Responsible Parenthood & Family Planning Seminar by POPCOM

On November 8, 2017 we attended a seminar on Responsible Parenthood & Family Planning hosted by Alfonso Local Council for Protection of Children (LCPC) at the Alfonso Municipal covered basketball court. It was attended by parents mainly mothers of Day Care children in Alfonso.

Anna of Population Commission (POPCOM) from Trece Martirez City, Cavite who was one of the key speakers of the seminar said this was the first time they conducted it in Alfonso upon the request of Gina of DSWD (Department of Social Welfare Development).

POPCOM collects the following profile data from individual participants:

  • Number of children in their family
  • Job of the parents
  • Forms of contraception they are using, if any

From the data they have gathered they will encourage each mother to use the most suitable form of contraception depending on her health and financial situation and refer her to the nearest clinic where she resides to get free contraceptive provided by the Department of Health. POPCOM cannot impose contraception but instead educate & offer the women what contraceptive services are available for them.

Anna told us that her team which is in charge of certain Cavite areas has been conducting the said seminar and Adolescent Sexuality & Reproductive Health seminar for high school students in the other areas of Cavite since there is an urgent need to control the alarming increase of population in the Philippines.They target more than 400 local high schools in Cavite. They have many team leaders assigned to cover other provinces of Cavite to conduct the seminars. They do not provide snacks to the participants but the students are given a short break period to relax & snack.

Anna said they have a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Education to conduct the seminars at any local high schools in all regions of Cavite. RIMM could invite her as a speaker in our Teenage Pregnancy Forums or RIMM can join their seminars. In any case we can work together since we share the common goals.

Joint Teenage Pregnancy Forum with IDN Manila

On October 14, 2017, RIMM was invited by Indonesia Diaspora Network (IDN) Manila (an NGO involved in social services in Asia) to conduct speaking engagements on Teenage Pregnancy in the Philippines held at Barangay. Payatas in Quezon City, Metro Manila.

IDN noted that Brgy. Payatas has one of the highest rate of teenage pregnancy in Metro Manila. The area is known as a trash dumping site of greater Manila.

The forum was attended by female and male teenagers along with their mothers totaling around 100. The local barangay officials and health workers got also involved in the forum.

RIMM speakers past president Raymund and current president Betty along with Gina of DSWD (Department of Social Welfare Development) Alfonso and Anna of LCPC (Local Council for Protection of Children) relayed the social aspects of teenage pregnancy. Gina made the whole audience to vow to prevent teenage pregnancy. Another invited speaker of IDN Dr. Belen Rajagukguk talked abut the health aspect of teenage pregnancy.

In the discussion session the participants were separated into 3 groups. The first group consisted of 12 to 20 years old female and male teenagers; the second group consisted of 9 to 11 years old children and the third group consisted of parents. Key speakers Anna, Gina and president Betty acted as facilitators of the said groups respectively. President Betty found out during the discussion session that the parents of the teens are busy scavenging the dumpsites for livelihood and do not spend time with their children.

A role playing depicting the disadvantages of teenage pregnancy was performed by teens residing in Brgy. Payatas.

Several video clips on teenage pregnancy gave a visual chilling factor on the realities of early pregnancies.

IDN gave a full meal to their audience and even a loot bag to take home after the forum.

At the closing ceremony a certification of appreciation was given to the speakers. IDN officials told us that they were very satisfied about our speakers that they feel had given a direct impact to the teenagers and mothers who attended the forum.

IDN gave a donation of P4,000 to our club. IDN said they are looking forward to working with RIMM again.

Teenage Pregnancy Forum at Luksuhin National High School

On September 14, 2017 RIMM (Rotary International Multinational Manila) and LCPC (Local Council for Protection of Children) conducted a Teenage Pregnancy Forum at Luksuhin National High School in Alfonso, Cavite, Philippines.

The forum was attended by 60 students from Grade 7 and 8. Two new speakers shared their insights on teenage pregnancy namely Dr. Evangelina Manzo (Municipal Health Officer) and Mr. Manilito Mondejar of RIMM. Other speakers were DSWD Officer Gina Vedan, Pastor Domingo Santiago and Ana Liza Alcazar of Kiwanis. President Betty Vicedo also gave her motherly advice to the young students to prevent teenage pregnancy.

The school principal of Luksuhin National High School requested RIMM if we can conduct another Teenage Pregnancy Forum for Grade 11 and 12 students because the senior high school students also wanted to participate in the forum.

