Diagnostic Services Center, Inc.
The Physicians' Diagnostic Services Center,
Inc. began in 1979 as a modest medical and dental facility
crammed in a 32-square meter office at the Prudential Assurance
Building in Intramuros. Dr. Pedro S. de Guzman, its founder
and Medical Director managed a staff of only 7 employees
consisting of a physician, a dentist, an optometrist, a
medical technologist, an x-ray technician, a psychometrician
and a nurse. PDSC specialized in occupational medicine.
With company retainerships, it rendered pre-employment medical
examinations for businesses such as the Central Textile
Mills and for employees of the North and South Harbor. Students
of the Pamangtasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila submitted to physical
examination at the clinic.
In the latter part of the year, Dr. de
Guzman determined to serve the steady stream of Filipino
workers seeking employment abroad, PDSC terminated its corporate
service contracts to focus on the overseas contract workers'
(OCW) pre-employment examination needs. Facilities were
refurbished and equipment upgraded to better serve an increasing
number of clients.
In 1980, PDSC expanded to occupy the ground
floor of the same building. As private recruitment and manning
agencies flourished, so did the number of clients. PDSC
extended its facilities to the fourth floor where it was
By 1984, Dr. de Guzman had perceived the
long term viability of conducting pre-employment examinations.
The clinic was re-inspected and passed stringent evaluation.
It was accredited by the Department of Health and the Overseas
Employment Development Board. It became one of only 3 clinics
in the country accredited by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Within two years, as various embassies
began to regulate and recognize credible medical clinics,
PDSC earned accreditation from all concerned agencies and
institutions. It was recognized as one of the largest and
most modern medical facilities specifically for pre-employment
PDSC moved to its own building in August
1988, the nine-storey Physicians' Tower along U N Avenue.
The clinic occupied three floors amounting to 900 square
meters of clinic space. Among its state-of-the-art equipment
are x-ray, pulmonary function test, ECG machine, treadmill
and others imported from Japan and Hongkong. The clinic
was later able to acquire other exclusive laboratory equipment
from multinational drug companies.
To keep up with the ever changing needs
of its clientele, PDSC was fully computerized in 1994. Through
its computer network, result inquiries, data transmittal,
certificate production, record storage and retrieval have
become swift processes. More and more reputable agencies
have preferred to send their applicants to PDSC.
Believing that Filipinos are among the
highly skilled and preferred seafarers, PDSC established
separate facilities to serve them. The move did not only
assure a smooth flow of operations but also gained approval
from various manning agencies and their principals.
Now on its 21st year, PDSC occupies six
floors of clinic space and employs over 110 trained professionals.
PDSC is ISO certified having recently received its Certificate
of Approval for its Quality Management System applicable
Provision of Pre-Employment Medical Examination
to Land Base and Sea Based Overseas Contract Workers under
Approval Certificate No. 403730 granted by Lloyd's Register