Teenage Pregnancy Seminar at Balibago National Highschool

February 24, 2015
A two hour (1-3pm) focused presentation on teenage pregnancy was given at Balibago National High School in Laguna to 120-130 students, over 75% of which were girls between the ages of 12-14. Teenage mother Ronalyn Thanre from the Mangas II sqatter camp in Alfonso, Cavite, holding her 8-month old son, was the main speaker (supported by 13-year old Kessy, also from Mangas). Starting with an emotional talk as to her background and sufferings as a destitute teenage mother and with RIMM (Rotary International Multinational Manila) member and teacher Mondejar as moderator, she settled down and answered student questions for over one hour. IPP (Immediate Past President) Klaus followed with an overview of the rapid increase in population in relation to the availability and price of rice, the most basic commodity for survival.

RIMM treated The Mangas teenage speakers to lunch, provided a honorarium to them and also provided additional rice support. Funded by RIMM and prepared on-site, merienda was served to all students at three o’clock.

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Indigent Family Support with Guests from Overseas

Guests from overseas, largely Japan, had donated clothing to RIMM (Rotary International Multinational Manila) and wanted to further assist the 25 Samar families of the squatter village in barangay Mangas II, Alfonso, Cavite through RIMM. Totally 5 days in different groups IPP (Immediate Past President) Klaus drove them by AWH van to the site where clothing, rice, staples and baked goods were distributed as to the needs of the families. Representatives from DSWD worked with the group’s leader on indigent certificates subsequent to meetings RIMM had with them at City Hall. Seven family support (and cleanup days with all children receiving P5 for picking up garbage0 were conducted during the month. Bags were provided to the children for trash collection and hauled by RIMM from the site for proper disposal.

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Medical Mission – Helping Babies of Indigent Mothers

Margie Plandiano, an undernourished single mother at Gulug Mangas II, asked for assistance for her baby born in 2014 as it had a golfball-size swelling on her left arm (possible infantile venous hemangiomas). The club drove both to the Provincial Health Center where Dr. Manzo examined the baby girl. She will probably require an operation along with blood transfusion as the large swelling is increasing. Since the mother afterwards admitted not having a birth certificate for herself she was included in the batch of adults receiving birth certificates and is being provided with a certificate of indigence from DSWD. She then has to take the initiative and bring her baby to the Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo General Hospital in Trece Martirez for further check-ups. However, since there were no slots for indigents to receive Philhealth the club paid for her year’s registration (P2,400). Pediatrician Dr. Nasu from Japan visited AWH and also the site and diagnosed the swelling as possible infantile venous hemangioma which usually shrinks naturally after 1 year from birth.

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Saving the life of an indigent boy #2

Almost terminally ill 18-yr. old boy Henry, while initially weighing only 27 kg., and suffering from malnutrition, infection, and tuberculosis is recovering. Nutritional assistance was still provided by the club throughout the month of February. He gained over five kilos and he as well as his mother, brothers and sisters received their birth certificates. henry received birth certificate 2014 12-29 Mangas Sick boy (Large)

Fellowship – Joint Meeting at RIMM

February 1st, 2015
Folowing the fellowship luncheon a joint meeting was held with the other Rotary clubs at the headquarters of Rotary International Multinational Manila. Joint teamwork for family planning and ligation in Manila was discussed. Highlighted was also the social problem of skyrocketing teen-age pregnancies, especially in the typhoon belt areas (where WHO reported 15,000 babies were born every month) and the need to find effective solutions to it. It is a major part of the expected 50 million population increase over the next 35 years that will most likely be uneducated and perpetually live in poverty as the country does not have the financial means to address their needs now or in the future.DSCF5943 (Large) DSCF5945 (Large) 20150201_161628 (Large)