News & Updates

Potable Water for Ocampo, Camarines Sur
7 December 2018
The Pinit tribal community of Brgy. Ocampo in Camarines Sur received today their own potable water system from MDFI through its Operation Pa-Tubig program, in partnership with Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP). Around 120 households of Agtas, a group of indigenous people, will benefit from the water system. These households used to rely on unprotected water wells for their daily water needs, with women and children relied upon to fetch the water. With 15 tap stands installed strategically within their barangay, the households can now conveniently access clean water anytime and the women and children can concentrate on household and school activities. PBSP, the Pinit tribal council and Ocampo LGU assisted in the turnover of the water system.
OPT Turnover in Maramag, Bukidnon
28 November 2018
MDFI turned over today to Lumad residents of Brgy. Dologon in Maramag, Bukidnon their own potable water system. MDFI and Philippine Business for Social Progress led the turnover ceremony, assisted by the local government unit and tribal leaders of Man-ahoy. Prior to the turnover, the tribe performed a ritual called “Panandig Hu Kaulo Wahig,” which translates to “permission to use the water source,” at the same time asking for forgiveness because of the harm they may have inflicted Mother Nature in constructing the water system. A tree planting activity preceded the turnover as part of the tribal rituals of thanksgiving and show of efforts and commitment to nurture the natural resources. The Lumad youth participated by performing a dance during the turnover. The Level 2 water system will benefit over 50 households, expected to be joined by more nomad families who have expressed the intent to permanently stay in the community, now that there is a stable supply of clean water.
MDFI Turns over Potable Water System in Buhisan, Cebu City
19 November 2018
Barangay Buhisan, Cebu City receives today a water system that will provide at least 160 households with safe potable water. Installed with the help of Philippine Business for Social Progress and the local government unit, the MDFI-funded water system will enable the benefited households to uplift their lives, prevent water-borne diseases and promote proper hygiene. The beneficiaries said that they will also be able to save money for other household concerns as they will not pay for water by container anymore. Kabyawan Farmers Association will take the lead in managing the water system.
MDFI Brings WNCD Awareness to Cebu City
18 November 2018
Cebu City experienced MDFI’s Walk for Non-Communicable Diseases (WNCD) Awareness program with more than 1,400 participating in the early morning activities on November 18, Sunday. A zestful warm-up round of stretching exercises and Zumba sequence by Gold’s Gym fitness instructors got the participants all geared up for the 3-km walk. With family members tagging along, the walkers quickly made their way back to the activity area where healthy treats and fun activities awaited, courtesy of MDFI partners Alaska Milk, A. Menarini, ATC Healthcare, Bayer Consumer Health, Bellkenz, Bevi Beauty, Calmoseptine, Froneri, Galderma, GX International, Hisamitsu, IPI, Jelma, Johnson & Johnson, Leo Pharma, Merck Consumer Health Care, MundiPharma, Mylan, Nestle, Otsuka, Pharmarex, Philusa, Procter & Gamble, Prosel, San Miguel Purefoods, Sanofi Aventis, Splash, Unilab, Unilever, URC, Vida NutriScience and Wert.

WNCD is a signature activity of MDFI’s Bantay Kalusugan program, which seeks to help prevent and stop non-communicable diseases.
Over 2,000 Joined WNCD Awareness in Baguio City
11 November 2018
MDFI’s Walk for Non-Communicable Diseases (WNCD) Awareness held in Baguio City engaged more than 2,000 registered enthusiasts. Hundreds of family members tagged along, making the walk a happy and cool experience for everyone. After warm-up exercises, the fun walkers took the Burnham Park to Baguio General Hospital route and back to the park, where activity and product booths awaited the finishers.

A signature activity of MDFI’s Bantay Kalusugan program, WNCD promotes walking as a simple but effective way to prevent and stop NCD. Alaska Milk, ATC Healthcare, Bayer Consumer Health, Bellkenz, Bevi Beauty, Calmoseptine, Froneri, Galderma, GX International, Health Wellness Lifestyle, Hisamitsu, Inova, IPI, Jelma, Johnson & Johnson, Leo Pharma, Merck Consumer Health Care, MundiPharma, Mylan, Nestle, Otsuka, Pascual Consumer Healthcare, Pharmarex, Philusa, Procter & Gamble, Prosel, Remed, San Miguel Purefoods, Sanofi Aventis, Splash, Symply G, Unilab, Unilever, URC and Vida NutriScience joined hands with MDFI to make the fun walk successful.
