The selflessness and compassion of volunteers and the medical staff of Tzu Chi Foundation, Philippines won laurels anew as a Mandaluyong-based women's group lauded the sincere efforts of the latter to help those less fortunate than themselves during the organization's mobile dental mission in Barangay Bagong Silang last August 24.
And perhaps adding distinction to this victory is the fact that "Kababaihan Kakaiba ng Mandaluyong" (KKM) founder Corazon Abalos, the wife of former Commission on Elections chairperson Benjamin Abalos, was the one who graciously heaped paeans of praise to the hard-working volunteers and dentists of the foundation.
"You people (Tzu Chi volunteers) are truly God sent. Thank you very much for helping our marginalized constituents get a chance to get decent dental care," she emphasized.
Tzu Chi Foundation, Philippines along with the Philippine National Red Cross and the Mandaluyong City Health Office were the three organizations tapped by the KKM in its medical mission last August 24. The activity was done to high-light the organization's 13th year founding anniversary this coming August 30.
The Tzu Chi phase of the mission was conducted at the Barangay Bagong Silang Covered Court between 9am to 3pm. Around 30 volunteers were present. The dental mission also served a total of 171 patients which can be broken down into 44 for tooth extractions, 56 for oral prophylaxis, 36 for dental restoration while 35 were fitted out for dentures.
Abalos also added that Tzu Chi's reputation was furthered bolstered when she witnessed first hand how the organization's dentists and volunteers lovingly and tirelessly helped patients in need.
"I've been hearing a lot of wonderful things about Tzu Chi in the news and I am pleased to say that they are all true," she stressed.
The KKM chief also took this opportunity to state her willingness to work closely with Tzu Chi Foundation, Philippines, adding their goals are the same.
"Our goals are the same. KKM was founded in August 30, 1998 with the mandate to provide livelihood training and other upliftment projects designed to improve the lives of Mandaluyong's economically challenged women. We have so far 20,000 active members in the city," she added.
Abalos also said that she is looking forward to meet with ranking officers of Tzu Chi Foundation, Philippines regarding her proposal.
Tzu Chi was founded in 1966 in Hualien, Taiwan by Master Cheng Yen with the purpose of providing compassionate assistance to persons in need. Its primary missions deals solely with education, medical, humanitarian, and environment protection.
Abalos' view was also shared by KKM secretary Dr. Rowena Abesamis who said that the immediate response of Tzu Chi's leaderships in their request for dental assistance "warmed her heart."
"I am very happy that you people (Tzu Chi) came here as a lot of our marginalized community mates were given a chance to get decent medical care. Thank you very much for your warm support and we hope that this will be just but the beginning of a long and beautiful partnership," Dr. Abesamis concluded.