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CHCC holds ‘Bring Your Kids to Work Day’ event

THE CHCC Employees Association held “Bring Your Kids to Work Day” on Thursday to educate their children about health issues and to introduce them to healthcare professionals working at the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.

Amber Mendiola, acting administrator of the Non-Communicable Disease Bureau, said 50 children of CHCC employees attended the first ever “Bring Your Kids to Work Day.”

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Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. pharmacy manager Rodylyn Bacani with her son Robin.
Daisy Igitol of Maternal and Child Health Bureau-HOME Visiting program brings her five children to her work place.  Photos by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

“It is actually a national event in the U.S. held in April, but we didn’t want the kids to miss classes so we decided to do it during the summer,” Mendiola said.

They set up various activities in CHCC’s parking lot, including a mini-health fair that featured health programs and services.

“We also had educational activities for them,” Mendiola aid. “They learned  how to wash their hands properly, looked at the science behind making slime, and learned about how to measure sugar in beverages and how much sugar is in the things they drink.”

She said personnel from Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services and the Department of Public Safety showcased their trucks and equipment and spoke to them about what they do to protect the community.

As for the older children, they got to explore some of the hospital facilities, including CHCC’s new fitness center, Mendiola said.

CHCC Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna said the event allowed the children to find out about what their parents are doing.

“This was also an opportunity to create some interest in health careers as we try to expand our local workforce,” she added.

One of the participants, Robin Bacani, 16, said he learned a lot about the hospital. He said he was most interested in the information-technology department. “I shadowed someone working for the IT department.”

CHCC pharmacy manager Rodylyn Bacani said her son Robin “saw something different in the hospital, and it has opened his mind to the careers available in healthcare.”