Held at the Aguilar Sports Complex at the Pilar Village in Las Piñas City, married brethren, or Buklod members, spearheaded the outreach event dubbed “Buklod Cares.” With the help of the officers in the Christian Medical Dental and Paramedical Society (CMDPS), the said activity aimed to provide free medical and dental check-ups, medicines, dentures, as well as free grooming services such as facial treatment, haircut, manicure, pedicure, among others.
“As a medical doctor, I’ve wanted to help others as not only it’s my profession, but most importantly, it’s my duty before God,” said Ruby Andoque, a Buklod officer in the Local Congregation of Almanza. “Through these outreach activities, I’m able to use my knowledge in giving diagnosis and the proper medications as we promote good health to all.”
Michelle Apolonio, a CMDPS officer from the same congregation, stated, “I volunteered for this event because I want to be of help to others especially our brethren and even friends and fellowmen, who are nonmembers of the Church, so they can avail the services that we offer.”
Among those who benefited was Gerlie Delgado, a resident of Las Piñas City. She expressed, “I thank the Iglesia Ni Cristo for the immediate help they gave to me. I availed the free dentures, which is truly helpful, because I’m currently looking for a job.”
Simultaneously, a blood donation drive was held at the Multi-purpose Hall of the same village. It was spearheaded by Society of Communicators and Networkers (SCAN) International officers. The said humanitarian endeavor was conducted in collaboration with the Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital and Sanitarium, which was also the recipient of this event’s cause.
“I was excited and glad to be part of this activity. So, before going to the event, I conditioned myself on that day and even the night before it. I also made sure to have enough sleep and took proper meals,” said Aaron Daniel Tama, SCAN officer in CAA Congregation.
Joana Marie Luna, a registered medical technologist and one of the representatives of the said hospital, expressed, “On behalf of the hospital, I thank all the Church members who went here and donated. Your help will truly benefit many people especially our patients.”
There was a total of 66 bags collected from donors who all underwent health screening.
As a first-time donor, Eranio Jay Cale, SCAN officer from the Congregation of Golden Acres, shared that participating in the said blood donation drive will not be his last. “Although I was anxious at first, I’d still be more than willing to do it again in the future. For I know that such worthwhile activity is beneficial to others. Thanks to the Church Administration for having this kind of event,” he said. — With reports from Angel Sombrero, Bianca Czailyn Caraig, and Jhoy Castillo of INC News Section