Dubbed “Santa Fe: Tinitingala, Dinadakila, Pinagpapala, Pinauunlad… para sa Tao at Bayan”, doctor and dentist-volunteers from UERMMMC and the University of the East College of Dentistry, assisted by nurses and healthworkers of the LGU of Sta. Fe diagnosed, treated, prescribed and gave medicines to the recipients. Majority of the beneficiaries were first-time dental patients.
To complete the “fiesta gift”, TYKFI enrolled some 450 farmers from Nueva Vizcaya to the Sponsored Program of the Government under the Partial Subsidy Scheme to PhilHealth. This is part of TYKFI’s effort to help the government provide health services to low-income rural residents, and for the NV farmers to form part of the earlier enrolled 3,036 indigent members from the provinces of Ilocos Sur, La Union, Abra, Occidental Mindoro, Leyte, Pangasinan and Albay who are not included in the NHTS-PR poor list of the DSWD.
Health care is a vital service that daily touches the lives of millions of Filipinos especially the people in the rural areas. Rural areas in general have greater concentrations of elderly people than in urban areas. An older population is more likely to have chronic health care needs, and other people may be less able to travel to obtain health care services.
Due to poorer access to mass media and lower educational levels, health education efforts is hampered, with the result that rural residents may be less familiar with preventive health measures and less aware of public programs. Philhealth has therefore committed to conduct information, education, and communication activities on the policies, rules and regulations relative to Program benefits, availment procedures, and the rights and obligations of a member to the identified beneficiaries.
Giving the celebration an even more festive air were the University of the East Chorale, The U.E. Silanganan Dance Troupe, and the PEP Squad, prompting town Mayor Teodorico DP. Padilla, Jr. to comment that “this is one of a kind festivities in our town…the whole day we have doctors and dentists from UERMMMC and UE which provided medical and dental mission, and we are entertained by the UE PEP Squad and Silanganan Dance Troupe and of course we were serenaded by the award-winning UE Chorale. Again to Tan Yan Kee Foundation, UE and UERMMMMC…a million thanks from the people of Sta. Fe.”