COTABATO CITY – Some 1,300 individuals and 8 parishes benefitted from relief operations conducted by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) Disaster Response Team in Sulat, Eastern Samar and selected municipalities of Leyte from December 15 to 19, 2013. Headed by OMI i-Watch director Fr. Eduardo Vasquez Jr., OMI and Bro. Joe Aduana, OMI, director of the Oblate Galilee Farm, the team included among others DOCTOR, several nurses, and two I-Watch artists who provided entertainment during the relief distribution.
The team travelled in four vehicles including an ambulance from Kidapawan City to the areas hit by super typhoon Yolanda bringing food and non-food items donated through the Oblate media. Also included in the assistance provided to the typhoon victims were construction materials, medicines, and medical supplies bought with OMI calamity funds from the Oblate Missionary Foundation.
Among the recipients of the aid were the Leyte Provincial Jail in Palo, the Tacloban City Jail, and 8 parish churches. Four selected families received cash donations, construction materials, and a solar light kit. Several individuals whom the team met along the way to the TARGET mission areas also received relief goods.
Aside from the goods, free medical consultation was provided by Dr. Anacleto Millendez, founding head of the Beautiful Heart Foundation, assisted by three i-Watch volunteer nurses. Around half a million pesos worth of medicines were distributed to the beneficiaries of the medical mission.
In its report on the conduct of the relief operations, the team said that the next phase of the mission should focus on providing livelihood projects to the beneficiaries. The team also suggested that assistance be provided in the repair and rehabilitation of churches in the poorest parishes of Leyte. (AYESHA MAE O. GAYAO)
Dr. Anacleto Millendez, Founder of The Beautiful Heart Foundation, is conducting medical mission in Brgy. Palanog, Tacloban, Leyte. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yebbr0DBKNs&feature=youtu.be
Taken last July 11, 2011 during the Outreach Program of Ang Batang Musmos Movement participated in by Fil-Ams headed by the Secretary-Treasurer of the Future Physicians of America Homestead High School Chapter, Cyril David C. Millendez (2nd from right) and his sister, Kathleen Anne (4th from right) of St. Joseph of Cupertino School, Ayana Mora (3rd from right) and Frank Louise Mirando (1st from right). They assisted in the distribution of vitamins, school supplies and used toys to the poor children at the Sanctuary's CHARM Nature's Park in Matina Pangi, Davao City.