On April 11, 2015, the residents of Sta. Fe in Nueva Vizcaya descended from different barangays and converged at the Chapel of the Divine Mercy for three special reasons: to attend the Holy Mass; to avail of the free medical services from the Tan Yan Kee Foundation, Inc.’s medical team and local volunteers; and to enjoy free haircut from the TYKFI-Hortaleza beauty care trainees and volunteers from the military
More than 1,000 residents availed of the free consultation and medicine and most of them came early to attend the Holy Mass officiated by Fr. Jerome Ponce. The Sta. Fe Volunteer Group led by former Mayor Teodorico Padilla, Jr. welcomed Mr. Philip Sing and his TYKFI staff, and the volunteer doctors from the UERMMMC pool of medical specialists.
The UERM doctors who participated in the TYKFI’s medical mission were: Dr. Fe Aileen F. Arellano - Internal Medicine, Dr. Jessa Marisse E. Marapao - Internal Medicine, Dr. Christian Emmanuel T. Lim – Neurology, Dr. Jose Miguel J. Ambat – Ophthalmology, Dr. Diane D. Gurnote – Ophthalmology, Dr. Donaliz A. Garcia – Pediatrics, and Dr. Maria Patricia Madonna Melisenda C. Navarro – Pediatrics.
The Sta Fe local volunteer-doctors were Drs. Mary Hope C. Bumulo and Marie Anne F. Amlos.
Other volunteers also included staff from the Philippine National Bank, the local community and private donors and medical practitioners who offered their services free during the day-long medical mission. Among the free medical items distributed by TYKFI were reading glasses, vitamins, antibiotics and medicines for pulmonary ailments, hypertension, fever, and infections.
Elma Barol, 23, came with her three-year old daughter, Juvilyn to ask for advice and treatment for their ear infection. Ms. Barol said they do not have an established Health Center and health service treatment is on and off. She said: “That is why our community is always open for Medical Mission. And this TYKFI Medical Mission is very effective. It is a big help for us. To sustain the project, please send more doctors next time.”
Basilia Baghang, a 72-year old camote planter, said she was happy to learn about the free medical services through her friends. She consulted about her eyes and she got a free pair of eyeglasses.
Jessica Latumbo, 42, who is a Volunteer Helper at Divine Mercy Chapel, married, with four children said she consulted the doctors for her kidney problem. She said the project helped them because it offered free consultation. “And it is able to help our Health Center with free medicines. We are very happy with this kind of project. We can sustain the project by means of Tan Yan Kee volunteers from Sta. Fe and the local barangays. As part of Divine Mercy Chapel, I am willing to continue volunteer work for the Parish projects like this.”