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Friday, June 15, 2012

Philippines: Everyone is a Hero

Philippines: A Country Where Everyone is a Hero

I'm from the land where my bloods were shed so the future generation (to which I belong) could enjoy freedom

I'm from the land where no matter how difficult it is to make both ends meet, we still try to smile to everyone we meet. 

I'm from the land where everyone's a hero. I'm from the Philippines

Friday, May 25, 2012

Biggest Free Surgical Mission in the Philippines 2012 - Operation Smile The Journey Home

Since 1982, through the help of dedicated medical volunteers and generous partners — has provided more than 2 MILLION PATIENT EVALUATIONS and over 200,000 FREE SURGERIES for children and young adults born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities around the world.

As one of the most prominent children’s charities in the world with a presence in over 60 countries, they were able to heal children’s smiles and bring hope for a better future.

On NOVEMBER 8 to DECEMBER 2, 2012, Operation Smile will undertake another milestone as it celebrates its 30th year!

Operation Smile will celebrate with a special homecoming mission to the Philippines to give back to the country that gave birth to what is now a global children’s medical charity organization.  It aims to provide free life medical treatments to at least 6,000 Filipino children and young adults in 24 days through 10 dental and cleft surgical missions sites in various parts of the country, namely, Koronadal City, Cavite, Cebu, Cagayan De Oro, General Santos, Silay City, Manila, Naga and Pampanga.

Aside from  international volunteer from 30 countries who will come to the Philippines to do simultaneous surgical missions in 10 mission sites in our country, Operation Smile Philippines is eyeing for two famous Asian stars  to come here in the Philippines to celebrate with us this coming November, for Operation Smile 30th anniversary.

2012 Program Plan

Minimum Surgical Objective
Area Coverage
Jan 25 – 29
Local Cleft Surgical Mission (Mindoro)
Mindoro Island and Batangas
Mar 2 – 10
International Cleft Surgical Mission (Iloilo)
Panay Island (Iloilo, Capiz, Antique and Aklan) and Negros Occidental
Mar 16 – 23
International Craniofacial Mission (Davao City)
Mar 22-24
NCR Local Cleft Mission (Manila)
NCR, Bulacan, Laguna, Batangas, Cavite
Local Cleft Surgical Mission (La Union)
Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan
Oct 25-31
International Dental and Cleft Surgical Missions (South Cotabato)
5,000 dental
30 cleft
South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat
Nov 8 – 18
(1st Leg)

Nov 23-Dec 1
(2nd Leg)

30th Anniversary Simultaneous Missions
San Fernando, Pampanga
Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac
NCR, Bulacan, Laguna, Rizal
Cavite, Batangas, Mindoro, Palawan, Marinduque
Naga City
Quezon and Bicol Region
Bacolod City
Region VI
(Western Visayas)
Cebu City
Region VII (Central Visayas)
Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)
Cagayan De Oro City
Region IX (Zamboanga Peninsula)
Region X (Northern Mindanao)
Region XIII (Caraga)
General Santos City
Region XII (Socsargen)
Region XI (Davao Region)
Manila Cleft Care Center
Mindanao Cleft Center
15 missions

The Need for Volunteers

Operation Smile Philippines is in need of the following Medical Volunteers! 

Operating Room Nurses
Ward Nurses 
Speech Pathologist
Biomed Technician
Plastic Surgeon
Medical Photographer
Medical Records Specialist

From these areas:

Cagayan De Oro
General Santos
South Cotabato

Benefits of a Medical Volunteers

Qualified / Credentialed Volunteers will be given proper training and receive certification from American Heart Association (AHA) in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Basic Life Support (BLS). You can't find this training just anywhere and Operation Smile will give it to credentialed medical volunteers for FREE, as Operation Smile Philippines is the first organization recognized as a global and mobile international training organization (ITO) of the American Heart Association.

Travel incentives - Operation Smile Philippines was able to send 31 of its volunteers to 10 countries where international missions are held, (China, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Russia, Thailand, East Timor, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Bolivia, Brazil) 

Calling for Non-Medical Volunteers 

During missions, non-medical volunteers assist in patient mobilization, final screening, patient assistance, physical set-up, photo and video documentation and other non-medical tasks that may be required.  

You can join Chatters Care For Kids Inc. as a non-medical volunteer as our objective is to help in future missions of Operation Smile especially on the 30th anniversary in November, so if you are living in these areas,  Pampanga, Manila, Cavite, Naga, Bacolod, Cebu, Cagayan De Oro, General Santos, South Cotabato, Iloilo, Mindoro and Davao , sign up below

Non-Medical Volunteers can include bloggers who can cover the event, photographers and videographers who can document the event, Filmmakers who can make a video for Operation Smile, Masscom students and graduates who can also help in making videos for Operation Smile, Graphic Artists who can make brochures, flyers, posters that will be mass produced by Operation Smile  and anyone who have the kind heart and has a will to help change a child's life. 

Be a Non-Medical Volunteer 

You can become a non-medical volunteer too. Sign up here

Chatters Care For Kids Inc. is doing a Tinapay at Inumin Campaign where Non-Medical Volunteers can bring bakery products , juices or bottled water that we can give to the parents,patients, and volunteers during a mission..This will help cut down Operation Smile expenses so they can buy more medical supplies and do more surgical operations, instead of using their fund to feed the volunteers.

