Pines City Colleges carried out an outreach program last March 15, 2017 at Gold Creek Elementary School located at Aleb, Ucab, Itogon Benguet. This is the fourth year that PCC conducted its outreach in the said school where around 139 pupils and 40 parents benefited.

To strengthen further the partnership, the activity started with the signing of the renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding where PCC will continue to assist Gold Creek Elementary School for another 3 years in promoting holistic education to empower and inspire the students in their quest for excellence. PCC was represented by the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Abigail T. Bersamin while Gold Creek Elementary School was represented by the Teacher-in-Charge, Mr. Conrado Caniero. The different Colleges of the institution also entered into Memorandum of Understanding with Gold Creek, offering their respective expertise. Present during the signing to represent their respective Colleges were Dr. Juan Sudcalen, College of Dentistry; Ms. Vien Palome, College of Nursing; Mr. Jo Walitang, College of Rehabilitation Sciences; Dr. Marina Segnaben and Dr. Deborah Mangonon, College of Medical Laboratory Science; Ms. Rinaliza Bugsolen ,College of Respiratory Therapy; Dr. Abigail T. Bersamin and Ms. Daisy Ree Tauli, College of Pharmacy; Chef Romeo Salvador, College of Hospitality Management; Mrs. Jen Oppod, Senior High School, Mrs. Janice Patacsil, General Education Department, Mr. Arhlan Ramos, NSTP; and Mr. Ares Padura, Supreme Student Council. Also present during the signing was Mrs. Teresa Padlan, School Registrar and Ms. Florence Abde of the School of Midwifery.

The activity was made possible through the collaborative efforts of the Extension Office headed by Mrs. Rowena T. Acacio and the different departments of PCC. A series of services were provided based on the result of the needs analysis conducted by the members of the extension committee last February 10, 2017 where Head to toe assessment, school inspection and parent consultations were done. Services offered during the outreach were:

General Medical check-up lead by the School Physician, Dr. Aurelia Navarro and assisted by Nurse Noel Dacanay;

Complete Blood Count, blood typing, urinalysis, fecalysis, and blood sugar testing was performed by the College of Medical Laboratory Science.

The School of Midwifery assessed vital signs and gave nutrition lecture;

The College of Dentistry conducted free dental check up, prophylaxis, fluoride application and tooth extraction; the College also taught the children the proper way to brush the teeth. Moreover, they gave free dental kits like toothbrush and toothpaste.

Medicines and vitamins were given by the College of Pharmacy. The College also helped in fixing the herbarium and conducted alternative medicines lecture.

First aid training to parents, faculty and Grade 4, 5 and 6 students was done by the joined hands of the Colleges of Rehabilitation Sciences and Respiratory Therapy (RT). The training covered splinting, bandaging, carrying a wounded patient, treating wounds and CPR. The College of RT also performed lecture on how to manage respiratory diseases.

The College of Nursing addressed the needs of the students in terms of personal hygiene. Lecture was also done on proper hand washing, bathing, cleaning ears and managing lice for girls. Home remedies were also shared like homemade oresol, use of coke in removing lice and use of guava leaves in washing wounds

Snacks and lunch for the children and parents was provided by the College of Hospitality Management. Livelihood training about meat processing using natural ingredients was also performed by the College with the parents as audience.

The General Education Department provided a hygiene kit to each of the children. The kit composed of toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet soap, shampoo, face towel, alcohol, nit comb, ear wax spoon and others.

The non teaching department donated game boards such as chess and game of the generals, Basketball balls, Volleyball balls and net. The reading room of the school was also fixed with the help of PCC librarians.

The NSTP donated first aid kits for each class and story books for the pupils. The students also helped in painting of classroom doors.

The Supreme Student Council donated two sets of picnic tables and construction materials for school gate.

The event was a means of fulfilling the institution’s commitment to the school as its adopted community since October 2013.