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Baguio professor recognized in Thailand for outstanding contribution to nursing profession


Baguio City, Philippines - Erlinda Palaganas, a professor from Baguio, was recognized in Thailand for her outstanding performance in the field of nursing and for her efforts to contribute to the equitable access to health care for Filipinos.


The professor, as reported by Baguio City Information Office, personally received her award from her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn at Mulasathan Boroma Asana Hall, Royal Grand Palace, Bangkok on October 21, 2022.


Palaganas was awarded a Sterling Silver Shield and certificate through the Princess Srinagarindra Laureate Award Foundation.


Princess Srinagarindra Award is a private entity based in Thailand that annually recognize a registered nurse, registered midwife, or a group who made a significant contribution, through direct care, research, education or management, within the nursing or midwifery profession and for the development of the nursing or midwifery profession around the world.


Prof. Palaganas was chosen by the Princess Srinagarindra Award Foundation’s Board of Trustees in 2021 but was not able to get her award because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Palaganas contributions


Palaganas took Master in Public Health from the University of the Philippines – Manila and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. She is currently a Scientist I at the University of the Philippines- Baguio.


Her 13 years of work as Editor-in-Chief of the Philippine Journal of Nurses provided a prestigious platform to disseminate the unique contributions of said profession to local and international nursing scholars.


Additionally, the professor is among the key figures in the national movement of peaceful protest that urged the Supreme Court (SC) to uphold the implementation of the 2002 Nursing Law.


Palaganas held various influential leadership positions as a public servant, an academician, a researcher, and a nurse leader, which allowed her to be given recognition as one of the tireless workers of said profession.

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