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PIA Press Release
2010/05/21

Good Samaritans spread sunshine thru medical, dental services

by Jeriel Kenneth B. Catedral and Gervacio C. Dauz, Jr.

Butuan City (21 May) -- A year ago, elementary grader Jonathan Atienza of Barangay Baan, Butuan City attempted to have a circumcision ? a rite of passage wherein a male's foreskin is excise. Somehow, at that time, he was told by the doctor that his "gun" was not yet ready and was advised therefore to wait for a year maybe.

Now, already 10 years of age, he's at it again due to the calm persuasion of Fr. Ricky Amante. Trying for the second time around, he's hoping that the said rite of passage would push through, be successful and help him graduate into full-pledged manhood later on.

Good for him, the pain was just at the start; it subsided after a few minutes with the help of a painkiller drug. When the rite of passage was through, he was more than satisfied; the circumcision was a success. For this, he credited the doctors for the tender care and he lavished them with praise for the job well done.

On the other hand, Rachel Galacio ? 22 years of age and likewise a resident of Barangay Baan ? was also all praises after her tooth extraction escapade, because the dentist was very gentle and professional. As per her observation, the medical and dental services given as a whole were really organized and fast.

There were other success stories in cadence with the duo, but all in all, there were 59 circumcision patients and another 51 dental patients, who trooped recently at the St. Ezekiel Parish in Barangay Baan, which was the venue of the medical mission. Many of them were thankful because of the pro bono medical and dental services afforded unto them by the Good Samaritans.

It was learned that the Good Samaritans, whose group remains nameless until this time, were already in their 4th year of doing such once-a-year medical mission.

According to Drs. Victoria Gracia Bungabong and Joan Tormis, who were identified as the twin head of delegation, on top of their time and effort dispensed for free, the resources used for the one day affair came from benevolent supporters and friends, who desired to be anonymous.

When asked why they have had been doing said mission, they replied that, together with other supporters, "we desire to please God, get a feeling of fulfillment, and wish to become role models so that others may follow."

They of course appreciated the support given by RESPOND (Rescue and Emergency Service Provider on Disaster), Inc, who became instrumental in controlling the crowd and directing patients; the avid role played by Father Amante, St. Ezekiel Parish Priest, for drumbeating the event and persuading his parishioners to come; the UNILAB, represented by Mr. Brian Hernandez, for the medicines provided; backstopping assistance by the Agusan del Norte Provincial Health Office personnel; Doctor of Education Josefa Canoy, for facilitating the distribution of medicines; the prime services provided by several dentists in the persons of Drs. Pio Bagaloyos, Charlotte Manding, and Reginald Dompor, who himself is an active Responder also.

As per agreement, the Good Samaritans pledged to likewise network with RESPOND, Inc. in case the latter would request their benevolent services later on. (TESDA-AdN/PIA-Caraga) [top]

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