Aquino cites vital contributions of occupational nurses, looks forward to working with them to provide quality health care to Filipinos

President Benigno S. Aquino III cited vital contributions of the country's occupational health nurses and said he looks forward to working with them in fulfillment of his government's promise of quality health care to millions of Filipinos.

"An empowered citizenry is our most vital asset in our quest for an equitably progressive Philippines, and we in government count on the medical sector to enact their duty to our citizens: to advance the standards of their practice and uphold the values of accountability, excellence, and honor in their profession," the Chief Executive said in his message to the Occupational Health Nurses Association of the Philippines (OHNAP) on the occasion of its 62nd Foundation Anniversary on Thursday.

The OHNAP is a non-stock, non- profit professional organization of nurses working in the industrial, agricultural, commercial, educational, service (hotel & restaurant), government and non-government institutions. The organization opened its 43rd national annual convention and 62nd Foundation Anniversary on September 13 in Manila.

The country's occupational health nurses are in a position to address the immediate medical needs of the people, President Aquino noted.

"I take this gathering as a reaffirmation of your commitment to our people, and I look forward to more fruitful years of working with your collective, in fulfillment of our promise of accessible, quality health care to our countrymen," the President said.

"I wish this convention success, and may this gathering further embolden you to carry on with your mission, as, united, we tread the straight and righteous path towards a future of prosperity and stability," he said.

The OHNAP was founded as an Industrial Nursing Unit of the Philippine Nurses Association in 1950 by Magdalena Valenzuela of the Department of Health.

The association's constitution and by-laws, which was approved on November 12, 1966, officially changed its name to Occupational Health Nurses Association of the Philippines Inc.