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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A Club Meeting

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.

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Spine Board Donation to ARESCOM

On February 14, 2016, as suggested by our honorary member surgent Baurile, RIMM (Rotary International Multinational Manila) donated a handmade spine board for emergency use to the medical team in 4CDG-ARESCOM (4th Regional Community Defense Group, Army Reserve Command) at Camp Riego de Dios in Tanza, Cavite.
It was appreciated and recognized by the group commander Rommel Cabanayan and major De Sagun.

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Teenage Pregnancy Forum in Tagaytay

  On February 4, 2016 Rotary International Multinational Manila (RIMM) conducted a Teenage Pregnancy Forum at the Tagaytay International Convention Center. About 150 selected students from three different National High Schools in Tagaytay City attended the forum. The majority of the participants were female students.
The venue was indoor, air-conditioned and fully equipped with a projector and sound systems.
20160204_092621 (Medium)President Raymund Balicha shared vital information and statistics why the Philippines has now the highest rate of teenage pregnancy among the  ASEAN countries.
20160204_092350 (Medium)The teenage mother speaker relayed her ordeal being a teenage mother to the students. The students were shocked to hear her story. During the open forum many students participated in asking questions to her. The students were curious on this sensitive topic.
20160204_094055 (Medium)Some questions asked by students were:

  1. Did you realize that you were already engaging in an actual sexual act with your boyfriend?
  2. Did you know the consequence of your sexual contact that may get you pregnant?
  3. What is the reason why you did not listen to your mother’s advice?
  4. How painful was it when you were giving birth for the first time?
  5. Have you been pessimistic about the  future for yourself and your child?
  6. How did you know that you are pregnant

20160204_095444 (Medium)Dr. Liza Fe Capupus (Tagaytay City Health Officer) was supportive of this Teenage Pregnancy Forum.  She relayed to the students that the rate of teenage pregnancy is increasing in the City of Tagaytay. She said that she owns a lying-in maternal clinic in Alfonso and noticed that there are many teenage mothers giving birth in her clinic. She told the students that teen pregnancy can be very risky as it could lead to maternal death due to pre-clampsia or the sudden rise in blood pressure. On top of that the young body of a teenage mother is not yet fully developed to bear her own child. At the end of the forum, she gathered the participated students to make a study on the effect of the said forum.

20160204_101930 (Medium)Rosalinda Eridao of DSWD-Tagaytay shared her insight on teenage pregnancy. She said a teenage mother and her child is likely to be physically abused by her partner in later life. Likewise children of teen mothers are more likely neglected and peform poorly in school. These incidents are based on her experience with DSWD.

20160204_103008 (Medium)Our club member Betty Vicedo also shared her motherly advice to the students. She said her adopted daughter was a victim of teenage pregnancy when she was studying at the Tagaytay National High School. She said it was not easy raising her grandchild when the father was not around to support her adopted daughter.

20160204_103753 (Medium)In the latter part of the forum four short video documentaries on teenage pregnancy was shown on screen, which seem to have visually impacted them effectively.

At the end of the forum, a male teenage student openly said that he now has a clearer understanding about the suffering a teenage mother will go through. He now has more respect for a woman and he will not become a teenage father after what he had learned from the forum.

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International Medical Assistance for National Emergency

During November 2015 through January 2016, RIMM (Rotary International Multinational Manila) coordinated a non-profit & non-government organization called Japan Heart, which dispatches Japanese volunteer medical doctors and nurses to ASEAN countries, with governmental organizations in the Philippines in order to provide their medical assistance in case of national emergencies.

RIMM introduced Japan Heart to 4CDG-ARESCOM (4th Regional Community Defense Group, Army Reserve Command) and visited Colonel Pasqual at Camp Eldridge, Los Banos, Laguna. It was agreed that 4CDG-ARESCOM would facilitate land-transportation for emergency medical mission of Japan Heart in the region 4A (CALABARZON) & 4B( MIMAROPA).

20160113_094255 (Medium)20160129_100619 (Large)RIMM then set up an meeting with the Department of Health. Director Dr. Gloria Balboa of Health Emergency Management Bureau summoned Chief Health Program Officer Dr. Joel Buenaventura and Medical Specialist Dr. Ronald Law of Bureau of International Health Cooperation and had a meeting at DOH office in Santa Cruz, Manila with Japan Heart representative Ms. Mika Aono and aneurosurgeon Dr. Miki Kanaji who is a RIMM member and volunteered in Myanmar with Japan Heart.

RIMM and Japan Heart learned that after typhoon Haiyan (Filipino name: Yolanda) there was a bill constructed to deal with such National disaster emergency and PIHAC (Philippine International Humanitarian Assistance Cluster) was established, as there was no such organization before. PIHAC is authorized on behalf of the other department such as  DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs) and DOH to handle and coordinate foreign voluntary organizations which come to assist in case of emergency. Basically in normal time PRC (Professional Regulation Commission) licenses are required to conduct medical services in the Philippines. However, it will be waived with pre-registration with DOH as a foreign voluntary organization.

Japan Heart confirmed to work on the application documents for pre-registration.

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District Governor Obet Visit

On January 20, 2016, the DG Obet, DGE Rudy and the other district officials visited RIMM (Rotary International Multinational Manila) headquarters in Alfonso, Cavite. All the RIMM club members including Henry Komorita from United States, Dr. Miki Kanaji from Japan, Ivan Indrisi originally from Holland and Imelda Domingo from Olongapo attended the meeting. Various topics were reported and discussed including RIMM’s flagship program of family planning, teenage pregnancy, Helping Aetas tribes, road safety, indigent support, coordination for volunteer Japanese doctors and nurses at National emergency and health concerns on tuberculosis.
Lunch was served at a cafeteria together with the overseas guests of AWH (Academy of World Healing Foundation) that provides its venue to RIMM.

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