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President Aquino cites Newborn Screening Society of the Philippines for cooperation to curb diseases

President Benigno S. Aquino III answers questions from the members of the Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals (BCBP) during the BCBP Grand Breakfast at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on Wednesday (October 02). The BCBP develops Christian leaders to become agents for justice and sound development in the work environment. In photo are Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr., BCBP national president Lito Manuel Jimenez and BCBP chairman of the board Eduardo Pelaez, Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo and Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III answers questions from the members of the Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals (BCBP) during the BCBP Grand Breakfast at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on Wednesday (October 02). The BCBP develops Christian leaders to become agents for justice and sound development in the work environment. In photo are Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr., BCBP national president Lito Manuel Jimenez and BCBP chairman of the board Eduardo Pelaez, Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo and Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson. (MNS photo)

MANILA, Oct 3 (Mabuhay) — President Benigno S. Aquino III cited the Newborn Screening Society of the Philippines, Inc. (NSSPI) for its cooperation with the government to curb disease.

“I am confident that your solidarity will drive our efforts to curb disease at its roots, and to protect our youth from potential impediments to their individual progress,” the Chief Executive said in his message to the NSSPI on Thursday.

The NSSPI opened on Thursday its two-day Annual Newborn Screening Convention 2013 entitled, “Facing the Challenges of Expanded Newborns Screening” at the Manila Hotel, One Rizal Park, Manila.

“Our nation relies on your collective to establish the practice of newborn screening as a determined step towards a robust tomorrow, with the fresh research and innovations you will uncover today,” the President said.

President Aquino said the pursuit of development is centered on capacity-building, beginning from the empowerment of the people and extending to the advancement of the country’s health sector and institutions.

“As a primary facet of this campaign, health is among the key areas that your government hopes to transform into a platform of revitalization. May this gathering allow you the tools to foster among our citizens the cycle of opportunity through wellness,” he said. (MNS)

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