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Screening for free eye surgery under a medical team led by Dr. Hugh Parsons from Canada, is ongoing at the Eye Center of the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Bacolod City.

Dr. Francis Elumba of the Eye Center said screening of candidates for surgery and treatment of other eye problems for the Parsons’ mission is ongoing from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

The team will conduct its medical mission at the CLMMRH from February 13 to 17.

Ted and Ann Britanico, friends of Parsons, and Vicky Rodriguez who are coordinating the visit of the Canadian team, met with local doctors, Bacolod First Lady Elsa Leonardia, members of the Sampaguita Lions Club and local volunteers yesterday.

Ted Britanico said Parsons and about five other doctors and nurses will compose the 13-member team that is arriving.

Parsons, who is married to Filipina doctor, Tina Aquino, used to conduct medical missions in China and Vietnam and Britanico said he convinced him to also conduct them in the Philippines.

Parsons’ team has since conducted nine medical missions in the Philippines, the latest of which was in Negros Oriental last year, he said.

They treat anything that concerns the eyes, from simple to complex surgery, and are dedicated to helping save the eyesight of their indigent patients, Britanico added.

Parson is an ophthalmologist and also a retina specialist, Britanico said.

Last year Parson’s team brought almost two tons of medicines and equipment, which they gave to Negros Oriental after their mission, he said, adding that the members of the team not only offer their services free and also pay for their own airfare and accommodations.

Elumba said that, after the Parsons team, the Urban Angels Cataract Mission will also be at the CLMMRH February 20-25 and members of the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital on March 5 to 9.*

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Applications now accepted

Pediatric charity patients who need surgery for burns, correctable orthopedic conditions and cranio-facial defects may now apply with the Philippine Airlines Foundation, a press release from PAL said.

Applicants must submit their clinical abstract with the doctor's surgery recommendation; clear and detailed photos of the child's condition; local government unit social case study about the patient and the family; and patient's complete home address and parents' cell phone numbers.

Inquiries may be made by calling Ma. Carmen Aquino Sarmiento, executive director, PAL foundation, at (632) 851-2980; (632) 855-8000 x 2563; Fax: (632) 852-6096, or through her address at Gate 1, PAL Maintenance Base Complex, Andrews Avenue, Nichols, Pasay City 1309, the press release added.*

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LGU’s identified

The Kapit-bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services or better known as KALAHI-CIDSS has arrived in the province of Negros Oriental, a press release from the Department of Social Welfare and Development said.

Eleven municipalities with a poverty incidence of at least 33 percent from NegOr’s three district have been identified, namely Ayungon, Bindoy, Jimalalud, Mabinay, Manjuyod, Vallehermoso, Basay, Pamplona, Dauin, Sta. Catalina, Zamboanguita.

The program aims to empower the people to identify the needs of their communities, participate in its implementation and develop strategies to sustain the gains and lessons learned in participatory development and good local governance.

Regional Director, Ma. Evelyn Macapobre, of DSWD’s said “In Central Visayas alone, KALAHI-CIDSS has covered 349 barangays in 14 municipalities in the provinces of Bohol and Siquijor.”

She was quick to add that “it has served approximately 80,000 households through 454 subprojects amounting to about P350 million” in its first implementation in Bohol and Siquijor, the press release said.

The program design is collaboration between the community and the local government, therefore a counter-parting scheme needs to be established and understood for the implementation to commence.

Infrastructure facilities coommonly considered were farm-to-market roads, school buildings, potable waterworks systems, electrification, and day care centers are just concrete results of all the community efforts, hard work and transparency, the press release added.*

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Open-air painting held

A group of artists held their open-air painting sessions to highlight the celebration of the Chinese New Year recently, at The Ruins, in Talisay City, Negros Occidental.

Rommel Clavecillas, one of the painters, said they chose The Ruins as their subject because this session was a transitory phase for them to visit and paint various Spanish-styled ancestral houses in Negros Occidental.

Negrense artists who joined him in the open-air painting sessions were Maui Palacios, Orville Visitacion, and Charlie and Leah Samson.*LTG

Artists at their open-air painting session.*

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