Villanueva village residents receive services

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

VILLANUEVA, MISAMIS ORIENTAL - Around 300 residents from the sitios Lukong, Kalinghagan and Mambuaya, in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental received free services and basic necessities from Misamis Oriental 2nd District Representative Juliette Uy, town mayor Julio Uy and vice mayor Edwin Dagasuan together with some sponsors and foundations on January 31 at Lokong Elementary School in Barangay Dayawan in Villanueva town.


With the theme, “Bringing the People to a Healthier Community,” a medical mission was held where free eye check-up by Eye Care and Surgicare Center was conducted.


The mission was led by Dr. Elmer Wagas, consultant of the group and Rebecca Mendoza, nurse and program manager.

Along with them long-stay volunteers and together they’ve been to places in the province whether remote or in the urban area. They’ve also been doing this even outside Misamis Oriental.

Founded and operated since 2005, there are almost 5,000 patients diagnosed with Cataract had been operated successfully by volunteer doctors and nurses.

“What we do here is basically a Cataract Screening then if they do have, we recommend them for an operation in the city,” Wagas said.

Cataract patients are evaluated by the surgeons and operated at the J.R. Borja Memorial Hospital (formerly City Hospital). They operate one Cataract case and one Secondary Elective Surgery (intestines, stomach, kidney, and others) every day.

“Nobody should go blind because of Cataract. If you have PhilHealth, ma-operahan na jud ka. Mao ra ‘na ila kailangan i-present,” Wagas said.
Meanwhile, free medicine was also given out to the beneficiaries especially to their children by the AMOUD Foundation, headed by Uztal Laurio.

The foundation’s members also gave out brochures, talks, leaflets about their organization.

AMOUD Foundation is a newly established organization which has been helping areas that are in dire need of help.

Recently, they’ve travelled to Tacloban. It is composed of Muslim converts.

Rodisa Lumawan, 27, a mother of four and a resident from Kalingagan happily helds four medicine packs she received while she cradled her fourth baby to sleep.

“Pasalamat k okay gi-sip-on na ‘ni akong anak ug maayo na lang sad ‘ni,” she said.


Sacks of rice were distributed to every head of the family.

The distribution was through the effort of Rep. Uy, in collaboration with the Taiwan Association Inc. Phil.

“Amigo man nato ang Taiwan people. Kinahanglan gyud ta maningkamot sa ato-a karon ug dili lang ‘ta magsalig tanan sa national government,” Uy said.

Lumis Sabay, 44, a farmer in Kalingagan went to Lokong with his eight children, four of which are married and have their own families, too.

“Kining bugas, maayo na lang ni kay dugang na gyud ni. Pasalamat gyud ko,” he said with delight.

Since majority of the residents from the three sitios were farmers, vegetable seedlings were also distributed.


While the parents lined up for the rice and medicine distribution, the children also waited in anticipation of the free haircut service.

Five professional hairdressers did the cutting. Rep. Uy shared light moment with the little girls after they got the free service.

Some who did not dare to get their hair cut, they were found under a Mango tree lining up for free porridge personally given by Mayor Uy and assisted by Vice Mayor Dagasuan. Later, Rep. Uy joined them.

Slippers were also given out to the mothers and fathers.

“Kini tabang gyud sa mga katawhan. Dili lang gumikan sa Villanueva kay usual ko naman ni ginabuhat atong mayor pa ‘ko, ako lang gipadayon karon. Pero apil pud ang uban pang kalungsuran,” she said.

As to why only the three sitios were given the services, Rep. Uy said: “Layo siya sa lungsod. Muadto pa ang mga tapok sa poblacion, mu plite pa, nihangyo ang mga opisyales na unahon tong nasa layo.” (Alyssa C. Clenuar, MUST Intern)

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on February 05, 2014.


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