Filipina warrior brings message of faith, hope to professionals around the world

Jennifer M. Flores, former Chairman of the Board of Pharmacy, 2011.

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Jenny (left) with her proud mom. photo by Gary Buenavista

Two years back, this article appeared in Kabayan Weekly (March 14-20, 2013 issue), a Dubai-based newspaper which featured Jennifer M. Flores as a Filipino Achiever. Migrant Pen is taking the liberty of posting this as a tribute to hardworking women on the occasion of March as Women’s Month. 

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Jennifer Mangalindan Flores, a pharmacist, civil servant and socio-civic leader, travels around the world to bring the message of hope and compassion. Now at age 45, she remains single and devotes all her time in service of the Filipino people.

AROUND THE WORLD

She has travelled extensively around the world as delegate of international conferences since 1988 to present. She was delegate of the Asian Pharmacy Congress (FAPA) in Bali, Taipee, Singapore, Yokohama, Bangkok, Lahore and Seoul. She was present at the World Congress of Pharmacy (FIP) in Basel. She was also the country’s official delegate to conferences in Phnom Penh, Pattaya, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Brussels, Paris, Amsterdam, Ho Chi Minh, Dublin, Yangon and Hongkong, among many states she has visited.

As a known authority, her papers were presented to FAPA-sponsored Asian Pharmacy Congresses (APC). Notable are, as follows:

  • “Legal and Ethical Implications of the Policy in the Philippines on Affordable Medicines” – 20th APC, Bangkok, Thailand, 2004;
  • “Responsible Dispensing in Community Setting” – 15th APC, Bangkok, Thailand, 1994;
  • “Role of Pharmacists in Pharmaceutical Marketing” – 14th APC, Lahore, PakistaN, 1992; and
  • “RPs Pharmacy Internship Program” – 12th APC, Bali, Indonesia, 1988.

PROFESSIONAL LEADER

At the Federation of Asian Pharmaceutical Associations (FAPA), she serves as chairperson of the Regulatory, Ethics and Legislation Section for two terms now, since 2006. She also held various positions of prominence in Philippine Pharmacists Association (PPhA), Philippine Association of Pharmacists in the Pharmaceutical Industry (PAPPI), Drugstores Association of the Philippines (DSAP), and the Community Pharmacists Association of the Philippines (CPAP). She is a Director of the Manila Pharmacists Society since 2006.

At the Philippine Association of Professional Regulatory Board Members, Inc. (PAPRBM), of which she is a member since 2005,  she treasures most her involvement in committees and task force that promote the well being of professionals in the whole country.

SUCCESSFUL CAREER

She was first employed by Abbott Laboratories Philippines serving the Consumers Products Division as Account Development Representative and as Account Development Supervisor. On December 1990, she moved to Les Laboratoires Servier Regional Headquarters Office (Southeast Asia) as Promotions Assistant. Recognizing her commitment, she was promoted in 1997 as Regional Product Manager for Southeast Asia, a stint she held until 2006.

At a young age of 37 in 2005, she was named Member of the Board of Pharmacy of the Philippine Professional Regulations Commission. She held this post until her appointment as Board Chairman in 2011. She served for one year.  She was again appointed member of the board on April 2012. In between her professional engagements, she served as member of the Technical Committee for Pharmacy Education and chairman of the Pharmacy Continuing Professional Education Council.

AWARDS

The Federation of Asian Pharmaceutical Association cited her twice as Chairman of its Regulatory, Ethics and Legislation Section during the Asian Pharmacy Congress in Bali, Indonesia and in Taipee, Taiwan.

She was awarded as The Outstanding Pharmacist (TOP) for Government Service in 2012 by the Philippine Pharmacists Association and United Laboratories, Inc. She also received the President’s Award from Drugstores Association of the Philippines in 2011. As a pharmacy professional, she is highly credited for serving as resource person and speaker for which she received more than a hundred certificates which is too long to enumerate from universities and NGOs since 1993.

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Jennifer M. Flores (right) takes her oath as Chairman of the Board of Pharmacy. Lawyer Teresita Manzala, PRC Chairperson, administers the oath. – 2011 photo

CREAM OF THE CROP

Following her mom’s footsteps, she obtained a degree in BS Pharmacy from the University of Sto. Tomas in 1989. She took the 19th spot in the July 1989 Pharmacist Licensure Examinations given by the Professional Regulations Commission. She earned a degree in  Bachelor of Laws at Arellano University in 2011 and a Master in Business Administration (Ateneo-Regis Program) at Ateneo Graduate School of Business in 2006.

She finished her high school as Class Valedictorian at Santa Catalina College. She was  Editor-in-Chief of  Catherinean Gazette and four-year Class President. During her graduation, she was awarded the Insular Life Gold Medallion, Mercury Drug Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics. The Rotary Club of Downtown Manila presented her with The Scholar “The Highest Scholastic Achievement of Recognition.”

At the UST, she was awarded by Colegio Medico-Farmaceutico de Filipinas Incorporada in 1988 the CMFFI Scholarship. During her college days, she was president of the Federation of Junior Chapters of the Philippine Pharmaceutical Association, Vice President of the UST Central Student Council, and President of the UST Pharmacy Student Council and UST Junior Pharmaceutical Association (Gamma Chapter).

She was a finalist in 1989 Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines’ (TOSP) of the RFM Corporation, Department of Education and Culture and Rotary Club of Makati Central and an awardee of the 1985 Ten Most Outstanding Manila Students Award given by the Manila Jaycees, Department of Education and Culture, IBM Philippines.

In 1988, she was a lone Philippine Student Delegate to the 12th Asian Pharmacy Congress in Bali. Still at the UST, she was recognized with the Quezon Leadership Award and the Benavides Civic Award in 1989. The UST Pharmacy Alumni Association presented her with the Leadership Award while the UST Scholia Tutorial Club awarded her as one of the Ten Most Outstanding Pharmacy Students.

She was president of BLUE Circle, an association of lawyers and law students in the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Civil Law. BLUE stands for Brotherhood, Leadership, Unity and Excellence. She is Corporate Secretary since 2004 of the Fraternal Order of the Blue Circle Inc.

BACK HOME

Encompassed by a burning desire to be of great service, notwithstanding her busy schedule, she has been into the volunteer work since 1985. Among the many organizations she has joined are the Philippine General Hospital, Gawad Kalinga Foundation, Laura Vicuna Foundation, Bahay Mapagmahal, Ospital ng Makati Pediatric Unit, Dangerous Drugs Board and Pax Romana.

She was born on May 25, 1968 in Manila. His father the late Dr. Lorenzo Madriaga Flores was a highly-respected medical practitioner. Her mother, Rebecca Matignas Mangalindan – Flores, a pharmacist, was former president of the Community Pharmacists Association of the Philippines (CPAP).Migrant Pen

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IMG_3984THE BLOGGER. Ulysses Espartero is a journalist, historian and book author who traces his roots from two Philippine jewels – Laguna and Antique.  While in Dubai, he enjoyed his expat life documenting the struggles and victories of migrant workers in the Gulf Cooperation Council states. In 2014, he released Precious Gems in a Desert of Gold, the first and only coffee table book about Filipino achievers in the United Arab Emirates. Connect with him on facebook.

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