3,689 Served in OBL Outreach
8 November 2018
San Juan City, San Pedro City and Sta. Maria, Bulacan were the recent beneficiaries of MDFI’s Operation Bigay Lunas. From 7:00 am to 3:00 pm, constituents of the three sites were provided with free medical consultations and medicines. Random blood sugar screening and sampling of healthcare products were also made available. Joining hands with MDFI to make the outreach successful were the respective LGUs, volunteer healthcare professionals, Century Tuna, Johnson & Johnson, Hisamitsu, Mead Johnson, Nestle, Pascual, Procter & Gamble, Rhea Generics and Unilever.
MDFI Supports Safe Motherhood Caravan
26 October 2018
MDFI partnered with Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) in realizing one Safe Motherhood Caravan in Brgy. 228, District II of Manila. Dubbed as Babae: Malusog.Ligtas.Handa, the caravan educated 215 women of reproductive age on pre- and post-natal care, responsible parenthood, danger signs of pregnancy, self-care, nutrition, breastfeeding, family planning and savings for health. HIV testing and vital signs taking were also conducted. The Safe Motherhood Caravan aims to contribute to the decrease in maternal and infant mortality and increase the number of women of reproductive age educated on life-saving information relative to safe pregnancy.
MDFI Provides Water System in Aporawan, Aborlan, Palawan
12 October 2018
MDFI turns over today to Barangay Aporawan, in Aborlan, Palawan, a water system that will provide them with safe potable water. The water system will benefit 240 households and more than 300 students of Aporawan National High School. Made possible in partnership with Philippine Business for Social Progress, the local government unit and barangay cooperative, the MDFI-funded water system will see through the upliftment of the quality of life of the beneficiaries through prevention of water-borne diseases and promotion of proper hygiene, as well as ensure the safety of women and children who used to fetch water for their households.
OBL Serves 5,078 in 3 Communities
4 October 2018
MDFI brought OBL to Pasig City, Puerto Princesa City and Ozamiz City in an outreach that provided free medicines, medical consultations, random blood sugar screening and healthcare products sampling to 5,078 constituents of the three cities. Volunteers from the LGUs, healthcare professions and Mercury Drug joined hands with MDFI and sponsors (J&J, Hisamitsu, Mead Johnson, Medical Center Trading, Nestle, Rhea Generics and Unilever) to make the outreach a success.
KidSigla Launched in Three Schools
28 September 2018
One hundred twenty-seven (127) malnourished children of Hulo Elementary School in Pililla, Rizal (60); Tagaran Elementary School in Tagaran, Cauayan City, Isabela (32); and Bagbaguin Elementary School in Meycauayan City, Bulacan (35) were included in the KidSigla feeding program, in partnership with the Department of Education and Kabisig ng Kalahi. By eliminating some of the most prevalent reasons for poor learning capacity and perennial dropping out of school, the KidSigla feeding program will enable the children to overcome poor health, malnutrition and hunger and help them focus on their studies. Each child will be provided with nutritional meals during school days and will be monitored regularly over a six-month period until March 2018.
MDFI Brings Joy to Anawim
18 September 2018
MDFI visited Anawim today to conduct free health screening services to its elderly residents. Blood pressure was taken, random blood sugar tests were done, and x-rays were conducted by MDFI partner, Medical Center Trading Corp. Aside from the free medical screening, MDFI also turned over to Anawim Center Director, Carlos Dimson, its donation of 15 wheelchairs for the use of the residents and a grant of P50,000 every month for five months to cover the medicine needs of the residents.
OBL Goes to Trece Martires City
13 September 2018
More than 1,400 Trece Martires City residents received today free medical consultations and medicines in MDFI’s OBL outreach. Healthcare professionals from the LGU and private sector, as well as volunteers from Mercury Drug and the LGU, joined hands with MDFI to make the outreach a success. MDFI partners J&J provided free random blood sugar screening, while Glorious Industrial, Hisamitsu, J&J, Mead Johnson, Philusa and Unilever provided various product samples.
3,701 Served in OBL Outreach
6 September 2018
OBL continues to reach out to more people as it brings free medical consultations and medicines to Marikina City and Rodriguez, Rizal. With the assistance of 48 doctors from both the LGUs and private sector, and 148 volunteers from Mercury Drug and the LGUs, the outreach was able to serve 1,907 in Marikina City and 1,794 in Rodriguez, Rizal. Aside from free medical consultations and medicines, the beneficiaries also received free random blood sugar screening, hygiene demonstrations and various product samples from MDFI partners (Hisamitsu, J&J, Mead Johnson, Nestle, Philusa and Unilever).
