Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. rallied Filipino dentists to adhere to their oath of office and code of ethics and put service to the public as their primary calling.
Marcos aired the call in his speech during the opening ceremony of the Philippine Dental Association’s 104th Annual Convention and Scientific Meeting held at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, in Pasay City last April 10, 2013.
Citing the convention’s theme, “Intensifying Professionalism”, Marcos said the latest technological improvements and advancements in the field of dentistry should not lead the dentists astray from the ideals of their profession “as a way of hemming in and humanizing the seemingly limitless potential of the world of science.”
“As it is neither a trade nor business, monetary consideration should only be secondary. In short, service to the community should be its paramount calling!” Marcos stressed.
The senator pointed out that what is more important than the technological developments in the field of dentistry that made the job easier and brought the quality of the profession higher, is that the moral principles of Filipino dentists should remain steadfast and strong.
“Dapat palagi nating ‘isa-ngala-ngala’, este, isaalang-alang, at ‘isa-ngipin’ at isapuso rin ang ating mga sinumpaang mga pangako sa ating propesyon. Nawa’y hindi magkanda-bungi-bungi at magsungki-sungki ang ating mga gawa at ating mga kilos sa ating propesyon bilang mga dentist,” Marcos stressed.
This means, Marcos said, that advancements in science should be used to further the interests of the community and the public who are the main clients of the dentists.
“As an American writer has so well put it: ‘technological advance without social advance ironically results to even more human misery’”, he said.
It does not mean, Marcos explained, that Filipino dental practitioners could not be the source of technological advancements and innovations in the field of dental practice.
“Throughout Philippine history, many Filipinos have gained international recognition for their inventions in different fields,” he noted.
This, according to Marcos, is the reason why Congress has enacted the Intellectual Property Code: to spur creativity and inventiveness of Filipinos to create products, processes and inventions that can be protected as intellectual property rights.