The Veterans Memorial Medical Center held a seminar entitled “The Way to Happiness Program: Genuine Peace Grounded on Ethics and Values” on March 5-7, 2018 at the Basilio Valdes Hall. The three-day seminar- workshop was organized by the VMMC GAD Focal Point in partnership with The Way To Happiness Foundation, Inc. (TWTH) and aims to instill the importance of values and ethics among the staff in order to achieve genuine and lasting happiness in the workplace and at home.


            More than forty (40)select employees composed of physicians, paramedical and administrative personnel from the different departments, divisions and services of the hospital attended the seminar. Also in attendance were participants from various NGO and government institutionswhich included film actor Jeffrey Ramos who represented the MMDA, Major Ian Pabelan and Jackie Lyn Nunag of the Philippine Army and Ms. Tessa V. Yuvienco, Co-Founder and President of eKindling.


            VMMC GAD Focal Point Chairman Dr. Franklin V. Gali in his opening speech said that the seminar will serve as a training ground for individuals who will act as moral saviours and healers who can effectively conduct psychosocial sessions and peace promoting assessments.


            Ms. Josephine Jamon of the Dietetic Service and Ms. Lea Valdez of the Nursing Service alternately handled the lecture sessions and discussion of the 21 Precepts in the book entitled “The Way to Happiness” while Mr. Jerry Perez Tagle President of the The Way To Happiness Foundation, Inc. (TWTH)along with other members served as lead facilitators and mentors during the seminar.


            The seminar included lectures, interactive discussions, individual and group exercises, audio-visual presentations, and demo teaching. Lectures on each precept aided by film showing. Thorough discussions were held where the participants and the facilitators gave their insights and likewise their experiences and personal stories relative to the 21 precepts.


            The highlight of the seminar came on the last day where the graduation ceremony and demo teaching took place. Gracing the event were ASEC Antonio L. Bautista of the Office for Human Resources of the Department of National Defense, VMMC Director Dominador M. Chiong Jr. and VMMC Assistant Director Franklin V. Gali.


            ASEC Bautista, the Guest Speaker, challenged the graduating participants in his key note remarks “To the newly graduated trainors and the two master trainors hopefully ma ishare natin ang learning and experience because by following the 21 precepts I am sure ay magiging Masaya tayo”


             Dr. Dominador M. ChiongJr together with Dr Gali, and with the assistance of ASEC Bautista and Mr. Tagle led the awarding of certificates to the participants and master trainors.


             Right after the graduation ceremony, the demonstration teaching of the participants ensued. During the practice teaching, the participants were divided into two groups and each member of the group was assigned to do a simulated teaching of their respective assigned precepts. Each performance was then evaluated by the two guest participants; Mr. Jeffrey Santos and Tessa V. Yuvienco. Both of whom offered advices and techniques on how to hone and improve teaching skills and more importantly, how to effectively cascade the 21 precepts to the rest of the employees.


The seminar was spearheaded by the VMMC GAD Focal Point system and one of the series of activities lined up for the month long observance of the 2018 Women’s Month.