Of compassion and achievements

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By Noel G. Tulabut

My Palm Notes

Tuesday, February 18, 2014


OUR good friend George Samson, a friend of countless leaders in the Philippines (as well as other state leaders all over the world) was in town last December until early January.

Koyang George, as I call him, was actually home for the holidays. It was a vacation, a leisure trip to his homeland from a backbreaking yet fulfilling advocacy job and charity work in Detroit, Michigan. Needless to say, it was a vacation.

Or so we thought. It did not turn out that way as the man – with his golden heart, compassion, and burden for our needy countrymen – just could not take his mind and hands off those who need medical attention.

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The president of World Medical Relief, Inc. (WMRI) had to drop some of his leisure times during his vacation days and spend them instead on his usual charity work of finding out and handing out more medicines, medical equipment and instruments.

One of the things he did was to hand over medicines and medical supplies to Sister Eloisa Olga David, a Kapampangan nun who is based in Tacloban City which we all know was hard hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda.

Koyang George and his beautiful wide Sheila were actually to fly to Tacloban but their flight was cancelled at the last minute due to bad weather. They instead turned over the boxes of medicines for Yolanda survivors at NAIA terminal.

During his stay, he also had to deal with several LGU heads who sought an audience with him. Two of them were Magalang Mayor Romy Pecson who is seeking WMRI’s help in equipping the Balitucan District Hospital, and Mabalacat City Mayor Marino Morales.

The good mayor from Magalang town was not turned away but instead got WMRI’s approval. Soon, a 40-foot container will be arriving with hospital beds, wheelchairs, surgical instruments, medicines and the like for the district hospital in Magalang.

Koyang George, a nominee for Ten Outstanding Filipino Award two years ago, has to make it clear that it’s only the equipment that are free.
Shipping costs are shouldered by requesting office. WMRI does not have such funds even if its officials want to give out on a purely gratis et amore basis. Besides, requesting units have to have some form of equity or the equipment and medicines would appear like dole-outs.

Mayor Morales, on the one hand, had to be accommodated by Koyang George as he sought more surgical instruments and equipment too for six birthing stations which his administration had put up in the last three years.

So, who spends vacation working? There are but few out there who do that. There are but a few who has compassion for many over personal pleasure. One of them is a kind-hearted fellow – Koyang George.

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Angeles University Foundation (AUF) continues to rake in more recognition and achievements.

Two of its graduates bagged the first and fifth places in the February 2014 Physical Therapy Licensure Examination, it was announced by AUF President Atty. Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles. AUF also registered the highest pass rate among PT schools in Central Luzon according to records of the Professional Regulation Commission.

BS Physical Therapy 2013 graduates Roman M. Dizon and Maureen M. Garcia, ranked 1st and 5th, respectively, in the recent board exams bringing to 23 the total topnotchers of the AUF College of Allied Medical Professions which opened in 1990.

The other new Physical Therapists are: Bener Calma, Ma. Emily Jennifer Culala, Ralph Warren Lubrico, Jermie Joanne Mara, Maria Therese Celine Montoya, Robin Tiffany Newkirk, Raquel Anne Raquidan, and Fritz Gerald Yumul.
Previous to this, AUF also chalked up significant achievements with top ratings in licensure exams in Medicine which posted a whopping 100% passing rate in August 2013.

School of Law which is known to have stellar faculty with retired justices, registered the highest passing rate in the country based on the October 2012 bar exams.

The College of Allied Medical Professions (CAMP) ranked number six nationwide with its 96.47 percent passing rate. The MedTech board also had 4th and 6th placers from AUF in August 2013 licensure exams. For Physical Therapy (PT), AUF also had the highest passing rate in Central Luzon, for schools with more than 10 examinees, in February 2013 PT board exams.

The School of Medicine posted a whopping 100 percent passing rate in August 2013. College of Business and Accountancy (CBA) - highest passing rate in Central Luzon, in May 2013 Accountancy board exams.

The College of Criminal Justice Education - was top four nationwide, 87.69 percent passing rate, in October 2013 Criminology board exams.

The College of Engineering and Architecture - ranked number one among private universities in Central Luzon, in May and October 2013 Civil Engineering board exams and April 2013 Electronics Engineering board exams

The College of Education - ranked number one among private universities in Central Luzon, in October 2013 BSEd board exams. It also has five students who are now scholars for Masters in Chinese language teaching at Fujian Normal University

The College of Nursing which has produced a lot of the most successful (if not highest paid) nurses in North America, the Middle East and other parts of the globe ranked number one in Central Luzon, 93.71 percent passing rate, 11 in top 20, in June 2013 Nursing board exams.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on February 19, 2014.

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