On October 31, 2014, Dr. Leopoldo J. Vega, the Medical Center Chief II, formally created the Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QIPS) Section under the Hospital Memorandum No. 181, series of 2014, to ensure the safety of the patients as the top priority of the institution.

In 2016, the section was divided into two committees, the Quality Improvement Committee (QIC) and Patient Safety Committee (PSC), which were interacting with each other. The primary functions of PSC were to establish the International Patient Safety Goals (IPSG) of the Joint Commission International (JCI) in the institution and facilitate policy making, Serious Reportable Events (SRE) and Sentinel Events (SE) monitoring and risk management. This Committee focused on the hospital-wide internal customers.

In September 2017, the QIPS was divided into two independent units and one of which is the Patient Safety and Pharmacovigilance Unit (PSPVU) which has an an additional function to implement the Administrative Order No. 2011-0009: the National Policy and Program on Pharmacovigilance which aims among others, to monitor adverse drug reaction, collect all related reports and to promote the culture of adverse event reports on health professionals, patients and public. Currently, this unit is headed by Gemma B. Tiu, MD, FPPS, FPSN, FPNSP. Moreover, the unit is moving towards the fulfillment of the vision of the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC), to be a World Class, Service-Oriented Medical Center.


The leading center for patient safety upholding international standards for the entire healthcare community. 


The PSPVU is committed to:

  1. lead the SPMC community in establishing and sustaining a culture of safety;
  2. provide an exceptional care by empowering patients and healthcare professionals;
  3. eliminate preventable harm, risks and hazards to achieve an outstanding quality service and care;
  4. develop and promote best practices and evidence-based interventions;
  5. monitor regulatory compliance in terms of systems, processes and policies that will lead to improved clinical outcome; and
  6. support patient safety through effective and global pharmacovigilance practices.


‘Salus Omnium’ (Safety for all)


pspvuPersons represent the patient and members of the healthcare team and their commitment to a culture of safety.

The four buildings in the background represent the Southern Philippines Medical Center as a World Class Service Oriented Medical Center that is dedicated to provide safe, accessible, equitable holistic and responsive health care services.

The Bowl of Hygieia represents the unit's mandate of ensuring drug safety through monitoring and coordination with all clinical areas.

The Latin phrase "Salus Omnium" represents the unit’s philosophy in providing safety for all.