Mayren Cogtas and Marian Gladys Baring | June 20, 2019
After a series of breast cancer awareness fora called Project Pink, City Savings Bank, Inc. (CitySavings) went beyond raising awareness by making actual health service accessible to teachers through a medical mission last May 23 at San Francisco SPED Central School, Camotes, Cebu.
Close to 100 teachers from San Francisco and Poro districts availed of the free breast examination and Pap smear conducted in partnership with the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. – Eduardo J. Aboitiz Cancer Center (RAFI – EJACC) and volunteer midwives from the Integrated Midwives Association of the Philippines – Cebu Midwife Clinic, Inc. (IMAP-CMCI).
The activity was a follow through initiative after a series of successful Region 7 Project Pink sessions, a breast cancer awareness forum for teachers. The medical mission was a response to the attendees’ request to have an actual medical check-up in their schools.
– Ryan Bascug, Regional Business Head for Central Visayas, CitySavings
Bascug mentioned that the beneficiary chosen was in a far-flung place, where chances of getting these kinds of medical check-up do not come by easily. The medical mission allowed the teachers to get checked without the hassle of traveling far and spending as it was done conveniently on the island by trained medical professionals.
It was free, convenient and they were done by friendly midwives.
– Marianila Barral, Teacher, Camotes National High School
“If not given for free, these examinations would cost a teacher more than P1,000 particularly if done in private hospitals or clinics,” said RAFI – EJACC Program Officer Gina Mariquit.
Conducted annually by CitySavings, Project Pink has raised awareness to over 2,000 teaching and non-teaching personnel from the Department of Education (DepEd) since 2017.
When asked why she volunteered, Lorgen Miralles, Midwife II of Rural Health Unit of San Francisco said, “This is a good opportunity to promote awareness on cervical and breast cancer among women and to extend our help”.
IMAP-CMCI is the only accredited professional organization of midwives, both public and private, and is a member association of the International Confederation of Midwives. Their mission is to elevate the standard of midwife profession and to provide excellent health care and services to women, family and the community.
The bank along with its partners foresees more medical missions to follow after this successful run.