|Brod Rey Pagtakhan ’61 Honored by UPHS Jonelta|
|Written by Mikhail Estrella Esteban|
For his invaluable achievements in championing healthcare in the political arena, the Honorable Dr. Rey Pagtakhan ΜΣΦ 1961 was conferred the degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) by the University of Perpetual Help System Jonelta Foundation-School of Medicine last April 10, 2010 at the Philippine International Convention Center.
Brod Rey made a global name for all Filipinos as he became the first Filipino member of the Canadian Parliament, and held positions such as Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (1996-1998), Secretary of State for Science, Research and Development (2002-2003), and Secretary of State for Asia and the Pacific (2001-2002).
The citation for Dr. Pagtakhan's degree reads:
In the field of Science comes a praiseworthy person who is inherently determined to impart his values, expertise, and exceptional achievements to the cause of human excellence. A global person who ensures that opportunity is given to every life and every nation he touches to move forward medically, socially and economically, on a rising progress so that opportunity and prosperity will be shared equally among diverse nations.
As a noted Filipino doctor and professor of medicine in Canada, he created milestone in the history of both his land of birth and his adopted country. The Philippine-born-physician-turned-to-Canadian-politician has attained exceptional achievements in both Medicine and Politics worthy of academic salute. He exemplifies the best of Filipino talent and excellence in his outstanding achievements as a noted medical doctor and professor and as a distinguished member of the Parliament of Canada and his unwavering commitment to the well-being of the Filipino community and various ethnocultural constituents in Canada. He was seen by the National Post as a "champion of medicare". His dedication to medicine, medical education and research is matched by his passion for community involvement.
Distilled from the critical lens and pens of the media as the first Filipino member of a Federal Legislature in the whole North America, he was bestowed with distinctions of Service and Competency; Creative and Bold Leadership; Passionate and Principled Advocacy; Trustworthiness, Sincerity, Decency, Humility and Respect; Politician with a Passion; Inspiring source of Pride and Confidence; and Nobility of Politics. Indeed, he is the epitome of a socially committed Filipino achiever in Medicine and Politics.
In recognition of his reputed and consummate contributions and achievements in the field of Science, the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA, grateful and privileged by the bounteousness of its patron saint, MOTHER OF PERPETUAL HELP, confers on
HON. REYNALDO D. PAGTAKHAN, MD, MSc, LLD, PC
the degree of
DOCTOR OF SCIENCE
This Tenth day of April in the Year of our Lord, Two Thousand and Ten at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay City, Philippines
To our esteemed brod, Dr. Rey Pagtakhan, congratulations! All for the Glory!
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