The Visayas Primary Healthcare Services, Inc., in coordination with the Augustinian Province de Cebu of the Basilica del Sto. Nino launched a medical mission in the small island of Kinatarcan, Municipality of Sante Fe in the northern part of Cebu last April 16- 17, 2016
A total of 53 boys were circumcised, 70 patients checked up, and 99 had blood sugar tested to screen for diabetes mellitus. The medical team was composed of VPHCS staff and volunteers of doctors, nurses and medical students.
Fr. Aladdin Luzon, OSA represented the Augustinian congregation which sponsored the medical services. The Santo Niño de Cebu Augustinian Social Development Foundation (SNAF), the social action arm of the Augustinian congregation has an ongoing development program including a housing project and livelihood program in the island.
Kinatarcan island is a beautiful island which is only nine kilometers long and about two kilometers at its widest breadth. The island is composed of rocky cliffs facing the north and by long strips of white sand on its eastern and western side. Small beaches are nestled among the rocks. There are two hidden lagoons located inland which are thickly forested. Kinatarcan has three barangays, Bito-on, Hagdan and Langub which are connected with each other by a circumferential road. Being a small island, it will take only two hours to finish walking the entire stretch of the road.