December is a giving time especially to children that suffer in poverty from the uncontrolled population explosion. Many of the indigent settlers from Samar Island who used to live in barangay Mangas II, Alfonso, Cavite were forced to relocate and now reside in Usting, barangay Luksuhin Ibaba. Because of space limitations families settled in several locations separated by about a 15 minute walk.
RIMM members visited these two sites and provided sacks of rice, quality used clothes from Japan, firewoods for cooking their balut (fertilized duck egg with developed embryo), coconuts, P100 for each family, etc. Selling of balut is their livelihood and requires a ready supply of firewood which they have to buy if not available.
New club member Betty handed out 20 peso bills to the children and the elderly. Christmas cheer was celebrated with singing songs of the season. Betty also invited all indigents to a Christmas Day Party (Dec. 25th) at her home where she and her husband provided a hearty meal to over 100 indigents as well as gifts for the children.
RIMM conducted a Teenage Pregnancy Forum at Taywanak National High School in Alfonso, Cavite. Students and teachers totaling 61 participated in the forum.
The students were keen asking questions to Ronalyn. At the end of the forum during meal break clusters of female students approached Ronalyn when she was feeding her baby to get to know her better and discussed further with her about being a teen mother.
The teachers said that they were impressed on Ronalyn how maturely she answered the questions of their students. President Raymund shared insights regarding the disadvantages of teen pregnancy.
RIMM donated initial construction materials to assist in rebuilding the shanties of the informal settlers at Usting, Luksuhin Ibaba who were evicted from barangay Mangas II in Alfonso, Cavite, Philippines.
Barangay Luksuhin Ibaba lady Captain Cynthia was on site with us to witness the donation of the materials and rebuilding of the shanties.
Richard, the leader of the informal settlers, worked with all the male settlers on building four houses (one of which where Henry’s family resides) that needed assistances the most. They were very grateful of RIMM’s donation of the housing materials.
An additional funding is allocated to continue their house reconstruction this month.
RIMM is buying housing materials at a local hardware store for the informal settlers.
On August 28 FriendlyCare conducted ligation at the “Ospital ng Tagaytay”. About 60 women from Tagaytay attended for the pre-screening and 36 out of 60 qualified for ligation operation. There were no candidates from Alfonso. Tagaytay Mayor Agnes (in orange long blouse) gave moral support & provided light meals to the women.
RIMM gave the check donation of P10,000 through Ms. Madz (in orange T-shirt) to aid post-surgery medication cost of FriendlyCare. She issued an Official Receipt of the said donation.
Ms. Madz said FriendlyCare aims to provide its ligation services in the entire Province of Cavite. Ms. Madz told us that FriendlyCare gives financial incentives to the Barangay health worker for every successful ligation referred.
Dr. Liza Capupus (in blue-white blouse) who is a City Health Officer of Tagaytay, strongly supports Family Planning.
Dr. Capupus mentioned the following reasons why the uneducated sector in the Philippines remain in utter poverty and continuing to rise in alarming rate:
they do not believe or refuse in the usage of any method of contraception
they believe having more children will help in earning money to put food on the table each day; they are lucky if they can have one meal in a day.
strong influence of the Catholic Church
She said USAID has observed that usage of pills & condoms being provided for free in health centers were mainly used by middle income sector and notby the poorest sector who needs it most which was USAID’s main target. That is part of the reason why USAID has diminished its assistance to theDepartment of Health. There are now lesser supplies of contraception available for free at health centers.
She also said the Department of Health has trained selected professional health workers to be resource speakers on a subject called “Adolescent Health” wherein teenage pregnancy is discussed in the said subject. There aremodules in the program that the trained resource speakers follow asguidelines during the seminar. She assigns her resource speakers onvoluntary basis to conduct it at local high schools in Tagaytay.The City Health Head Nurse of Tagaytay will conduct the Adolescent Health seminar at Tagaytay National High School.
She suggested that we approach Dr. Manzo to invite a trained resource speaker on Adolescent Health from her department to participate in our Teenage Pregnancy Forum at Taywanak National High School in Alfonso on Sept, 18.
The indigent residents in barangay Mangas II, Alfonso, Cavite, whom we helped with birth certificates, received an eviction order from the land owner as the land was sold. They need to vacate there by the end of July, 2015. Some have already gone back to their home town in Samar. Some went to Bacoor where they previously settled. Many have managed to settle in near by market area in barangay Luksuhin. Our club president visited the site and observed their moves. Our club has decided to assist the settlers in Luksuhin in providing shelter materials and some tools for their new houses that are made of bamboos, plastic sheets, coco lumber and tin roof sheets.
As we learned that the residents of the squatter village in Mangas II, Alfonso, Cavite were paying 10 pesos for every cellphone charging at their neighbor house, RIMM member donated his personal solar charger device to them. Many gathered to see the magical instrument which they likely have never seen in their life. Since some cellphones required additional adapter cables, RIMM donated P150 cash so they can buy them in the market.
Updates of Henry (who were almost dying in the beginning of the year): He shaved his hair and looked all right. Updates of the baby girl with a lump on her arm: The little space with some tarpaulin sheet wrapped as wall is where the mother and the baby girl sleep. They are just “borrowing” the space to sleep. The skin surface of the hemangioma has scabs. The recently delivered baby who had a little jaundice before seem to be all right now. She just has some mosquito bites.
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.
A post-Christmas support giving project turned into a life-and-death struggle. Academy of World Healing Foundation (AWH) and club members brought the almost terminally ill 18-yr old boy Henry, weighing 27 kilos (dying of malnutrition, lung infection, parasite invasion, cannot eat nor drink and totally dehydrated) along with his mother to Dr. Manzo’s Alfonso Health Center for initial check-up and the Alfonso hospital for x-rays, blood tests etc. (one lung non-functional due to infection). Mother admits not having birth certificates for either her son nor herself and emergency Phil Health assistance is not feasible. Henry, as indigent, is nevertheless transported on orders of Dr. Manzo by ambulance, along with a club member and rep. from DSWD, to a public hospital in Trece Martirez, then going on to Manila after admittance failed. After two days the dying boy, not gaining admittance in any hospital, came back by public transportation to the barangay to die. Dr. Manzo suggests that the only way to save the boy, along with the medication provided to fight the infection, is to get his resistance up by providing high energy food such as ENSURE. Club members immediately purchased high energy food and also continued to support the mother (father died; 17-year old daughter has 8-month old baby and boyfriend ran away) until the boy would hopefully regain his strength to be dewormed and the mother can go back to work as a street Penoy/Balot egg vendor along Aguinaldo Highway. Henry was subsequently diagnosed with TB and the club supplied food and other incidentals inclusive of charcoal throughout the month to Henry and his mother as she had to stay home to nurse the boy back to health. Additionally, indigent families were provided bundled firewood throughout the month. Children were also provided with baked goods, sweets, clothing.