Christmas gift-A A +A
By Rox Peña
Thursday, December 26, 2013
MABALACAT City got a surprise Christmas gift from the World Medical Relief Inc. (WMR). Mr. George Samson, president and CEO of WMR and adopted son of Mabalacat, announced the donation last Monday, December 23, during the flag raising ceremony at the City hall where he was guest speaker. Mr. Samson surprised everyone, including Mayor Boking Morales, when he disclosed that medical equipment are already on the way to the Philippines. The equipment will be used in the city's birthing stations.
Mr. Samson is in the Philippines for an ocular survey of the situation in Tacloban City and other typhoon hit areas in Visayas. He said their foundation received many donations for the typhoon victims but he put them on hold pending his visit to the country. He flew to Cebu via Clark then made the survey via helicopter.
I told Mr. Samson that there are more than a hundred typhoon survivors who are now staying with their relatives in Mabalacat City. The City Government gave a Christmas party for them last December 23. He said that had he known this beforehand, he could have allotted some of the donated goods to Mabalacat.
After the flag ceremony, we proceeded to the mayor's office where Mr. Samson revealed yet another good news. He said they are now in the process of acquiring pacemakers that will be donated to heart patients in the Philippines. The cities of Mabalacat and Angeles will be recipients of these devices.
WMR is a private not-for-profit organization and operates exclusively for charitable purposes, helping the poor, sick, and elderly on a local, national, and international basis. It was established in 1953. WMR collects and distributes recycled medical and dental equipment, medical supplies, laboratory instruments, and medicines to third world and developing nations around the globe.
The Rafael Lazatin Memorial Medical Center, formerly known as Ospital Ning Angeles, has already received medical equipment from WMR, including 15 dialysis machines that led to the establishment of the Renal Care Unit within the hospital.
Thank you Mr. George Samson for your Christmas gift to Mabalacat City!
Five days from now, we will welcome a new year. Expect air pollution to worsen due to firecrackers and burning of rubber tires. Fumes coming from exploding firecrackers contain a number of harmful substances, like oxides of sulfur, phosphorous, nitrogen, carbon and toxic dusts. Pyrotechnics also contain fine toxic dusts that easily enter the lungs. Hazardous smoke can also lead to dizziness, heart disturbances, asthma attack, and respiratory illnesses like bronchitis, emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, laryngitis and pneumonia, among others.
Have a safe New Year celebration everyone!
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on December 27, 2013.