year.
Together, they will bring forth the essence of leadership and learning which will be reflected in the standards they set for themselves.
According to the new SC President who led the officers in spearheading the most recent 4-day MHAM Days Celebrations with estimable success, the new set of officers will empower other students to be committed and be involved in all the endeavors for a better and greater MHAM.
Redefining the Voice of Excellence, Voice of the Students during the election campaign, Paña, who ran under VOX Party, was the President of Resiliere Class 2B in the academic year 2017-2018. A year ago, he had been urged to run for the Student Council seat but he eventually focused his service in the classroom as he fully believed that everything will come at a proper to perfect time.
A native of Davao City who finished Bachelor in Medical Laboratory Science at Mindanao Medical Foundation College, 22-year old ‘Bry’ as he is fondly called by everybody, practically grew up with the inclination to lead just by example. Prior to his service in MHAM, Bry was a dedicated CFC Youth For Christ Campus Based-Executive Vice President in 2012-2013, CFC Youth For Christ Campus Based-President in 2013-2014, Medical Technology Society-Vice President in 2013-2014, Medical Technology Representative-League of Medical Student Leaders in 2013-2014, BMLS-MMFC Batch President in 2014-2015 and Clinical Efficiency Awardee in 2014-2015 where he was sent as a student-delegate in the International Leadership Conference.
“As the new President of the Student Council, I will continue what the previous student government had started by being the voice of the Student Body, addressing their needs and concerns. One thing that we, together with the rest of the Student Council, plan to establish this school year is to have full coordination and support with the school organizations, their projects as well as their activities. We also plan on providing potable drinking water to the student body, hopefully, until the end of the school year. One of the major projects for this year is the ‘Go Green Project’, a Zero Waste Management Program to promote a styrofoam and plastic free campus that we are planning to launch in the near future. Student commitment and involvement begin with one vital aspect, which is communication. Where else should this communication begin, of course it should begin within the Student Council. I am in for making personal bonds within the Student Council in order for us work harmoniously with each other. I have my full trust in them and I know that the Student Body have elected the best leaders to serve them”, Paña said in an interview.
Stirred by an encouraging two-word byword that says, ‘Love serves’, as his life’s motivating motto, the new president redefined leadership in a new level to keep going and growing with the people who motivated him to serve with love.
“Being a leader for me is being passionate about serving other people without having personal gains and interest. When you see other people happy, satisfied and contented with the things that you have prepared for them, that is the best recognition one could ever have. Those people who believed in my capabilities and trusted my leadership are the people who keeps me going more so now when everything seems unprecedented and sudden for me. They are the people who keeps me grounded”, he added.
Shaped to serve and refine leadership and learning through his governance, this aspiring doctor initially planned to take up Pediatrics in the future as a specialty although he became interested in Emergency Medicine just lately. “When I was young, my father was in need of medical attention. Living in a place with limited medical capabilities at that time, we needed to travel three to four hours in order to seek medical attention. I lost my father in such a young age and that opened my mind into entering Medicine. If the young boy in me could not do anything at the time he lost his father, maybe someday I would be a vessel for someone to be with his father for a much longer time. I would like to give the opportunity that I did not have to somebody else. Nothing is really certain for now. I’m taking everything one step at a time”, he concluded.
Steered by the precept that a team is a reflection of its leadership, the new set of student-leaders will join forces with other school organizations such as the Caduceus Rescue Unit (CRU), Student Advocates for Public Health and Environment (SAPHE), Askleptians, MHArMony, MHAM Upbeat, MHAM Acoustics and MHAM Saline Options to carry out their tasks as one eventful community.
Because true leaders aren’t born but are made, the future doctors in the Student Council with their duty-bounded accord and values-driven examples can set alight to create more leaders from time to time. Molded with the voice of excellence and ability to empower others, the MHAM student-leaders in their determined commitments and even unforeseen contributions will truly leave a significant mark towards leadership and learning which are inseparable in med school. (Ana Liza Abao)