About NSRC
Meet the Staff PDF Print E-mail

 

MARIA MELANIE LIBERTY B. ALCAUSIN, MD, FPPS

Director

 

RIZA CONCORDIA N. SUAREZ

Program Manager

 

CHARITY M. JOMENTO, RMT

Quality Assurance Officer

 

MA. ELOUISA L. REYES

Program Support Unit Head

 

VINA G. MENDOZA

PDO for Training and Advocacy

 

JOVY ANN M. CASAMORIN-LISING, MSc

PDO for Program Review and Research

 

MARIA TRUDA T. DIZON-ESCOREAL, RMT

PDO for Quality Assurance

 

FREDERICK E. BELTRAN, RN

PDO for Patient Care

 

ANGELICA CECILIA V. TOMAS, MD

Medical Specialist II

 

 

 

JESUSA B. JALAD

Supervising Administrative Officer

 

MARIAN R. BAYLON, MBM

Executive Assistant

 

MA. JOY R. FORTALEZA, CPA, RN

Accounting Officer

 

MARJORIE ANNE D. DIMAANO-DANDAN

Records Officer

 

MA. AGNES J. ENAGAN-ALGARME

Acting Supply Officer

 

MARY GRACE B. OPON

Accounting Clerk

 

JUVELYN P. LUMABAS-REYES

Human Resource Management Assistant

 

DUSTIN DANIEL V. PALACIO

Administrative Aide

 

RICHARD U. ALIPASA

Administrative Aide

 

RUSSEL E. RODRIQUEZ

Administrative Aide

 

 

 
Functions of NSRC PDF Print E-mail

As stipulated in the Newborn Screening Act of 2004, the NSRC shall be guided by the following functions:

  • be responsible for the national testing database and case registries, training, technical assistance and continuing education for laboratory staff in all Newborn Screening Centers
  • define the testing and follow-up protocols for Newborn Screening Centers (NSCs) to be established in strategic locations in the country
  • maintain an external laboratory proficiency-testing program
  • oversee the national testing database and case registries
  • report to the BHFS the NSCs found violating these rules and regulations and those performing and providing NBS procedures and services without any DOH accreditation
  • participate in consultation and evaluation activities initiated by BHFS in relation to the NSRC and the NSCs performance and in improving implementation of these rules and regulations.

 

 
Role of NSRC Print E-mail

RA 9288 or the Newborn Screening Act of 2004 mandates the National Institutes of Health, University of the Philippines to create the Newborn Screening Reference Center (NSRC). The NSRC is responsible for the national testing database and case registries, training, technical assistance and continuing education for laboratory staff in all Newborn Screening Centers. Section 14 of the same article also stipulates that Newborn Screening Reference Center shall be responsible for the Quality Assurance of the National Comprehensive Newborn Screening System of the Country.

The NSRC provides technical assistance to the DOH-NIH network in reaching the ultimate goal of screening Filipino newborns for common life-threatening heritable disorders. NSRC, together with the Bureau of Health Facilities and Services (BHFS) of the DOH, ensures that quality services are provided to babies screened. The NSRC assists DOH in establishing Newborn Screening Centers (NSC’s) in geographically located areas. All NSCs will comprise a newborn screening laboratory and will be equipped with a follow up program that is linked with the DOH.

 

 
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