Water Is Life

Sitio Ambang is located in Barangay Villaflor, Puerto Galera Oriental Mindoro. It is considered as a Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Area (GIDA) in the municipality. The indigenous tribe of Iraya Mangyans are the primary residents of the village accounting to almost 200 families. Skin diseases, Poor Hygiene, Malnutrition and Intestinal Parasitism are the leading causes of disease in the village.

Last 2009, Medical Ambassadors Philippines, Inc. (MAP Inc.) visited this indigenous people group in Bgy. Villaflor, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro. Through the help of Dr. Francis Daytec, MAP was able to establish a long term partnership between God’s Living Grace Ministries in reaching out to the Mangyan tribal group residing in the area. MAP deployed two community nurses and primary health care programs and barangay health workers training were implemented in the community. The findings of the survey showed that 100% of the residents do not have sanitary toilets and water source for drinking was not accessible to the village.

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Sitio Ambang, Bgy. Villaflor, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro is composed of 150 – 200 Mangyan tribal families

In 2013, Health education classes for adults to promote good environmental health, disease prevention and home care treatment were conducted. In spite of this initiative, Diarrhea and intestinal parasitism are still the leading causes of diseases.  After several years of visiting and conducting health classes in the village we were able to train 14 Family Health Workers (FHW) that will continue to advocate good health and support health programs implemented in the village.

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MAP Sitio Health Station

Last 2011, the Local Government Unit (LGU) constructed a water reservoir for the community and they were able to enjoy the benefits of having accessible water for their homes but because of poor maintenance and unruly citizens the water line was cut down for their personal gain and was never again restored.

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Abandoned water reservoir last used on 2012

As of today, there is a dire need to assist this community. To decrease the incidence of diarhhea, poor hygiene, skin problems, and intestinal parasitism, installation of water system and sanitary toilet is a priority need to be addressed.

 

After Typhoon Nina struck down their village, clean water became very scarce and now they are drinking rain water for survival. If this health problem/need of the community will be addressed, 200 families will benefit from this project.

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MAP is raising 50,000 pesos for this project to be implemented. This will cover all the raw materials needed to restore the water system in the community and install 10 sanitary toilets for the village.

by: Paul Bañas, RN

If you are willing to donate any amount for this project, please communicate with Medical Ambassadors Philippines Inc. (02) 415-9068 and call or text Paul Bañas at 09235968515 / 09158484183. Office Address: ABCCOP Center #102 Sct. Rallos St. Diliman, Quezon City

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