Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Pangan: There's a hero in all of us

At Close Range

WE PAY homage to our modern-day heroes consisting of healthcare workers and frontliners and overseas Filipino workers who toil tirelessly abroad so that their families will survive the current health crisis.

We honor the men and women who work on "unholy" hours in order to discharge their duties: the firemen, policemen, food delivery riders, couriers and, of course, the medical practitioners.

These people make our lives convenient and comfortable as we honor them with tokens of our collective gratitude.

We sometimes cease to believe that we could become heroes in our own right and place. We do things and acts that befit our being called heroes because we, too, exhibit them for others.

Truly, we can become heroes by sacrificing some time and resources in order to help alleviate the misery of others. We think of them as an extension of ourselves. Here, what matters is the selfless thought of extending assistance without expecting any reward or compensation.


I had my first jab of Sinovac vaccine on September 2, 2021, at Phase 2 covered court, Barangay Camachiles headed by Barangay Chairman Edgar Gacia and this through the courtesy of Barangay Chairman Danilo de Leon, who gave me a piece of paper (through HOA BOD Lina Ambat Rodriguez) that authorized me to go to Barangay Camachiles to get my first shot of the vaccine.

At the gate, volunteers greeted people (seniors and persons with disabilities) with a smile and solicitousness and ushered them in for two groups -- those aged 18 to 59 without maintenance medication and seniors with maintenance medication and comorbidities.

I was attended to by a medical team composed of Cristina Garbo, Chona Tolentino, Lucia Jose, Rosal Pangilinan, Emilie Layug, Garlin Garbo, Gina Santos and others whose names I was not able to jot down.

Kagawad Percival "Val" dela Pena and Fidel dela Pena spoke before the vaccination came at a little past 9 a.m. It was led by Dr. John Francis Reboja, who finally took my blood pressure (BP) reading, after three attempts.

According to Fidel, this was a pilot project of City Mayor Crisostomo C. Garbo and the first of its model in Mabalacat City and in the province of Pampanga. To the credit of the organizers, the inoculation program went on swiftly and smoothly.

Other barangays in the city would follow suit, this according to Kagawad Val, who was tasked to lead the program at Barangay Camachiles: Barangays Duquit, Mawaque, and Northville in Atlu Bola, all getting briefed and oriented by the Barangay Camachiles inoculation team. To Kagawad Val, Fidel and the medical team, thanks!


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