Success Story of Children Healthcare Program for Barangay Daculan, Tanza and San Nicolas, Iloilo- A KOICA Funded Project – October 11, 12, 26, 2022
By Dave Andonaque, Correspondent of NISU PIO
and Anthony Samuel, Focal Person, NISU Adopt a Barangay Program
PHILKOFA Vice President for Visayas and Northern Iloilo State University (NISU) President Dr. Bobby Gerardo spearheaded the Children’s Health Care Program Medical and Dental Mission activity at Barangay Daculan, Estancia, Iloilo on October 11, 2022, Barangay Tanza, Estancia, Iloilo on October 12, 2022 and San Nicolas, San Dionisio, Iloilo, on October 26, 2022.
The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Philippine KOICA Fellows Association Inc. (PHILKOFA) and the Office of Extension Services funded the event to provide medical and dental services and feeding programs to families, especially children.
“This event will not be a success without the strong partnerships with KOICA and PHILKOFA, together with our dedicated extensionists from NISU. I hope this project will continue because it is really important to have community engagement to help these children in need of support,” said Dr. Gerardo.
Barangays San Nicolas, Tanza and Daculan are partner barangays of NISU and has recorded children’s malnutrition cases.
“We are really honored with this extension activity of NISU and, at the same time, thankful to the people behind this activity. I didn’t think twice when they proposed this medical mission. With the changing weather and illnesses among children, this will surely help our barangay to address these problems,” Barangay Captain Enrica B. Famoles of San Dionisio expressed.
Among the donated medicines and supplies were antibiotic and antiviral medicine, multivitamins, paracetamol, toothbrushes and toothpaste.
Dr. Veminrose Clariza Samuel, Director of the Office of Extension Services, noted that the program was conceptualized to help the malnourished children in the community as NISU is eyeing holistic development with its partner Barangays.
Meanwhile, two medical officers, Dr. Doane Dumol, Dr. Jose Figura of San Dionisio Rural Health Unit (RHU) and Dr. Greg Rolan Sumiler of Estancia RHU, pharmacists and midwives of the two municipalities were also part of the medical check-ups and assisted in the distribution of vitamins and medicines. Further, Dr. Andre Ravena, NISU university physician, was also present in the three areas.
In an interview, Arlene Padora, one of the parent beneficiaries, shared that medical assistance will help her child become healthy and physically active in school. She also added that the activity is a huge relief for her because the rural health center is far from them, and NISU made it possible to have an accessible check-up and medicine support for her child.
The program concluded with a free lunch for the participants and the giving of RTW clothes.