Non-Medical Volunteers can also bring Coloring books and Crayons and play with the patients so they won't worry about their upcoming surgery.

The simplest way to HELP

If you can't be a volunteer or a sponsor, you can help change a life, by just spreading this news in your blog, into your social networking accounts, and by telling them to your friends,

To learn more about Operation Smile Philippines and Chatters Care for Kids, visit the following links:

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Unilab Ideas Positive 2012 Top 12 Teams

Unilab Ideas Positive Ideas Winners

Unilab Ideas Positive is an idea generation and competition-in-one on social marketing initiatives that promote health and wellness in communities. There were a total of 82 entries, 28 finalists, 6 from the VisMin (Visayas and Mindanao) and today, they announced the 12 teams whose projects will receive Php 100,000 seed grants each. 

After a series of live screenings and deliberations all over the country, Unilab Ideas Positive announced the Top 12 teams that will advance to the next phase of the program. These 12 youth teams represent the best ideas and potential of the Filipino youth this year. To make these positive ideas come to positive realities, each of the 12 finalists will get Php100, 000 seed money for the implementation of their projects. 

The Unilab Ideas Positive 2012 Top 12 Teams are:

1. Tamang Teampla of GMA-Quezon City
"60 Piso Tungo sa Pagbabago" focuses on changing the mindset of mothers in Lupang Pangako, Payatas to fight malnutrition through the creation of affordable, nutritional and safe meal recipes.

2. Team BA from Baguio City
"Belat Bulate" is a comprehensive step-wise health program to improve the health of school children in Brgy. Tadiangan, Tuba, Benguet.

3. Team Bang of Cebu
"Catch Rain, We Can" gives the residents of Gitbingil Island, Medellin, Cebu access to potable water by installing a rainwater catchment system using ferro-cemented jars.

4. Team Five for Live of GMA-Quezon City
"Platong Makulay para sa Batang Matibay" leverages on the use of Nutri-Plates as guides for mothers of Brgy. San Vicente, Quezon City in feeding their children.

5. Team FNEC of Bicol
"Sama-sama Tayo Para kay Nanay at Beybi" focuses on the development of health strategies, protocal, materials and resources for the Muslim Maranao Settlers in Daet, Camarines Norte.

6. Green Label of Davao
"Gintong Bukirin para sa Gintong Kinabukasan" will bring to life a mini-farm in Brgy. Tigatto, Buhangin, Davao City, where residents can plant organic crops using Home Bio System Technology.

7. Team Jeytuditusi of Cavite
"Agos Ilog" is a drive to rehabilitate the river of Brgy. Anabu, Imus Cavite through a marketing communications campaign and the use of filtering trap made of bamboo and dayami.

8. Kabataang Katipuneros of Iloilo City
"KKK: Kalusugan at Kalinisan sagot sa Kahirapan" aims to educate the community of Brgy. La Paz, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras about the importance of nutrition through processed vegetable powders, building of livelihood facilities, seminars and trainings.

9. Team Matalaw of Batangas
"Kalampag Para sa Calumpang" is an information and awareness campaign to rehabilitate and savethe river that is of utmost importance to the community of Calumpang.

10. Team Protogenia from Batangas
"Project BRAVE" aims to empower the Badjaos of the Brgy. Malitam, Batangas by mobilizing the residents to be engaged in vermiculture and banig-making, among others.

11. Team Transits of Cebu
"A Bicycle for Water" addresses water scarcity in St. Arnold Jansenn Village, Lapu-Lapu City with the use of a bicycle water-pumping system from deep wells.

12. Team W.A.Y.A of Iloilo
"Tahong for Life" proposes health and livelihood education as well as the construction of an eco-friendly tahong center to eradicate unsanitary and hazardous handling of tahong shells in Brgy. Lacturan, Dumangas, Iloilo.

Unilab Ideas Positive Visayas and Mindanao Finalists

Last May 18th, me and Mary Jane Cabrera of Iloilo Bloggers got a chance to meet the 6 finalists in the Visayas and Mindanao (5 from Iloilo and 1 from Davao). 

Unilab Positive Ideas VisMin Judges

Iloilo Bloggers, Mary Jane Cabrera (left) and Jonha Revesencio (second from the right) together with the Unilab Ideas Positive panel of judges.

Screeners for the VisMin leg are social entrepreneurs Joe Castillo of JoeGreen Recycled Plastic Products and Annie Lim of Anthill Fabric Gallery and Unilab Corporate Affairs Assistant Vice-President Antonio Mapa. 

Unilab Positive Ideas core judges: social marketing consultant Ma. Christine Reyes, former Executive Director of Foundation for Philippine Environment, Dr. Mel Bandalaria, the Dean of UPOU's Faculty of Information and Communication Studies, and Unilab Ideas Positive Program Lead Barry Barrientos. 

Congratulations to the Top 12 Teams! To help the youth turn their ideas into concrete health and wellness programs for their communities, Unilab Ideas Positive provides them with the following:

- 3-day social marketing boot camp, where they learn and understand social marketing approaches from a pool of experts using current and relevant social marketing practices and case studies, and

- a seed money so they can implement their social marketing programs within six months.

Visit the following links for more informaton about Unilab Positive Ideas