OBL Serves 7,059 in 5 Communities
15 August 2018
MDFI brought OBL to Quezon City, Antipolo City, Imus City, Cagayan de Oro City and San Pablo City in an outreach dedicated to the memory of its founder, Dr. Mariano Que. More than 7,000 residents of the selected communities were provided with free medicines, medical consultations and various healthcare services. Volunteers from the LGUs, healthcare professions and Mercury Drug joined hands with MDFI and sponsors (Philusa, J&J, P&G, Hisamitsu, Mead Johnson, Nestle and Unilever) to make the outreach a success.
6,765 Families Provided Monsoon Relief Assistance
15 August 2018
MDFI reached out to 6,765 families affected by the July-August monsoon rains in Marikina City, Cavite, Pangasinan, Bataan, Occidental Mindoro, Tarlac, Cotabato, Bulacan and Rizal, by providing the much-needed medicines for cold, fever, cough, diarrhea and skin infections. The relief assistance packages were turned over to the respective government units for distribution to the affected families. Photo shows the office of the Governor of Occidental Mindoro receiving the relief packages.
KidSigla Launched in Lucban, Quezon
14 August 2018
Thirty-one malnourished school children of Lucban Elementary School-2 in Quezon were included in MDFI’s KidSigla six-month feeding program, in partnership with the Department of Education and Kabisig ng Kalahi. The children will be monitored over a six-month period until March 2019.
20 New Pharmacy Scholarships Awarded
31 July 2018
Twenty deserving but financially-challenged pharmacy students of Centro Escolar University Manila, Our Lady of Fatima University, University of the Immaculate Conception, University of San Agustin, University of Perpertual Help System Biñan, University of Perpetual Help System Las Piñas City and Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation, including one dependent of an AFP soldier, were awarded scholarships for school year 2018-2019. Photo shows the scholars from Metro Manila schools and their parents at the confirmation and signing of their grants.
BK Screens 281 at Pasay City
28 July 2018
The latest BK-Alamin at Sugpuin activity, held at Andres Bonifacio Elementary School in Pasay City, was able to identify 149 potential cases of NCD out of the total 281 people screened. Thirty-four were identified as potential cases of diabetes, 45 as potential cases of hypertension and 70 as potential cases of obesity. All cases went through medical assessments and consultations to help them manage their conditions and prevent development into full-blown cases. An educational lay forum further oriented the people on NCD prevention and on healthy lifestyle ways. Pharmaceutical-healthcare partners (J&J, Nestle, Philusa, P&G and Torrent Pharmaceuticals) joined hands with MDFI by providing starter doses of relevant medicines, medical services, screening kits, product samples, give-aways and resource persons.
OBL Treats 6,330 in 4 Communities
5 July 2018
July was OBL month in Dagupan City, Parañaque City, Bocaue and Surigao City. With the strong support of the LGUs, volunteer doctors, nurses, midwives and Mercury Drug employees, 6,330 constituents were altogether served with free medical consultations and medicines; as well as various product samples and services provided by MDFI partners (J&J, MCTC, Mead Johnson, P&G, Philusa, Unilever, Century Pacific).
4,990 Served at 3 OBL outreaches
4 June 2018
OBL free clinics were held today at Caloocan City, Pateros and Biñan City. Altogether, 4,990 constituents were served with free consultations, medicines and various services provided by MDFI partners (Mead Johnson, P&G, Philusa, Summit and Unilever). The strong support of the LGUs, volunteer doctors, nurses, midwives, Mercury Drug employees and MDFI partners contributed to the successful outcome of the medical outreach.
Bantay Kalusugan at Marikina City
27 April 2018
Residents of Brgy. Barangka, Marikina City were the latest beneficiaries of Bantay Kalusugan-Alamin at Sugpuin free health screening services. Held at Barangka Elementary School, the activity screened 204 people and identified 66 as potential cases of obesity, 35 as potential cases of hypertension and 21 as potential cases of diabetes. All participants went through medical and nutritional counseling. Philusa facilitated an educational lecture on diabetes and hypertension as part of MDFI’s campaign on NCD awareness. Full support was provided by pharmaceutical-healthcare partners (Philusa, Unilab, Procter & Gamble, J&J Medical, Pascual, Nestle) who assisted with screening kits, medical services, medicines and product samples. Procter & Gamble conducted a proper handwashing demo to complement the healthy lifestyle campaign.
