PNA Gensan's Strategic Evaluation and Planning Session

The Philippine Nurses Association General Santos City Chapter held a strategic evaluation and planning session at Big Chow Resto, General Santos last Saturday, February 20, 2010. Seven officers participated in the deliberations to strengthen and enhance the chapter over a two-year period, starting from January 2010 through 2012.

The Chapter engaged the services of management and OD consultant, Mr. Jerome Babate (Babate Associates), to facilitate the strategic evaluation and planning session. His experience in organizational strengthening blended well with the chapter's goal of becoming a model chapter within the Philippine Nurses Association.

Neil Boholst (Mindanao Medical Center), FJ Babate (Babate Associates), Janet Alcala (St. Elizabeth Hospital), Lodar Escobillo (Notre Dame of Dadiangas Univerity), Tonette Edris, Joanne Sienes (St. Elizabeth Hospital), Rita Perez (Labella Hospital), Dandy Vallin (Brokenshire College SOCSKSARGEN)

The session allowed for tremendous outputs which included: review of the vision and mission statements, core values and strategic themes (continuing professional educaiton, leadership development, membership development, community service and resource generation).

In keeping with the Chapter's commitment to action, an action officer (a chapter officer) was designated to spearhead each of the five (5) strategic directions.

Profs. Lodar Escobillo (VP Finance) and Tonette Edris (VP Program), praised this initiative by the chapter leadership and commended it for its steadfastness in addressing challenges and its commitment to rigorous and continuing self-assessment.

Joanne Sienes, the Chapter president, said that she was particularly inspired by the dedication, enthusiasm and knowledge demonstrated by chapter officers during the strategic evaluation and planning exercise. She reaffirmed the Officers' unwavering focus on enhancing the Chapter's initiatives and emphasized the Chapter's commitment to empowering its officers and members to meet the challenges of a dynamic nursing service organization.