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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


Ocular inspection of the City of Tacloban after the super typhoon Yolanda. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLtb5DhFKjs
Dr. Anacleto Millendez, Founder of The Beautiful Heart Foundation, conducted outreach program to the poor patients affected by the super typhoon Yolanda Leyte Provincial Jail

Dr. Millendez donates medicines for the second time

Written by Rene Estremera on . Posted in News - Donations

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Alumnus Dr. Anacleto B. Millendez, a MEDICAL DOCTOR based in the USA, revisited UP Mindanao on September 2, 2013 to donate medicines, for the second time, to the University Infirmary. He was received by Vice Chancellor for Administration Antonio Obsioma, Dept. of Food Science and Chemistry Chairperson Virginia Obsioma, and University Nurses Rowena Uganap and Maria Concetta Mascardo. According to Dr. Millendez, donors in the USA have supplied him with medicines which he, in turn, donates to institutions and uses in medical missions of his Foundation in the Philippines. In  return, he said he only needed a simple report in some future date as to the usage of the medicines for him to relay to his donors. The donation were composed of Antihistamine, Famotidine, Atenolol, Ciprofloxacin, Clarythromycin, Lidocaine, Hydrocortisone, Augmentin, Doxycycline, Naproxene, Nitrofuranton, Loperamide, Chloroquine phosphate, and Promethazine Hcl. Dr. Millendez, who was an officer of the UP Alumni Association Davao during his brief stay in 2008, re-kindled his acquaintance with UP Mindanao with a visit to the COLLEGE OF Science and Mathematics where he met Dean Annabelle Novero. During his tour of the CSM and its biotechnology facilities, Dr. Millendez brought up the possibility of applying for a research grant which he had discovered in a US agency which is available and awaiting applicants.

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

Heart-Operated Individuals Give Free ECG/Heart Check to Poor People in QC

                 Two non-government organizations ran and supported by people living on their “bonus lives” following their heart operations last Tuesday held a medical mission giving free ECG (electrocardiogram) tests and heart medicines to people suspected to have a heart problems in a slum area in Quezon City.

                The Beautiful Heart Foundation, Inc. (www.beautifulheart.net) and the Kristiyano-Islam Peace Library (www.krislibrary.com) founded by Dr. Anacleto B. Millendez and former reporter Armand Dean Nocum, respectively, gave free ECG, diabetes check and free clinic to about a hundred old people and children living in a slum area in Barangay Holy Spirit, Quezon City.

                “We see no better way of starting the celebration of the World Heart Month than by joining up with the Kris Peace Library literacy advocacy group to give the gift of a good heart to poor people who are virtual walking time-bombs, like what me and Mr. Nocum were before our successful heart operations,” said US-based Dr. Millendez.

                But Dr. Millendez explained that as US citizen, he was lucky because due to the good health care program, he only paid US $5 (P214.5) in his second angioplasty. The usually expensive procedure involves the surgical repair of a blood vessel by inserting a balloon-tipped catheter to unblock it and theplacement of micro wire mesh called stents to keep it open.  

                “Unfortunately, here in the Philippines people just drop dead from heart attack because they are too poor to have their hearts checked. When they do get to know their conditions and they are unable to raise the up to a million of funds needed for an angioplasty or bypass operation, they are just told to go home and live their final days well with family and friends,” said Nocum, who underwent an angioplasty operation to unblock five heart veins which were 99 percent closed at the Saint Luke’s Medical Center in 2010.

                Still, Nocum – a public relations executive and a car dealer – said he too counts himself lucky for the early diagnose of the disease and for having the means for the operation. Both Nocum and Dr. Millendez said they have embarked on their respective advocacies partly to thank God for their “bonus lives.”

        "My heart may stop beating one day but the beautiful heart will live forever in men and women like you," Dr. Millendez wrote in his website.

                Last Wednesday, Dr. Millendez brought his portable ECG machine to the Kris Library headquarters located at a slum area in Barangay Holy Spirit, one of Quezon City’s poorest barangays, to check on the condition of the poor people there. Those found with cardiac abnormalities were given medicines and advised to undertake further blood and cholesterol test; and to change their lifestyle so as not to worsen their heart conditions.

                Dr. Millendez also expressed alarm that a big number of people at the barangay are suffering from diabetes which may also affect their hearts, liver and lead to their deaths. Many children were also found to be malnourished. He noted that as in the US, heart disease and diabetes are top killer diseases here.

                Dr. Millendez was assisted by colleagues Dr. Susana Caseria, Dr. Vilma Ramos and Kris co-founder Annora Sahi Nocum, who is a nurse. All the three doctors promised to hold similar activities in different parts of the country soon.
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The Beautiful Heart Foundation will conduct medical missions in depressed communities in the Philippines on May 2-27, 2019.

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