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ILOILO CITY — ANCOP USA, Northeast A Region, (NJ, NY, DE, PA, CT, RI, MA, ME & NH), in cooperation with the provincial and local government officials of this province led by Gov. Arthur Defensor, conducted a massive medical/surgical/dental mission in five hardest-hit towns by Typhoon Yolanda last November from Feb. 7-12, 2014.

According to Roger Santos, executive director of ANCOP USA who spearheaded the big mission by launching an online donation campaign in the United States one day after the typhoon hit last year, some 10,000 poor people who are residents of the municipalities of Mina, Dumangas, Barotac Viejo, Concepcion and Carles (including Higante Island) were attended to by the 31-member medical team from the U.S. and 36 local physicians, dentists and nurses.

“It is our pleasure to be of service to the poor,” said Santos.

“We thank Gov. Defensor and all his people who helped us conduct this very successful and huge project.”

Gov. Defensor thanked the members of the mission during a courtesy call to his office on the last day of the project.

(It may be recalled Santos met with Gov. Defensor in his office weeks before the mission and discussed related preparations.)


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Rene Palma and Beth Macaraeg (2nd and 3rd from left) hold a Certificate of Appreciation from one of the visited municipalities in Iloilo. At left is ANCOP USA CFO Rollie Balanza. At right are Jun Macaraeg and Roger Santos, ANCOP USA executive director.


Addressing the doctors, nurses and CFC ANCOP volunteers, he said, “We thank you all and ANCOP USA for this extraordinary sacrifice. You made a big difference in the lives of our people who are still recovering from the wrath of Typhoon Yolanda. On my own behalf and on behalf of our LGUs, please accept the deep gratitude of the people of Iloilo.”

It was learned from Rene Palma and Elizabeth Macaraeg, CFC ANCOP USA officers who led the mission team, that the total value of medicines and medical equipment shipped to Iloilo for the use of the mission was around 15 million pesos ($333,000) which were donated by Direct Relief and World Relief (U.S.-based nonprofit organizations).

In addition, some $13,000 (P555,000) were used to purchase relief goods from local stores in this city, like rice, canned goods, plastic pails, fresh fruits and the like that were distributed to the people who came for treatment during the six-day mission.

The group also distributed 2,000 pieces of reading eyeglasses and 32 boxes of used clothes donated to the mission by CFC Greece and New Jersey.


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Mission members paid a courtesy call to Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor (center, in blue T-shirt).


ANCOP USA Iloilo medical mission volunteers from U.S.


1. ALQUIZAR, WENDELL, Volunteer

2. ALVARDO, FELIX, Nurse

3. ALVARDO, MYRLYN, Nurse

4. ARMBRUSTER, BOB, Journalist

5. BAISAC, JOSEPHINE, Physician

6. CLEM, JOSEPH, Dental Assistant

7. CLEM, JOY, Dentist

8. DAQUIEL, EMMA, Volunteer

9. DEMONTEVERDE, MARIAN, Nurse

10. DIVINAGRACIA, ARTHUR

11. ESGUERRA, FLOR, Pharmacist

12. ESGUERRA, FRED, Nurse

13. FUNTERA, EX, Volunteer

14. FUNTERA, GLADYS, Volunteer

15. GALICIA, LANA, Physician

16. LINDO, LORNA, Nurse

17. MACARAEG, BETH, Volunteer (Coordinator)

18. MACARAEG, JUN, Volunteer

19. MARIJANA, MANUEL, Volunteer

20. MARIJANA, TERESITA, Volunteer

21. MERCADO, GEORGETTE, Volunteer

22. MINKS, EMMA, Volunteer

23. OHAO, RESTY, Nurse

24. PACHECO, MIA, Nurse

25. PALMA, RENE, Volunteer

26. PALMA, TONETTE, Nurse

27. SANTIAGO, LELEILA, Nurse

28. SANTIAGO, NORBERTO, Volunteer

29. SARMIENTO, DANILO, Volunteer

30. TUBAO, ANGELES, Volunteer

31. TUBAO, GENE, Physician

32. TUBAO, GERONIMO, Volunteer


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Rene and Tonette Palma (right) with unidentified volunteers. Behind is a tent camp where Typhoon Yolanda victims are temporarily living.


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