Muntinlupa, Philippines — The thirty-three chapters of JCI Metro Area banded together in Barangay Sucat to implement one of the biggest medical/dental/surgical missions and children’s activities in JCI Metro Manila– 2,000 individuals in half a day. More than 50 doctors, 12 dentists, and dozens of healthcare workers were tapped from St. Luke’s QC, PGH, Asian Hospital, Muntinlupa Health Office, Barangay Sucat Health Office, and Magallanes Skin and Wellness Clinic. Specializations in the following fields were present: surgery, rheumatology, pulmonology, cardiology, dermatology, ophthalmology, family medicine and many more.
As the JCI value states, “Service to humanity is the best work of life.”
JCI Alabang President Aimee Flordeliza shared, “the Got Heart event was an example how JCI can bring great impact to the world. Imagine how much better our society will be if more people choose to become heroes in their daily lives. Banding the 30+ chapter of JCI Metro Area for this project was not possible without the leadership of Metro South RVP Chai Talag and the support of AVP Steve, RVP Nazh, RVP Jan, RVP Lynn, all the Batch Legacy Presidents, Batch Tides, and JCI friends.”
A JCI pharmacy was setup to dispense free medicine and vitamins to the participants. Donated medicine and vitamins from Ritemed, The Generics Pharmacy, and Unilab were dispensed through the efforts of JCI Makati Princess Urduja, JCI Valenzuela, JCI Fort Bonifacio Taguig City, and JCI Alabang. The Metro Area group also bought medicines to ensure that the served patients follow the correct course of treatment for their maladies. The whole JCI Metro Area manned this challenging section.
The Unilab mobile lab and X-ray bus was present to give results. There were 77 chest x-rays, 34 urinalysis, and 30 ECG test results. We are thankful to JCI Manila for tapping this.
Free reading glasses were given by Muntinlupa Councilor Robert Baes and JCI Mandaluyong.
A team of surgeons led by Dr. Lester Suntay did the Surgical Mission: Operation Bukol. They performed minor surgeries to a lot of patients. Dr. Lester Suntay heeded the call of JCI Alabang as a former member, now kagawad in Barangay Ayala Alabang.
While waiting, various talks on health by Operation Gray (Diabetes Screening), Cleft Lip/ Palate Screening, jobs by TESDA, breastfeeding session were done.
The Philippine Association of Private School Dentists and the Hapee mobile dental clinic was there to cater to 300 children in need of tooth extraction. For the children, the kids had Books N’ Roses. Paper rose-making and storytelling as part of Books N’ Roses was done, celebrating the Feast of St George.
The JCI Marikina Marikit and JCI Manilenas lead a dance group to keep the crowd entertained. This was important for crowd control.
Since Barangay Sucat is on top of a fault line, the MMDA Disaster Preparedness unit was present to share how to prepare for disasters. They brought the earthquake simulator to let the residents see how strong a 7-magnitude earthquake can go.
Lead by JCI Alabang, JCI Paranaque Asinderas and JCI Paranaque Pambato, the 90-strong JCI volunteers gathered support and made the JCI Got Heart: Be a Hero a memorable one. The doctors were tapped by JCI Makati Princess Urduja, JCI Alabang, and JCI Makati. JCI Paranaque Pambato provided logistical support. The Dentists were tapped by JCI Paranaque Asinderas. Chapters that participated in Books N’ Roses were JCI QC Diamante, JCI San Juan Dambana, JCI Pateros Balut, JCI San Juan Pinaglabanan, JCI Fort Bonifacio Taguig City, JCI Alabang, and JCI Manilena. The health talks were tapped by the JCI Rizal Region, and JCI Perlas Pasay. JCI Marilao Marilag, JCI Manila, JCI FBTC and the host chapters provided the much needed manpower support.
Congratulations to the core team led by Chairman Lester Baes and Dr Emy and co-host presidents, Pres Aimee, Pres Jeamie and Pres Ian! Congratulations to the BOD and members of JCI Alabang, JCI Paranaque Asinderas, and JCI Paranaque Pambato for all the hard work in the past few days!
Thanks again to all the Got Heart Superheroes for your cooperation, initiative and, most of all, heroism. We are proud to be part of Metro Area and to be working with all of you.
Partial list of sponsors and partners
St Luke’s SAGIP BAYAN
Philippine General Hospital
Mu Sigma Phi Sorority Dr. Belle Siasoco
Mu Sigma Phi Sorority Dr. Evelyn Osio-Salido
Mu Sigma Phi Sorority Dr. Sammy Tanzo
Mu Sigma Phi Sorority Dr. Julie Gabat
Philippine Association of Private School Dentists – Cavite Chapter
Philippine Association of Private School Dentists Dr. Yolanda Pasol
TESDA, Muntinlupa City Technical Institute Francisco A. Santella OIC Director
Operation Gray Macneil Macabuac
Operation Gray Sandie Ona
Operation Cleft Lip and Palate Screening
Sucat Elementary School Ms. Marissa Andanza Principal
Barangay Sucat Engr. Metong Sevilla Barangay Chairman
Muntinlupa City Atty. Jaime Fresnedi Mayor
Muntinlupa City Hon. Artemio A. Simundac Vice Mayor
Muntinlupa City Hon. Robert P. Baes Councilor
Muntinlupa City Atty. Raul R. Corro Councilor
Muntinlupa City Neptali S. Santiago Councilor
City Health Office Magdalena C. Meana, MD, MPH City Health Officer
Sucat Health Center Rowena R. Tan, MD Head
Barangay Ayala Alabang Hon. Ruben P. Baes Barangay Chairman
Ophthalmologist, Dr. Levi San Buenaventura
Ophthalmologist, Dr. Jose Ricardo G. Diaz
Dermatologist, Olivia Flordeliza-De Jesus, MD, DPDS
Cardiologist Dr. Jeffrey De Jesus
Surgery Mission: Project Bukol Dr. Lester Suntay
MMDA General Manager Undersecretary Corazon Jimenez
MMDA Action City Officer – Paranaque Mr. Edgardo Palmiano
MMDA Action City Officer – Muntinlupa Ms. Sally Fugen
The Generics Pharmacy Ms. Rissa Chua
Photo Credits: Dr Emy Cua, RTD Abraham Ison, Pres Karen Romarate, Maedie Valenzuela, Ley Veses, Pres Jeamie Salvatierra
Got Heart: Be Hero on Heroes Day
Aug 30, 2015 – Sucat Elementary School, Muntinlupa
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