Thank you, Physicians Across Continents (PAC) PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 April 2014 13:12
The medical mission Physicians Across Continents (PAC), a Saudi based medical team last Wednesday (April 2), at Joaquin Enriquez Grandstand was commendable. It was a great assistance to our City Health Office, Department of Health (DOH), other government agencies, and health-related NGOs who has been doing their best to attend to the health needs of the IDPs. Our city government gave food packs of rice, noodles and sardines to the IDPs in the same medical event that included a feeding program, free medicines, and distribution of relief goods.

Sad to hear that there has been reports about death (sighed) and sickness among the internally displaced persons (IDPs) these past weeks. But I deem our city local government officials should not be blamed for it especially Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar. Since day one after the unfortunate Zamboanga siege, the IDPs have been given free shelter, food, medicines, clothing, and other needs including cash. Probably, there were some lapses but I think they were not intentional. It takes time to do the rehabilitation work, not easy, and so many challenges including from “people who criticizes but not helping find out who are the real culprits of the siege.”

Unfortunately other concern groups have been complaining that it is not enough. I agree it is not enough. The IDPs should not be totally dependent to government and private aids all the time. They should be grateful for whatever is being given to them, not demand for more, and the most important of all, they must cooperate specially in keeping their place clean and hygienic for their health sake.

In a few weeks time, the IDPs will have a better comfortable shelter place to stay in. They are very fortunate in this aspect compare to other real poor citizens of our city.  I give credit for Mayor Beng’s bravery in facing the siege challenges caused by people who are not even from our city (sighed). Let’s give her administration a chance to prove that we can rebuild a better Zamboanga.

Thank you too to the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) who made this medical mission trip possible as well to Jojo Abdussalam, Prof. Ismael Musa, some Darul Ifta members, Datu Husayin Arpa, president of the Philippine Council for Badjao, and other volunteers who helped. Thank you for setting an exemplary Samaritan deed.

Micah 6:8. “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”