More than 250 patients in the urban poor communities of Hipodromo, Carreta and Lorega were served in a medical mission conducted by members of the Diocese of San Bernardino Filipino Ministry in San Bernardino, California, U.S.A. in Barangay Hipodromo sports complex last Jan. 20.
Six doctors and about 40 lay persons of the ministry headed by Fr. Ben Alforque, M.S.C., who were in a two-week visit in the Philippines rendered medical consultations and counseling services during the mission. Staff of the Visayas Primary Health Care Services, Inc. (VPHCS) including Dr. Erlinda Posadas, Dr. Oliver Gimenez, Dr. Mark Molina, Lynsy Linao, R.N., Cheryl Molina, R.N. , and volunteer nurse Zane Omega joined the medical team.
The Fil-Americans from San Bernardino also rendered medical services in urban poor communities in Bacolod and Iloilo prior to their Cebu trip. They also rendered services in Payatas in Metro Manila after Cebu. The theme of their mission was “Discovering and Re-discovering our Filipino Roots.”
The Ministry also donated medicines to the VPHCS to be used in future medical services for indigents patients in the communities in Cebu and Bohol.