IPs to benefit from foreign medical mission
by Noel Baguio
Davao City (27 October) -- Hundreds of Lumads will benefit from the Feed the Children's four-day medical mission in Davao del Norte during the second quarter of next year.
The global relief organization is assured of a stress-free conduct of their medical outreach in the province on May 13-16, 2010, as Governor Rodolfo Del Rosario gave his blessing and assured his all-out support to the mission, which will be providing free medical, dental and optical services to indigent tribal communities in the municipalities of Asuncion, Talaingod, San Isidro, and New Corella, respectively.
According to its website, Feed The Children is a Christian, international, nonprofit relief organization with headquarters in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA that delivers food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to individuals, children and families who lack these essentials due to famine, war, poverty, or natural disaster.
During a courtesy visit at the Office of the Governor, Gov. Del Rosario told Rev. Tom Park, the International Project Director of the Feed the Children (FTC) Ministries, that he gladly welcomes the medical mission as it will provide a big boost to the province's intensified delivery of essential health services to the indigents in the far-flung areas.
The missionary sought the assurance of the governor, especially in terms of securing the expected 30 U.S. doctors and nurses who will facilitate the medical mission.
Del Rosario assured the province will help facilitate the security of the FTC personnel and the venue, among other logistics and technical support necessary for the success of the event.
He assigned Provincial Health Officer Agapito Hornido to coordinate with concerned LGUs and to ensure the reinforcement of doctors and nurses from the province.
Park was accompanied by FTC International Coordinator Rev. Jose Fernandez and wife Juliet, Bishop Constancio Roda, President and Founder of the Shepherd's Hand Foundation and Global Ministries, Inc., and Davao del Sur Provincial Chaplain Pastor Juanito Tabia.
Patients suffering from major illnesses needing immediate hospitalization will also be provided free medical care, including the medicines and payment of hospital bills.
The mission will also distribute free eye glasses to qualified patients, among other gifts as part of the services. Lunch will be served to the indigent IP patients, who usually would come weary from many kilometers of hiking from their home in order to get to the venue.
Park further assured the governor the left-over medicines will be donated to the provincial government for its own health programs.
For the past 30 years, Feed The Children has grown into one of the world's largest benevolent organizations, reaching out to help hungry and hurting children and families in 119 countries around the globe.
The organization was also among the international relief organizations that sent emergency relief assistance to victims displaced by the tropical storms that recently hit the Philippines. (Nobags/DavNor ID) [top]