Doctors, nurses, volunteers as well as officials of the Catanduanes International Association, Inc. (CIA) have started arriving for its 9th Medical & Humanitarian Mission set Feb. 5-10 at the Eastern Bicol Medical Center.
According to chairman and overall coordinator Dolly Dalusong, the mission participants will be attending the 8:30 A.M. Mass at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral on Sunday, Feb. 5, followed by a 2 P.M. gathering at the Function Hall of ARDCI Corporate Inn where the group will conduct a briefing and assignment of volunteers, distribution of vests and IDs, and the induction of the officers of CIA Philippine chapter.
Aside from the medical, surgical and dental services, the CIA is also launching a Humanitarian and Outreach Program including the distribution of rice, clothing, shoes and slippers, school bags and school suppliers, toys for tots, and a soup kitchen.
CIA President Dr. Oscar Enriquez last year initiated a fund-raising program among fellow Catandunganons not only abroad but locally for any help, whether monetary, services or in kind, that would make a tremendous difference in the lives of less fortunate “kababanwas.”
The actual medical mission begins the following morning, Feb. 6, at 8 A.M., and ends at noon of Feb. 10. Every day at 7:15, a Mass will be held at the EBMC for the volunteers, with a critique meeting capping the day. The mission will also be extended to neighboring municipalities on Feb. 7-9, while the “Catanduanes Got Talent” show sponsored by the association provides a welcome break for the volunteers, as well as the people of Virac, at 7 P.M. of Feb. 8.
The mission ends after lunch of Feb. 10 with the submission of the final reports from the committees as well as the distribution of certificates of participation in the evening.
With Lydia Mendez as chairman of the board, the CIA, Inc. regional vice presidents and board members Rene Alcantara and Delia Saavedra (Canada-Western); Amy Chantengco and Lea Panti (Canada-Eastern); Consuelo Mendoza (Canada-Prairie); Nida dela Cruz, Jimmy Sanchez and Sally Siroy (USA-Atlantic); Fe Ehrhart and Marilou Tabo (USA-Central); Cora Abundo, Ching Olazo and Don Rodulfo (USA-Eastern); Efigenia Aguilar, Dolly Dalusong, Alvaro Lopez and Edna Valderrama (USA-Pacific); and, Gerry Guerrero and Hermil Olfindo (Philippines).
The other officers are: Cely Deauna, executive secretary; Franklin Enriquez, treasurer; Al Molina, auditor; Mely Tito, assistant auditor; Atty. Edna Wenning, legal counsel; Atty. Elba Tayo-Chua, co-counsel; and, Nilo Arcilla, Dr. Virgilia Guerrero, Amado Mendoza and Dr. Romy Velasco, advisers.
Aside from Dalusong, other key officials for the 2017 mission are co-chair Dr. Nenita Arcilla-Panis, secretary Elba Tayo-Chua, assistant secretary Mayette Teves, and treasurer Franklin Enriquez.