Patricia Pascual is an early advocate for the Philippines’ business process outsourcing industry and e-government whose work is published by the U.N. Development Program. She had a three-year stint at the U.S. Agency for International Development, where she helped manage a three-year, $5 million program on investment policy reform and advocacy.
Pascual is currently Pfizer Philippines’ director for public affairs and communications and vice chairman of Pfizer Philippines Foundation Inc. She has also been serving as OIC-marketing director for vaccines since Sept. 1, 2012.
Development work comes naturally for Pascual, who believes that every graduate of the University of the Philippines has been ingrained to make a tangible contribution to the country, and that doing good and doing well in one’s career need not be mutually exclusive.
“Every career choice that I’ve made in my life is evaluated under those parameters,” Pascual explains to Devex, “and the deciding factor is always — ‘will this position allow me to help people?’”
One of Pascual’s proudest accomplishments to date is the vaccination program she helped establish through the Pfizer Foundation. Launched in 2010, the vaccination and disease advocacy program is helping to create awareness among Filipinos that it is possible to put an end to pneumococcal disease, one of the top vaccine-preventable causes of death among children under the age of 5 in the Philippines, and worldwide. To date, nearly 10,000 Filipino children under the age of 5 have been vaccinated by Pfizer Foundation all over the country.