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NOLITC Graduates Pioneering Batch of Media Transcriptionists

NOLITC Graduates Pioneering Batch of Media Transcriptionists

GRADUATES. The 24 newly-certified medical transcriptionists, who completed their 45-day program at NOLITC during the graduation rites yesterday with Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr., Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, SP Member Alain Gatuslao, NOLITC head Dr. Cristina Orbecido, Dr. Arnulfo Seares and EEDD head Atty. Japhet Masculino.*

Launched only three months ago, the Medical Transcription Course offered by the Negros Occidental Language and Information Technology Center of the Provincial Government yesterday churned out its pioneering batch of 24 graduates, who are mostly registered nurses.

At the graduation ceremonies attended by Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, industry leaders cited the prospects awaiting the medical transcription sector that is expected to be a $20 billion industry in the wake of the Obama Health Care Program otherwise known as the Affordable Care Act that reforms the health insurance industry and the American health care system as a whole.

The Med Trans program at NOLITC was launched by Marañon and Lacson on July 15. Classes took off on August 7, 2013.

Atty. Japhet Masculino, head of the Capitol’s Economic Enterprise Development Department, citing industry figures, said that currently, at least 50,000 Filipinos are gainfully employed in the Med Trans sector, a non-voice BPO, whose demand is expected to shore up to 100,000 more by 2016.

The Med Trans industry in the United States, he said, is still considered an empty industry, adding that if the Philippine labor sector is able to corner even just 10 percent for the short term, it will translate to about $2 billion.

Dr. Arnulfo “Jun” Seares, owner of the Pronto Medics Transcription that currently employs 120 medical transcriptionists locally, supported Masculino’s projections, saying that with the Obamacare, doctors in the United States are expected to double the number of patients they normally attend to.

Consequently, Seares explained, this results to more medical records being dictated by physicians, medical clinics and hospitals, and they need to be transformed into Word documents by the medical transcriptionists.

Compliance by the medical industry is a must as they will be periodically audited under the Obama Care Act, otherwise, each violator may be fined by as much as $20,000 if their records are not transformed into Word documents, Seares added.

The good side to the Med Trans labor force is that workload can be done at home, so they can still be with their family, attend to their daily routine as they await the voice or audio file that the office will send them by mail that’s when they can start work, said Seares, whose local company has set up a joint venture, to be known as Rapid, with Florida-based Justin Cole.

Rapid Transcripts is ready to take off as soon as the company website construction is completed, he added.

Six members of the 33rd batch of NOLITC graduates are already working as medical transcriptionists, while the rest are expected to report yesterday afternoon at Pronto Medics for screening, said Dr. Ma. Cristina Basa-Orbecido, head of NOLITC.

Orbecido said that 100 percent of the graduates have also passed their National Competency Assessment Examinations for new medical transcriptionists conducted by the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority, the provincial government program partner at NOLITC.

Marañon also confirmed that General Transcription and Legal Transcription courses as well as Animation in the near future are already in the pipeline and NOLITC is in the process of finalizing plans for the proposed new offerings.

At the same time, Marañon congratulated the graduates, who, he said, should set an example to the succeeding batches. “This is just the start; the beginning. Whatever shortcomings we have, we will correct them to further improve the program. This industry will not only help the Negros economy but of the entire Philippines. This will help address poverty as it gives hundreds of jobs,” Marañon pointed out.

The roster of the pioneering batch of medical transcriptionists, who completed the 45-day course under NOLITC and the Governor’s Training for Work Scholarship Program, included Dolly Abong, Shari Ann Albay, Leahmar Amaca, Marissa Tracy Ansula, Randy Peacita, Jairis Bayoneta, Rommel Manuel Bolivar, Rachel Ann Borcillo, Aimee Abba Cala-or, Juvic May Chuanico;

Joemel Elaco, Marilyn Golez, Loren Pearl Lauren, Junalyn Lindugan, Sarah Joy Logrunio, Jennifer Maligaya, Joanna Marie Manuel, Katrina Charmaine Ortiz, Reides Rafil, Desiree Rato,Joleen Marie Regalado, Patricia Torrechilla, Paola Ema Villanueva and Janice Villaroman.

Five Schools Top Statistics Quiz

Five Schools Top Statistics Quiz

Doña Montserrat Lopez Memorial High School participants together with Coach Rhiza Dones (2nd from left) receive the cash prize from Board Member Rolando Ponsica (4th from right) in the presence of Asst. PPDO Lawrence Ledesma (right) and judges Dr. Felicidad Altalaguire (left), Jessamine Calma and Febe Quinco (3rd from right).* /Capitol photo

Five schools will be representing the province in the statistics regional finals in Iloilo this coming October 25 which include Doña Montserrat Lopez Memorial High School in Silay City, Negros Occidental High School (NOHS), Toboso National High School, La Castellana National High School and Himamaylan National High School.

Doña Montserrat Lopez Memorial High School ranked number one, besting 20 other schools during the provincial eliminations followed by NOHS, Toboso National High School, La Castellana National High School and Himamaylan National High School at Eastview Hotel, yesterday.

The twenty one groups representing various secondary schools of the province were trimmed down to ten after the qualifying round by paper and pencil.

The final round determined the top five schools.

The board of judges include Dean Dr. Felicidad Altalaguire and Jessamine Calma of Colegio San Agustin and Febe Quinco.

Board Member Rolando Ponsica, SP Committee Chairman on Education, Culture and Arts was delighted to see young students understand and appreciate statistics at an early age.

Asst. Provincial Planning and Development Officer Lawrence Ledesma emphasized the importance of statistics in our daily life and should not be ignored.

The top five schools received a certificate and a cash prize of P6000, P5000, P4500, P4000 and P3500 respectively.

Dr. Vicente F. Gustilo Memorial National High School, Escalante National High School, Murcia National High School, Ramon Torres National High School and Sagay National High School complete the top ten schools during the stat quiz.

The annual stat quiz aims to assess the competency of high school students in statistics.* /Capitol News

SP Approves P28.7M Budget from Quick Response Fund

SP Approves P28.7M Budget from Quick Response Fund

Acting Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson presides the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) meeting with various department and office heads of the provincial government, NGOs and other government agencies at the Capitol, yesterday.*/Capitol photo

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan approved the budget worth P28,792,500 to be sourced out from the Quick Response Fund (QRF) of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) Fund 2013 to assist the local government units hit by the floodings in the Southern part of Negros last October 3-9, 2013.

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) presided by Acting Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, earlier approved the budget for the concurrence of the SP.

The amount represented 30 percent of the total PDRRMC budget for 2013. Of the total budget, P19,267,500 will form part of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) assistance to the agri-fishery affected areas and P8 Million is allotted for the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) for disaster relief operation and shelter assistance while the P1,525,000 budget of the Provincial Health Office will augment the supplies, medicines, aqua tabs water purification tablets of the affected LGUs.

Acting Governor Lacson, citing the recent earthquake that hit Bohol and Cebu said that he talked with Provincial Engineer Ernie Mapa regarding their post assessment of the provincial government properties. “We are lucky that we have been spared from the earthquake that rocked our neighboring province last year and once again, we are spared from the same incident”, he said.

Present during the meeting were Board Members Pedro Zayco, Helen Zafra, George Gitano, Renato Malabor, Provincial Administrator Enrique Pinongan, Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator Marlin Sanogal and assistant Lawrence Ledesma, Provincial Budget Officer Percival Salado, Bureau of Fire chief Fred Trajeras, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Liane Garcia,, NCPERD Fr. Rodrigo Anoran, APSA Carlos Ganihong and other PDRRMC members.* /CAPITOL NEWS