Gina of DSWD (Department of Social Welfare Development) Alfonso presided over the Local Council for Protection of Children (LCPC) meeting on January 30, 2017 at the Brgy. Hall of Poblacion II in Alfonso.
PP Raymund Balicha announced that RIMM would be financially supporting “Stop Sexual Abuse on Children” with P10,000 per quarter starting this immediate quarter through Gina, DSWD Alfonso, in addition to the quarterly funding of P15,000 by AWH (Academy of World Healing Foundation) whose funding members are also serving as RIMM club members. The donation will be used specifically for sexually abused children matters. Gina will be submitting quarterly reports to AWH and RIMM on this issue.
Dr. Manzo of Alfonso chief Municipal Health Officer noted RIMM’s advocacy to End TB program.
Gina was very grateful to RIMM for the quarterly financial support on sexually abused children. She said she will use part of the fund for the 5 year old rape victim.
Starting early morning of Dec 23, RIMM Rotarians delivered several van loads of cured firewood to 21 indigent squatter camp families in Brgy. Lucsuhin. Led by IPP Raymund and supported by volunteer Christine, the wood shipment was followed in the afternoon with the delivery of 5kg. rice for each family, 80 coconuts, pandesal bread and coins for the children who put everyone in the Christmas mood by singing Christmas carols. Christmas is truly for the children.
On Christmas day PE Betty along with husband Fred and the whole family opened their home to the same indigent families and other indigents in the neighborhood, serving several hundred hearty meals from a large roasted pig along with individual wrapped presents for each child.
On December 20, 2016, the Christmas giving party planned by RIMM in cooperation with DSWD-Alfonso, Cavite which had selected 51 of the poorest families in three barangays, got underway on a beautiful sunny day. By 8:00 am three vans and one truck had been loaded at the RIMM H.Q. with cured firewood for cooking, 51 bags of rice, assorted canned goods and coconuts. Additionally bananas, noodles, shampoos and bath soaps had been donated by volunteer Christine and her family.
The gift distribution team consisting of IPP Raymund, PE Betty (with husband Fred, grand daughter Ashana & assistant Andy), Honorary Member Jun Baurile, volunteer Christine, DSWD Alfonso Officer Gina (with husband Ric) and supportive members of her staff then quickly departed for the scheduled all-day event. Most of the items were distributed at individual homes but because of time limitations, some were distributed at a barangay hall. The handing out of gifts to surprised but very appreciative participants was accompanied by singing of Christmas carols with the children also heartily participating and receiving P20 bills for their spirited efforts in addition to ice cream from the ice cream vendor. It was truly a memorable and meaingful Christmas event for everyone.
In the Philippines, new school classes usually start in June after the hot season. In the beginning of June, parents become busy preparing school supplies for their children. The grandmother of Nino requested our club an assistance of fund for school supply.
Nino’s mother was raped and murdered. Nino is 15 years old now but he is in grade 4. He almost became a street child after his mother’s death. He was found in Tagaytay 4 years ago and brought to our club. Our club with the British couple who found Nino on the street assisted his family for a couple of years funding P3,500 per month. Nino started to go to elementary school at the age of 10 and now he is in grade 4.
The family used to live in General Trias, Cavite. However they recently moved to Binan, Laguna because the place in Cavite was filled with memories of Nino’s mother. His grandmother did not wished Nino to suffer from it.
President Elect Casey visited their new rent house in Binan to give donation for Nino’s school supply. She told him that the rent there was more expensive (P2,500/mo) than the one in General Trias (P1,500/mo). Their living room was hot like sauna when PE Casey visited around 2pm in the afternoon and outside was probably cooler with some air flow.
Mhina, a sister of the deceased Nino’s mother (Nino’s aunt), is 21 years old and worked for a department store in Dasmarinas as a sales lady. She said that her contract had just ended and she was looking for a job. Actually, based on our club’s recommendation, she finished an electrical technician course in TESDA (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority), a government organization which provides free education to Filipinos.
The family’s life totally relies on Mhina’s income now. It is crucial to find her job.
