Ambulansyang de paa

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Sunday, October 14, 2012


THERE is nothing more relevant as a controversial issue when we talk about health. As they say, health is wealth. But how would you secure your health if you are living in the countyside away from civilization.

The journey took place in Bansud, Oriental Mindoro, known as the “little Baguio.” Ms. Kara David narrates in one of her documentaries the “ambulansyang de paa” the real situations that she never expects to see and experience. As Ms. Kara reached Bansud, it was a very sad and lonely place. You can see the fear in the eyes of the people, and you can feel the fading hope in their hearts. The place lacks supplies in terms of medication, education and livelihood. Moving forward in seeking for materials given by the local government for the solar panels that will serve as the light to uncover the darkness in Bansud barangay, Ms. Kara was disappointed because they were all stolen, leaving Bansud in the dark again.

In her way, small things start to unfold. Ms. Kara discovers the situation of a man named “Lowel.” He has been suffering from tuberculosis for almost a decade. He did not even visit the hospital for his medical check-up but he was given medicines that his family believes will really cure his disease. When Kara checked these medicines, they are just food supplements and not actually the right medicines for Lowel. The family really wished to let him visit the hospital for his medication. Unfortunately, the road going to the provincial hospital is not that good enough to pass through. Lowel’s family is living in the mountain, and going down is a very hard journey. Luckily, the neighborhood of Lowel has great hearts. They volunteer to carry Lowel to go down to the mountain using the “duyan” or an improvised stretcher. They did not use wheels, but went down barefoot. They walk patiently in the rough and saddle road. Even though they are already tired, Ms. Kara never heard of any complaints from them. Their way of expressing their want to help in terms of urgent cases inspires Ms. Kara David. She witnessed how the Bansud people care for each other. They are willing to sacrifice their time and energy for the sake of the needy. They are just simple people; they don’t live in a civilized province. They don’t have ambulance but their hands and feet are ready to help anytime because of the “ambulansyang de paa.” Jessica Manwi-it

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 15, 2012.

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