President Betty relayed that school officials of Palokpok National High School in Mendez, Cavite are also interested for RIMM to conduct a Teenage Pregnancy Forum at the school but RIMM will try to comply with the request.

RIMM paid for the nutritious snacks and drinks of the students and speakers prepared by the.school canteen amounting to P2,100 (P30/person x 70 persons).

Donation to Stop Sexual Abuse On Children

On August 8, 2017 RIMM donated P10,000 to Gina of DSWD (Department of Social Welfare Development) to support the “Stop Sexual Abuse on Children” Program.

In the meantime, Academy of World Healing Foundation (AWH) which works with RIMM also handed 3rd quarter donation of P15,000 to Gina and witnessed by Alfonso Police Officer Janet, who is also a member of LCPC (Local Council for Protection of Children).

Donation to House with No Steps / Fixing of Oxygen Therapy Machine

On May 12, 2017 Rotary International Multinational Manila (RIMM) brought adult diapers, bottles of rubbing alcohol, sanitary wipes and packs of cotton balls to Mrs. Brual of House with No Steps Foundation in Alfonso, Cavite, where severely handicapped orphans reside. The said donation was given by All Star President Marni Sy of Rotary Club of Cavite Export Processing Zone through IPP Raymund Balicha of RIMM. 
Christine who supports RIMM from time to time came with us and donated bed pads. 
Mrs. Brual mentioned that the electric oxygen therapy machine they are using which was donated to them was not emitting out enough oxygen after several weeks of usage. She said the oxygen therapy machine is very useful to them when an orphan gets ill. We saw one orphan hooked up to an oxygen-filled tank. She relayed that they have difficulty finding a driver to have the oxygen tank refilled each time in Silang, Cavite.
Club Rotarian Henry offered to bring home the oxygen therapy machine so he can check on the problem. He managed to fix it by removing many dust particles on its filter. Mrs. Brual was very grateful to when the oxygen therapy machine was brought back to them in working condition. 

Stop Sexual Abuse of Children

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.

Christmas giving to indigents

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.

Christmas giving in conjunction with DSWD, Alfonso

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.

Teenage Pregnancy Seminar at Luksuhin National High School

On August 19, 2016 our club (RIMM: Rotary International Multi-national Manila) conducted a Teenage Pregnancy Forum at the Lucsuhin National High School, Alfonso, Cavite, Philippines. Resource speakers of The Local Council for the Protection of Children (LCPC), Kiwanis and Values Formation and Spiritual Transformation Council, Inc. (VFSTCI) shared their insights to the students and Health teachers. More than 50 teenage students from Grades 7 to 9 participated in the forum.
 
Resource speakers in the forum were:
1. Past President Raymund Balicha of RIMM
2. Betty Vicedo of RIMM
3. Gina Vedan of LCPC
4. Anacoleta Alcazar of LCPC
5. Pastor Nestor Sindac of VFSTCI
6. Anna Liza of Kiwanis
 
A series of documentary video presentation were shown where the students reacted to the reality of a young teenage Filipina mother experiencing a painful birth and facing the reality of financial difficulties and all other disadvantages of being a teenage mother.
 
In the open forum the Resource Speakers answered the questions of the student enumerated below :
1. Why is it that we find it difficult to open up to our parents about our problems?
2. How do we still prevent pregnancy during sex?
3. How do i know if a man has an intention to have sex with me when we are together?
4. Why are there teenagers who get pregnant and cannot wait for  the right time in their life?
5. What are the signs that a girl is pregnant?
6. Why are there young teens who have sex even if they know the risk of it?
7. There is an increase in teenage pregnancies ages 12-19 who also commit abortion. Have you encountered any teenage mother who committed abortion?
8. How can a relationship be accepted by our parents?
9. Why are teenagers in heat in having sex?
10. Is it safe to have sex during menstruation?
11. What the signs that are girl is not virgin?
12. What is Cervical Cancer?
 
Lucsuhin National High School Principal Perlita Villanueva was grateful to RIMM for conducting a Teenage Pregnancy Forum at their school since their rate of teenage pregnancy is alarmingly increasing. The Health teachers and the students who participated in the forum will share what they have learned to all of the other students during their Health subject. After the well-participated forum RIMM shouldered the snacks of all the participants.
 
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Bereaved Family Care

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.

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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.

20160601_104707 (Medium)She applied for a several positions at industrial manufacturers but due to her health reason (anemic?) she was not accepted.

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.