Doc Charles Marquez, fondly called "Renren" at home, was born in July 6, 1979 at Ozamis City, Misamis Occidental. He grew up in Iligan City all of his life. As a matter of fact more than two decades of his life, as of real time, was spent threading the streets of the City of Waterfalls. Doc Charles went to San Miguel Village School from pre-school up to 1st grade. He then transferred to St. Michael's College where he finished the rest of his basic education.
Doc Charles is a "Iskolar ng Bayan" from high school until he finished college at the Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. It is during this time that Doc Charles started to gain consciousness on the socioeconomic and political ills of his environment. As an altar boy and "iskolar ng bayan," he immersed himself in the poorest communities in Iligan City and beyond. The society became his school and the masses became his teachers. Needless to say, with the zealous devotion to serve the underprivileged, Doc Charles became a militant student leader.
During Doc Charles' college years, he was elected to the "Kataas-taasang Sanggunian ng mga Mag-aaral" or the Supreme Student Council of Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. Doc Charles started as the Chairperson of the Grievance Committe and eventually became the Vice President for External Affairs. Doc Charles initiated activities that involved talented students by spearheading several music gigs.
While inspiring the students to get positively involved in music, Doc Charles never failed to fight for the democratic rights and welfare of the students. Doc Charles actively and fearlessly became one of the organizers during the student strike against tuition fee increase. Such mobilization deterred the implementation of the tuition and miscellaneous fees increases in the late 1990's which became one of the most significant achievements done by KASAMA. Ensuring the tradition of militant student leadership to genuine serve the people, Doc Charles became one of the founding members of the Student Alliance for the Advancement of the Democratic Rights and Welfare in MSU-IIT.
Doc Charles graduated from MSU-IIT with a degree of B.S. Zoology and he was the recipient of the Institute Leadership Awardee given by the Department of Biological Sciences. Pursuing his childhood dreams to become a doctor, Doc Charles went to Manila and took medicine. Doc Charles eventually finished his Doctor of Medicine at San Beda College. While most of the medical students only confined their learning within the four corners of the classroom, Doc Charles did his learning in a much more holistic approach. He studied the root causes of the poor health situation of the Filipino people beyond the biological causes. Doc Charles lived with the underprivileged population in the shanties of Metro Manila and learned much from them. Doc Charles was also very active in cause-oriented and mass organizations like Phi Sigma Gamma Fraternity, Health Students' Action, and Health Alliance for Democracy. Doc Charles became a member of BAYAN MUNA Partylist - the strongest and biggest partylist in the Philippines. Doc Charles worked for community-based health programs and advocates empowering the people to address the basic problems of health care delivery in the Philippines. Doc Charles also marched with the people in demonstrations and rallies against the government's program of health commercialization, privatization of government hospitals, contractualization of health workers, commercialization of health education, and harassment and extrajudicial killings of health workers.
After passing the Philippine Physician Licensure Examination, Doc Charles trained as an Emergency Physician for two (2) years where he still fought for the democratic rights and welfare of contractual workers. Doc Charles then had his very short training stint as a surgical resident, and eventually went home to Iligan City. Doc Charles practiced medicine as resident physician in several hospitals including at the Gregorio T. Lluch Memorial Hospital. He served as a resident physician at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and witnessed the heart-crushing experiences of pregnant women and birthing mothers. Doc Charles also experienced the harsh working conditions of health workers and the delayed of payment of salaries at GTLMH.
With the heart to serve the people, Doc Charles fearlessly exposed such problems. Unfortunately, the hospital and local government officials of Iligan City took the criticisms badly instead of addressing the problems in order to improve the health care delivery in Iligan City. As a result, Doc Charles was not renewed after his contract to serve as an OB-GYNE resident at GTLMH ended.
DOC CHARLES MARQUEZ left the comforts of being an ordinary doctor and unselfishly offered himself took the challenge of fighting for GENUINE CHANGE.
Recognizing the great extent of health problems in Iligan City and the Philippines as a whole, I offered my knowledge, time, and effort in serving the people.
Systems thinking in strengthening health care delivery is a concept that I just came across while browsing the net. It made me realized that I have been doing the concept ever since the time I started devoting myself serving the people.
Human resources for health in Iligan City, Philippines is insufficient t in optimal health care delivery. Optimal health care delivery means adequate maternal and child health, child nutrition, health financing, health physical resources and leadership.
Realizing better outputs in Iligan City Health System is best realized by employing a systems thinking in developing human resources for health policy development and interventions. Priority initiatives will be developing policies and interventions on creating a step-ladder training education program for nurses. The step-ladder training education program will produce a barangay health worker, midwife, and nurse altogether in one person. Graduates will be going to poor communities in Iligan City.
Training and education for human resources for health which have perceived high motivational value will help in deploying the optimal number of health worker to poor communities.
I day-dream and I think a lot. Coming up with ideas, methods, and synthesis of solutions to Iligan City's Health System. I day-dream and I think a lot on learning more about Systems thinking.
Browsing through Systems Thinking over the net never cease to bring me to interesting sites, and that's how I landed at TEDxTalks. Talks about reinventing the methods of teaching and the way we think inspires me the most. These gave me the push to know more about TED. And that's the birth of my TED story.
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