Visayas Mindanao Association (VMA) Collaboration

Dear Friends of the Medical Mission,
For those who are just getting into the circle, The Medical Mission is in Cebu Island. This is one of the islands of Visayas in the middle part of the Philippines. This is the second largest city with lots of history. This will be on February 7-14. 2016. Be ready to spend your Valentine’s day in the mission.
JiJi Gullas one of our hosts in Cebu is visiting us in Jacksonville and has seen the equipments and supplies to be donated to the medical mission area. This may take 3-4 (40 ft) container vans to ship them. We have a continuing discussion with him and the rest of the team what are our needs. I am requesting that for our accomodations we need air-conditioned rooms and a hot shower. We are working with the Governor’s Office and the Rotary Club
Most of the communications and discussions will be done through the email. And when the team is being formed we will meet each other for those who can. We have volunteers from California and New York.
We would like to thank the donations of Drs. Ben & Virgie Samera ($1000), Drs Joe & Minnie Hernandez ($1000)
and the pledges of Visayas Mindanao Association ($1000), Read Philippines (Doreen Flippin) $1000, Art Gandionco $500
Our goal is to raise $60,000. Not including the above donations and pledges we have $28,000 in the bank, $1,700 in paypal,
$500 in credit card account. So we pass the 50% mark and every month we will have a fund raising activity.
May 30 Sat, Dr. Brent Canlas is conducting Pain Management Seminar for Primary Physicians and all proceeds will go to the mission. July 25 the Luau Night, Aug 22 – Formal Ballroom Dancing, Sept- Bowling, October- Filipino Pride Day.
Save the dates.
If you are free tonight, join us at the Maharlika Restaurant at 142255 Beach Blvd Jax, Fl 32250. VMA(Visayas Mindanao Association) is having a dinner entertainment night for Doreen Flippin, She is running for Mrs Philippines. Let us support our friends of the medical mission.

Dr. Ong

Initial Cebu Medical Mission Meeting

1. Site of Mission – Cebu and the specific towns and hospital to be determined
after confirmation with the hosts
2. Date – Last part of January 16 and first week of February
3. Type of Mission – medical, surgical, dental, CME. BLS
4. Fund Raising Goal – $60,000
PMSNEF Seed ,money – $23,000
Dr. Ben & Virgie Samera’s
Donation – $1000
Remaining Goal – $36,000
Bren will conduct his yearly Pain Management Symposium on May 2016 and proceeds will be going for the medical mission. We ask the help of primary physicians and other members of
PMSNEF for pharmaceuticals and other business for booth sponsorship.( Home health,
medical group practice, insurance companies, hospice etc) The symposium is free to attend
Suggested fund raisings- Spring Garage Sale, 15K run, musical concert at St Augustine’s
5. CME- Pol will be in charge
.5. Terms
U.S. volunteers – 50 people
Pay their own plane fare
Host to provide lodging , food and local transportation
Medical Mission will donate five (5) 40 ft. container vans at $3,700
Hosts will take care about the Philippine Customs
6. Logistics- Mel Barros, Don Alfonso, Vincent Verdeflor, Mary Baluyot, Grace Bunyi
7. Treasurer- Elsie Barnes
8. Auditor – Elsie Ong
9. Checks & donations to Philippine Medical Society of Northeast Florida
10. Other matters: .
1. Temporary licenses for volunteers- Logistics & hosts
2. Adopt a Hospital Program for the shipment of containers, custom tariffs
Shipment not later not Oct 1
3. Malpractice Insurance requirements
4. Recipients of shipments to be decided by Logistics
5. To solicit from Cebuanos residing in the U.S. whose people are being helped by the
medical mission and develop a data base to get them involved
6. One month supply of medicines to be provided to patients and medicines to be purchased
7. Letter of Invitation from the host
8.Next meeting will be a potluck at the PMSNEF Bldg and the date to be announced as soon
we get answers.
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