Teenage Pregnancy Forum at Palocpoc National High School

On December 7, 2017 RIMM conducted a Teenage Pregnancy Forum at the Polocpoc National High School in Mendez-Nunez, Cavite.

The forum was attended by 65 students from Grades 7 to 10 and 15 parents of some students. President Betty, Gina and Ana of DSWD were resource speakers of the forum. President Betty invited her classmate President Ann Margaret San Antonio of the Rotary Club of Manila Kalaw and she volunteered to share her insight on the issue. President Gigi Altamiramo of Innerwheel Club of Paranaque D383 also attended the forum upon the invitation of President Ann.

Video documentaries on teenage pregnancy in the Philippines were shown to visually convey the disadvantages of teenage pregnancy.

RIMM provided snacks for the participated students with which president Ann gave her share.

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.

RIMM as Guest Speakers on Family Planning upon the Invitation of RC-Pasay

On May 24, 2017 past president Raymund Balicha and Jun Baurille of Rotary International Multinational Manila (RIMM) along with Liezel Alcazar of Kiwanis Alfonso Chapter attended the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Pasay as guest speakers upon the invitation of RC-Pasay club president Marc Martin to share RIMM’s Family Planning programs to his club members. The venue was held at the Manila Polo Club in Forbes Park, Makati, Metro Manila.

IPP Raymund reported providing financial assistance and working with Friendly Care to perform free ligation to hundreds of women in hospitals in Cavite and Tagaytay. He also relayed statistics on high Teenage Pregnancy in the Philippines. Power point presentation showed many photos of ligation activities and Teenage Pregnancy Forums in Alfonso and Tagaytay.

Honorary Member Jun showed photos of his emergency rescue operations involving many vehicular accidents.

Liezel shared her in-dept insights on issues on the high pregnancy rate in the Philippines and her active involvement during our Teenage Pregnancy Forums.

At the end of the event Rotary Club of Manila members told us that it was an eye-opener for them that family planning is key to prevent over population in the Philippines.

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.

KWBL AM 1242KHz – Rotary Serving Humanity

On January 17, 2017, CP Nito Siassat invited ASP Casey Takayama along with IPP Raymund Balicha and PE Betty Vicedo of RIMM to attend a Radio Talk Show that was sponsored by the governor Ernesto Yuyek.
RIMM shared its activities of serving the community and the poor especially its flagship program “Family Planning” to tackle the alarming national population explosion which is the root cause of poverty, hunger, joblessness and environmental destruction.

Teenage Pregnancy Forum in Alfonso National High School

November 18, 2016

Rotary International Multinational Manila (RIMM), Local Council for the Protection of Children (LCPC) under municipality of Alfonso, Cavite and Kiwanis Alfonso conducted a Teenage Pregnancy Forum at the Alfonso National High School, Cavite.
 
One hundred (100) students from Grade 7 to 9 actively participated in the forum. Six (6) resource speakers shared their insights during the forum. Several video presentation on Teenage Pregnancy in the Philippines caught attention of the young students.
 
Some of the questions asked during the open forum from the curios minds of the young students were:
1. Why is there a rise in Teenage Pregnancy?
2. Can the government help to stop the high rate of Teenage Pregnancy in the Philippines?
3. Why is it that the risk of maternal death is high in a teenage mother?
4. Why are teens still giving birth despite the high poverty in the country?
5. If a father molests his own child and the mother knows about it where can the victim get help?
6. How does a teen mother get cervical cancer?
7. What if a girl gets pregnancy by her boyfriend but her parents dislike him?
8. Does the government assist a teenage mother financially?
9. How difficult is it to be a teenage mother?
10. What are the health risks of a teenage mother?
11. Why is it that most young male teens are eager to have sex?
12. What laws do we have to protect young rape victims?
 
At the end of the forum the students seem to have raised their awareness and hopefully it helped preventing them from become victims of teenage pregnancy. The students said they will share the vital information they have learned in the said forum to other students in their class room session.

Indigent Baby Girl with Hemangioma

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.

DSCF7218[1] (Medium) DSCF7220[1] (Medium)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.

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Indigent Support in Usting Continued

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.

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