Since it is difficult to find a job in Binan and the rent is expensive, the family wishes to move again. PE Casey suggested to move to Trece Martirez, Cavite as they have a new department store just opened. Mhina liked the idea. There is a Rotary club in Trece Martirez and PE Casey will ask for their assistance in finding a reasonable place around the town.
As discussed at our last club meeting, on May 30 Rotarian Betty & the president Raymund brought the baby girl with hemangioma with her mother to the Chinese herbal doctor Tan’s clinic which is located in Chinatown in Metro Manila. After Dr. Tan diagnosed the baby girl he recommended her to surgically remove the lump and go back to his clinic after the operation. In the meantime Dr. Tan prescribed his Chinese capsule & tea to ease the pain of the baby.
Dr. Tan did not charge us for his consultation fee of P400 upon learning that Rotary is helping the indigent child.
We were not allowed to take photos inside his clinic nor his pharmacy. Therefore the photos were taken outside the clinic.
Originally the baby girl was found among the indigents we helped when they were still in Mangas, Alsonfo, Cavite. We brought a volunteer Japanese pediatrician to the site and she diagnosed the baby girl’s condition as hemangioma. Since hemangioma usually shrink naturally after 1.5 years of age, we decided to observe the progress.
When the baby girl turned 2 years old the lump was still as big as the size slightly larger than golf ball. Then we took her to the Alfonso Municipal Health Center, PGH (Philippine General Hospital) in Malate and even to PCH (Philippine Childrens Hospital) in Quezon City. After several diagnostic procedure, PGH was going to conduct CT scan on her but due to the Philippine’s election time and other circumstances, it has been postponed. Meanwhile, we sought for an alternative natural remedy for her which was this Chinese herbal clinic but found no other plan than surgery.
Since our direction of how to take care of the indigent baby girl with hemangioma in Usting, Luksuhin, Alfonso, Cavite was altered to more natural remedy with the Chinese herbal doctor in Chinatown, Manila, instead of going through PGH (Philippine General Hospital) with the modern medicine which is catered to indigents based on our discussion at our last club meeting, our club president and the incoming president visited the resettlement sites in Usting to check the status of the baby girl.
We took a van load full of fire wood provided by Academy of World Healing Foundation (AWH) for cooking duck eggs (balut) for their livelihood business. We also brought some foreign chocolates for the children.
The new plan of three children limit per couple from the new president was reminded to them.
The appointment was set with the baby girl with hemangioma with her mother for coming Monday to go to Chinatown.
On May 26, 2016 the members in the Philippines held a club meeting at one of the club member Betty’s house in barangay Sicat, Alfonso, Cavite. She is a good chef and cooked many dishes for our luncheon meeting including tuna sashimi that she hand carried from General Santos, Mindanao.
The topic included the Philippines’ president-elect Rodorigo Duterte’s plan that enforces three children limit per couple. It makes sense to our club whose flagship program is family planning and which deems overpopulation is the root cause of poverty, joblessness, food shortage, lack of education and environment of destruction. Our club has been expecting something as drastic measure as this.
The other issue discussed was about the indigent baby girl who has hemangioma on her left arm. We have been taking her to PGH for many examinations including CT scan eventually to surgically remove the lump from her arm. However, the progress has been prolonged by various circumstances. We have started to feel that some invisible force was preventing the direction. Then Betty suggested to take her to a good Chinese herbal doctor who is highly reputed. Upon confirmation of feasibility with the baby girl and her mother, we made a plan to visit China town next week. The episode will be covered in the next article.
The Php3,500/month family support handout for former parentless street child Nino, his under-employed grandmother Ester Stuazon and her 20-year old daughter Mhina ended in June 2015 after a 30-month support. Nino’s mother (Ester’s daughter & Mhina’s sister) was raped and murdered. Mhina, who graduated from high school two years ago has financially provided meaningful family support through part time job since our financial assistance stopped.
Ester informed us that the family was moving from their quarter in General Trias, Cavite to Binan, Laguna. Two of our club members visited them and gave financial assistance for their moving and Nino’s school supplies. Nino is 15 years old but is at 5th grade in elementary school as he was mentally disturbed and could not receive proper education in his early years. Mhina has obtained a job opportunity at a department store in Calamba, Laguna as a sales lady and is going to support the family’s livelihood.