Teachers and non-teaching staff of 76 schools were assisted by MDFI with various protective items against COVID-19 in response to their request of support of their Brigada Eskwela initiatives. Face masks, face shields, vitamin C were provided, as well as some hygiene items for schoolchildren.
In response to the fight against Covid-19, MDFI has reached out to various communities, local government units, and healthcare institutions in a massive campaign to assist affected families and healthcare workers. Direct deployment of resources or partnerships with Caritas Manila and Philippine Business for Social Progress have assured that food, hygiene packs, medicines especially vitamin C, and personal protective equipment are provided to those who are most in need.
Sitio Sampaloc in Brgy. Tandang Kutyo, Tanay Rizal, officially receives a potable water system through MDFI's Operation Pa-Tubig program during the turnover ceremony today. The Level 2 potable water system, which includes a water reservoir and 15 tap stands, will provide clean and safe water for at least 150 households who have had no access to clean safe water for more than 50 years. The only access was a spring, located around one kilometer away on a hilly terrain. With the installation, the time spent and burden in fetching water from the spring will be eliminated, easing up the lives of the residents. MDFI is assisted by partners Philippine Business for Social Progress and the local government unit of Tanay Rizal in the implementation of the program.
MDFI turns over today a potable water system to Brgy. Pakiing, Mulanay, Quezon, through its Operation Pa-Tubig program with the help of Philippine Business for Social Progress. Around 300 households will benefit from the program which will extend to the nearby Pakiing Elementary School, benefiting 300 students as well, through the support and commitment of the barangay and local government officials. An organized community water association will manage the water system to ensure its sustainability.
In its continuing advocacy to raise awareness about non-communicable diseases (NCD), MDFI levelled up with a fun run at the parking area of the Enchanted Kingdom in Sta. Rosa City, Laguna in the early morning hours of Saturday, 30 November. With close to 3,000 registrants, the NCD-awareness activity engaged the participants in 3K- and 6K-runs after a rousing stretching exercise led by Michael David (courtesy of Citibank), who also got the participants to cool down with a series of Zumba moves after the run.
Health treats and services promoting NCD prevention and management awaited the runners compliments of MDFI partners (ATC Healthcare, Bayer Consumer., BellKenz Pharma, Bevi Beauty Elements, Colgate Palmolive, Emibil International, Froneri, Galderma, Getz Bros., Gold River Management, GX International, Health Wellness Lifestyle, Hisamitsu, IMDS Supply Chain Solutions, Inova Pharmaceuticals, IPI, Johnson & Johnson, Leo Pharma, Manila Nature's Link, Macropharma, Maryland Distributors, McGraw Pharma, Metrodrug, MundiPharma, Mylan, Nestle, Otsuka Pharmaceutical, Pascual Consumer Healthcare, Philusa, Procter & Gamble, Reckitt Benckiser, Remed Pharmaceuticals, Ritemed, San Miguel Purefoods, Sanofi Aventis, Symply G, Splash, Terramedic, Unilever, Vida Nutriscience, and Zuellig Pharma). In addition, participants and their companions got 20% discounts on Enchanted Kingdom for the day and Citibank gave out P100 Mercury Drug Gift Certificates for every sign-up of a Mercury Drug Citi Card. The enthusiastic and all-out support of MDFI partners made the fun run a success.
MDFI’s Sagip Talento program honoured 17 gifted children and youth in support of the Philippine Center for Gifted Education’s (PCGE) biennial search for Mga Bagong Rizal – Pag-asa ng Bayan.
This year’s awardees include Danielle Ajoc, Shekinah Espina, John Estillore of Agusan del Norte; Abigail Bagabaldo of Quezon City; Ian Casapao of Batangas; Kizziah Claveria of Pangasinan; Suwaidi Ebrahim of Maguindanao; Emmanuel Enriquez of Bataan; Mark Fernandez of Isabela; Robert Leung of Baguio City; Icyl Lucero of Sultan Kudarat; Michael Morales of Albay; Marybeth Sato of Cebu; Adrian Serapio of San Juan City; Euclid Soringa of Surigao del Norte; Sophia Tunguia of Iloilo City; and Rochelle Valdez of Bulacan.
By giving them recognition, MDFI hopes to motivate them to serve the country as they pledge to follow in the footsteps of our national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal, in espousing his principles of love for God, love for country, integrity, valor, and excellence in creating impact in their respective fields.
A two-day leadership seminar preceded the awarding ceremony.
Over 200 residents of Mandaluyong City availed of the free health services provided by MDFI through its Bantay Kalusugan-Alamin at Sugpuin program. Held at the Office of the Senior Citizens' Affairs, the activity started with a lecture on non-communicable diseases (NCD), followed by free screening for blood pressure, random blood sugar, and cholesterol. The residents also benefitted from the free medical consultations and medicines for NCD.
The all-out support of partners – DSWD, the local government of Mandaluyong City, Colgate Palmolive, Nestle, Philusa and Torrent Pharma – made the activity a success.
MDFI conducted another Smart Parenting activity to teach women about responsible parenthood, childcare, women’s health and hygiene. Done in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Commission on Population, the local government of Manila and MDFI partners Colgate Palmolive, Medical Center Trading, Philusa, Unilab and Unilever, the activity benefited some 140 women of reproductive age.
Held at the Cecilio Apostol Elementary School in Manila, the activity also provided free screening for blood sugar, blood pressure and bone density, as well as free counseling on family planning and other services related to reproductive health.
MDFI adds a new dimension to its programs through the Tibayanihan Upcycling Project. A joint project with Nestle Philippines and the Department of Education, the project recycles Bear Brand foil packs into Tibay chairs that will be donated to classrooms in dire need of chairs.
The turnover activity at Bacood Elementary School symbolizes the concerted efforts and commitment of all stakeholders to provide a more conducive environment for public school learners. Altogether, MDFI is sponsoring 500 chairs in this collaborative project.
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