Reaching out with a life-saving endeavor to local communities through the use of skills and resources, the Matias H. Aznar Memorial College of Medicine, Inc. together with the MHAM College Inc. conducted a whole day blood typing for free during the Brigada Skwela held at Compostela National High School (CNHS) Day Class last May 24, 2019.
A DepEd-led weeklong clean up drive and schools maintenance activities nationwide, this year’s Brigada Skwela on its 16th year was centered on the importance of the community and its contribution to nation building bearing the theme, “Matatag na Bayan para sa Maunlad na Paaralan”.
Having been invited by one of the focal persons of CNHS Brigada Skwela for school partnerships, MHAM HR director, Mr. Pedro Pañares, graced the notable event together with the MHAM College Inc. faculty members who spearheaded the blood typing for free.
Coming together as one community with its unrelenting program to counter the problem of blood supply during emergency situations by becoming volunteer blood donors to indigent patients, the MHAM team launched the Kadugo Cebu Project during the short program attended by the school administration, teachers, parents, and students.
Aimed to provide blood-type compatibility to every individual via internet through a web-enabled system known as the Donors-Database-Server developed by the AVP for administration, Mr. Francisco Bacalla, the Kadugo Cebu Project is one of the worthwhile extension programs of the MHAM Community Extension Services led by its current director, Mr. Jarvis Prochina.
In an interview with the ComEx director, he divulged that MHAM was supposed to have a mutual agreement for medical mission with CNHS but due to time constraint and unavailability of medical doctors during summer, the MHAM team offered a free blood typing to initially launch the Kadugo Cebu Project which he acted as the main proponent.
Hopeful to replicate the Kadugo Cebu Project through linkages among government and private academic sectors in Cebu with its governing body to provide uniformity of terms, conditions and guidelines by laws of donor-volunteers as blood investment, Mr. Prochina added that the community extension office aims to institutionalize the Cebu-wide project as there is always a demand for blood from time to time.
“We extend our services to the less fortunate since we are dealing with a public school. Our young learners can learn and develop their responsibility and sensibility for the needs of others with the heart to serve by the time they become professionals. Moreover, we need to institutionalize this project in the cities of Cebu especially to the urban poor society and vulnerable communities with the hope that health in itself will be placed in the hands of the people”, Prochina said.
Early last year, Mr. Prochina spearheaded a collaborative forum on Kadugo Cebu Project dubbed as “Kadugo Ko, Kaakuhan Ko”, with the University of San Carlos, Velez College, Cebu Institute of Technology-University, Cebu Normal College, Cebu Doctors’ University and Mandaue City College representatives together with the former director of Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Region VII, Dr. Freddie Bernal, who officially endorsed the project.
Around one hundred fifty (150) parents and students availed the free blood typing who also signed up to become donors of the MHAM-led humane endeavor. (Ana Liza Abao)