KidSigla Culminates Feeding Program in Marikina City
20 April 2018
KidSigla wraps up the feeding program in Marikina City with a culmination activity attended by MDFI, Kabisig ng Kalahi, DSWD and the Marikina City government unit. The 57 underweight and three severely underweight children included in the program all recorded normal weight after six months’ feeding. Forty-three immediately moved to normal weight after two months; the rest moved to normal weight after four months.
MDFI Renews Donation to AFP
20 March 2018
Mercury Drug Foundation renews its pledge to donate P20 million worth of medicines and medical supplies to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). This is the second year of Operation Bigay Lunas – Libreng Gamot para sa Kawal, to ensure that soldiers get the appropriate medications for their healthcare needs whenever they seek assistance at any of the 33 military treatment facilities nationwide. The medicines and medical supplies will be delivered directly to the treatment facilities through the nearest Mercury Drug stores.
KidSigla Ends Feeding Program in Pasay City
19 March 2018
KidSigla ends today its six-month feeding program in Juan Sumulong Elementary School. Of the 29 children identified with ‘wasted’ nutritional status at the onset of the program, 27 moved to normal weight after three months and two were able to attain normal weight at the end of six months. The single child identified with ‘severely wasted’ nutritional status at the onset moved to normal weight after three months. All 30 children were deemed rehabilitated to normal status at the program close, with an average weight gain of 11 lbs.
KidSigla Wraps Up in Caloocan City
9 March 2018
The six-month feeding program in Barangay 13, Caloocan City ends today. Of the 25 underweight and five severely underweight children enrolled in the program, 11 moved to normal weight after two months and were joined by 11 other children by the end of four months. All 30 children reached normal weight at the end of the program. Special recognition and tokens were given to the children who gained the highest weight after 120 days’ feeding and to the children who registered the highest attendance, as well as to parents who actively participated throughout the program.
OBL Serves 15,441 in 7 Simultaneous Free Clinics
1 March 2018
MDFI reached out to 15,441 through Operation Bigay Lunas (OBL), conducted simultaneously in Malabon City, Pasig City, Bacoor City, Alaminos City, Daet in Camarines Norte, Kalibo City and Butuan City today.

Free vitamins and medicines for common ailments, infections and chronic non-communicable diseases were distributed to all patients. Everybody who came to avail of OBL services got their full medicine regimen to ensure complete treatment.

One hundred eighty volunteer doctors from local government units and private sector provided free medical consultations with assistance from volunteer government nurses and midwives. Volunteers from Mercury Drug supervised the conduct and smooth flow of the activity, handled the registration of patients and dispensed the medicines. Unilab, J&J Medical, Medical Center Trading, Philusa, Procter & Gamble, San Miguel, Unilever and Asia Brewery provided full support with medicines, medical supplies, health screening, nutritional counselling, feeding and hydration services, and hygiene demo.
Bantay Kalusugan Goes to San Jose del Monte City
24 February 2018
Residents of San Jose del Monte City were the beneficiaries today of Bantay Kalusugan-Alamin at Sugpuin free screening services for chronic non-communicable diseases (NCD). Fourteen children aged 13 years and above, 201 adults and 83 elderlies were tested for random blood sugar, blood pressure and body mass index. Twenty-eight were identified potential cases of diabetes, 39 potential cases of hypertension and 107 potential cases of obesity. Volunteer doctors, nutritionists and other healthcare professionals conducted medical consultations and counselling to educate potential cases and assist them on how to prevent NCDs with healthy lifestyles. Pharmaceutical-healthcare partners (Philusa, Unilab, Procter & Gamble, Pascual, Abbott) joined hands with MDFI by providing medicines, medical services, screening kits, product samples and give-aways. Philusa facilitated an educational lecture on diabetes while Procter & Gamble conducted a proper handwashing demo.
Free NCD Screening at San Juan City
27 January 2018
Bantay Kalusugan-Alamin at Sugpuin reached out to San Juan City today for free screening services for chronic non-communicable diseases (NCD). Blood pressure was checked, random blood sugar and cholesterol were tested, and body mass index was determined among the 185 beneficiaries. A total of 93 potential cases were identified: 55 hypertension, 6 diabetes, 11 high cholesterol and 21 obesity. Volunteer doctors and nutritionists were on hand to counsel the potential cases on healthy lifestyles to prevent progression to full-blown NCD cases. Partners from the pharmaceutical-healthcare industry (Torrent, Merck, Philusa, GXI and Unilab) provided full support with medicines, medical services, screening kits, product sampling and give-aways. Torrent facilitated an educational lecture on diabetes prevention and management.
