The Philippine American Medical Association of Georgia (PAMAG) was in Cagayan de Oro last February 4 up to 7, 2019 doing free medical missions giving major and minor operations to Cagayan de Oro residents who had kidney complications, myoma, goiter and other ailments.
Founded in 1976 at Atlanta, California, USA, PAMAG has provided continuing Medical Education to Doctors and Allied Professionals, both in the USA and in the Philippines; also the group provides a four-year College Course Scholarship for deserving Filipinos.
The group have previously donated ambulances, ultra sound machines, portable EKG monitors, nebulizers, and various equipment’s and medical supplies to hospitals in various parts of the country during the past medical missions.
This year a team of 60 people composed of Doctors, nurses and medical volunteers have spent their own money in fare and accommodation just to be part in extending medical services to poor communities in Cagayan de Oro and also conducted check-ups and tended to the sick inmates of the Lumbia City Jail.
The Rotary Club of West Cagayan de Oro have been instrumental in bringing the Philippine American Medical Association of Georgia in Cagayan de Oro.
Last December 2017, then RC West CDO and now Assistant Governor Ms. Tina Abalos Hidalgo had a meeting with Past District Governor of Rotary Club Mr. Ruben Vegafria and the Chairman of PAMAG Dr. Samuel Torres on how to bring the whole team to Cagayan de Oro and things to raise for blessing the city of golden friendship.
After two years of preparation, the team arrived doing humanitarian services and donated an anesthesia machine at the JR Borja General Hospital (JRBGH). Special thanks to the Chairman of RC West special project committee Past President Bobby Sebastian and to the whole members of RC West for extending their time and resources in making the PAMAG team accommodated during their weeklong stay. A big thank you also to Dr. Lucille Torres Romblon and family being a point person in this project and to all the volunteers of PAMAG may God bless you much.
(The author is a member of the Rotary Club of West Cagayan de Oro and Chairman of Dire Husi Initiatives, Inc. recipient of the national award Ten Accomplished Youth Organization or TAYO. For comments/suggestions please send to email@example.com)