On May 15, 2005, Sytengco Philippines Corporation (Sytengco), in cooperation with the Kalookan Filipino-Chinese Fire Brigade Volunteers, held its yearly medical and dental mission at Barangay Namunga, Rosario Batangas. This is in line with the company's commitment to promote our socio-cultural responsibility projects, especially those benefiting the less fortunate. Initiated by our President, Mr. Necisto U. Sytengco, these projects have become a company tradition.
This year's medical mission was held at Barangay Namunga in its Namunga Elementary School. This was in response of the invitation of Mrs. Caringal, a retired Bureau of Customs official, who proudly represents the area as her hometown.
The medical mission won't be possible if not for the countless efforts and dedication of the Kalookan Filipino-Chinese Fire Brigade Medical Volunteers. All together, the medical team, composed of 12 doctors of medicine and 8 doctors of dentistry, and a pharmacist, was headed by Mr. Robert Ong. They left Kalookan at 9 am together with the Sytengco Volunteers.
Defying the summer heat and heavy traffic, the convoy finally reached its destination after two grueling hours and two festivals of two neighboring barrio's along the narrow road bound to Rosario, Batangas. Mrs. Caringal and hundreds of Barangay Namunga residents welcomed the convoy wholeheartedly despite the delay.
During the course of the mission, hundreds of people flocked in to get free medical services. In order to accommodate the people traffic, Mrs. Caringal's party, with the help of the school teachers, was involved in the pre-registration and line-up that eased the flow in the consultation area to the pharmacy.
The medical mission went well with a relatively high turnout rate. At least six hundred eighty (680) patients have availed of the free consultation and medicines and forty-four (44) locals took advantage of the free dental services, which totaled almost 750 patients. In order to add to their joy and happiness, the patients were also given packed meals on their way out.
The medical service ended around 3:00 in the afternoon. Though it was tiring for the volunteers and the medical team, one can see smiles in their faces as a sign of great fulfillment for helping those who are in need. Certainly, this was a memorable and priceless experience that would forever dwell in our hearts.