March 3-4, 2014 – The Capuchin Medical Mission (cMm), one of the founding members of the Inter-Franciscan Health Care group, the FRANCISCAN HEALTH CARE CROSSING BORDER INC. (FHCCBI), has been an active participant of FHCCBI missions since its inception. Their endeavors encompassed mission works with the victims of typhoon Pablo in Davao Oriental, of the earthquake in Romblon and of the recent typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in Samar and Leyte.
Last March 3, 2014, Br. Joel de Jesus,OFMCap of the cMm, flew to Tacloban City in order to catch up with the FHCCBI team which conducted a medical and dental mission in Osmena, Marabut, Eastern Samar last March 2, 2014. He was to take part in the mission at Ormoc City on March 4, 2014.
Br. Joel met Br. Ryan Labasa,OFMCap in the airport who was on his way back to Luzon for his Post-novitiate La Verna Experience. Br. Ryan, a member of the cMm Team, went ahead to Samar a few days earlier bringing a truckload of relief goods for typhoon Yolanda victims. The relief goods were distributed to the victims during the March 2-4, 2014 medical and dental mission work.
During the mission, the FHCCBI team was fortunate to be graced by the presence of Fr. Felix A. Junco Jr.,OFM, the Custos of the Order of Friars Minor Southern Philippines Custody of St. Anthony of Padua. The representative of Missionszentrale der Franziskaner, Babara Scmidth Eule was also with the team to observe their medical-dental mission activities and also the work that the Franciscan family had already accomplished in Samar and Leyte.
In the medical mission done at Osmena, Marabut, Eastern Samar last March 2, 2014, the medical and dental team of FHCCBI treated 683 patients. In the succeeding medical and dental mission at Barangay Milagro in the morning of March 4, 2014, they treated 342 patients and in the afternoon at Barangay Dolores they treated 421 patients. Both Barangay Milagro and Barangay Dolores are situated at Ormoc City Leyte. All in all, the medical and dental mission Team treated 1446 patients.
There is still a lot of work to be done in the typhoon Haiyan affected areas particularly in the process of rehabilitation. In lieu of this, the Capuchin Philippine Province, spearheaded by the Tulay-Lingap ni Padre Pio, in cooperation with the Capuchin Medical Mission, have already submitted a proposal for the adoption of two parishes in Salcedo, Eastern Samar, namely the Our Lady of Salvation Parish and the Our Lady of the Rosary Parish. We look forward to greater participation of the brothers of the Capuchin Philippine Province in this endeavor.