Potable Water Now Accessible to Barangay Pagatpat in Cagayan de Oro City
3 December 2017
Upland farmers comprising 120 households and 103 pupils of Pamalihi Elementary School in Sitio Pamalihi, Barangay Pagatpat, Cagayan de Oro City receive today their own water system from MDFI through its Operation Pa-Tubig program. Sitio Pamalihi is the poorest among the eight sitios within the said barangay, with only 47% of the total households having access to potable water. The 103 pupils studying at Pamalihi Elementary School, which had no access to potable water, used to fetch water from an open well some 300 meters from the school. Through Operation Pa-Tubig, the existing water system in Barangay Pagatpat was rehabilitated and expanded to serve the 120 households and 103 pupils.
Sagip Talento Awards 17 Gifted Youth and Children
24 November 2017
MDFI and Philippine Center for Gifted Education (PCGE) honor today the 2017 Mga Bagong Rizal (gifted children and youth) at Eurotel Hotel, Makati City. The awardees include Samantha Kyle Cantantan, Wilborn Paulo Rosel and Franklin Zeus Micaya from Metro Manila; Pryme Roz Paliangayan, Albay; Anjanette Cayabyab, Pangasinan; Arjay Castillo and John Jarel Batalla from Nueva Ecija; Alvin Ramos, Isabela; Maurin Jam Marron, La Union; Reisha Claffel Ferraren and Johan Castillejos from Cebu; Hillary Diane Andales, Leyte; Ralph Uzzxyl Belleza, Iloilo; Sybyl Orbuda, Davao del Sur; John Lloyd Manggay, Sarangani; Earl Guen Padayao and Troy Valdehueza from Bukidnon.

Prior to the awarding, the awardees had a two-day leadership training, capped by a wreath-laying at Dr. Jose Rizal’s monument at the Rizal Park.
KidSigla Launched in Pasay City
7 September 2017
Thirty underweight children of Juan Sumulong Elementary School in Pasay City were included in the KidSigla six-month feeding program, in partnership with Kabisig ng Kalahi. The children will be monitored over a six-month period until March 2018.
KidSigla Launched in Marikina City
17 August 2017
MDFI launched today two modules of KidSigla feeding program in Marikina City, in partnership with Kabisig ng Kalahi and the Marikina City Office of the Mayor. The program covers 60 underweight children who will be monitored over a six-month period from November 2017 until June 2018
Operation Pa-Tubig Goes to Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija
4 August 2017
MDFI turned over today to Barangay Bantug in Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija its very own potable water system. Approximately 1,140 or 285 households in this innermost barangay of Gabaldon stand to benefit from the water system. At the turnover ceremony, beneficiaries expressed their gratitude and delight about not having to fetch water anymore from neighboring barangays and having convenient access to water not only for basic household needs but also for unlimited personal and hygiene use.
KidSigla Launched in Caloocan City
5 July 2017
A six-month feeding program was launched today by MDFI in Barangay 13 in Caloocan City, in partnership with Kabisig ng Kalahi and La Consolacion College Caloocan Community Extension Service. Thirty underweight children were enrolled, with monthly monitoring to track the progress of the program.
AFP Dependents Included in MDFI’s Pharmacy Scholarship Program
17 May 2017
Mercury Drug Foundation joined hands with the Armed Forces of the Philippines Educational Benefit System (AFP-EBS) to make a difference in the lives of Filipino soldiers and their families, by including their dependents in MDFI’s pharmacy scholarship program. The beneficiaries include the dependents of military personnel who have died in the line of duty or who are either killed in action or incapacitated, as well as the dependents of active military personnel.
46 New Pharmacy Scholarship Grants Awarded
15 May 2017
A total of 46 new scholarship grants were awarded to deserving but financially-challenged pharmacy students in Adamson University, Centro Escolar University Malolos, Centro Escolar University Manila, Manila Central University, Our Lady of Fatima University, University of the Immaculate Conception, University of Makati, University of Perpertual Help System Biñan and Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation for school year 2017-2018. Each scholar will get full coverage of their tuition and miscellaneous school fees; and will receive monthly food and transportation allowances.
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