Taiwanese group opens free clinic in Philippines

By Jake Chung  /  Staff writer, with CNA

Tue, Nov 20, 2012 - Page 4

In conjunction with a number of local groups, the Taiwanese Association in the Philippines at the weekend opened a free health clinic, offering medical services to more than 2,600 people and raising knowledge about the Taiwanese expatriates who live and work in the country.

Held in Paranaque city in the southern area of the Metro Manila region, the association, along with the Buddha’s Light International Association’s Philippine branch, the Community Care Fund, the Philippine ABS-CBN network and others, mobilized nearly 100 doctors and as many volunteers to offer voluntary medical checkups.

The checkups included ophthalmology, dentistry, general medicine and screening for common diseases, the association said, adding that it had taken nearly three months to organize the event.

The association also distributed medicine, glasses and food, and as many as 2,600 people had signed up for health checks by the end of the day.

Association head Kao Shih-cheng (高仕誠) said that helping the weak and disadvantaged had always been the defining spirit of the association.

Many of the poorer people from the Philippine capital reside in the Metro Manila region and often have difficulty getting sufficient nutrition, never mind getting a medical checkup at a clinic, Kao said.

“We try to empathize and if spending a little money can help relieve their pain, then we will do whatever we can to help,” Kao said.

Representative to the Philippines Raymond Wang (王樂生) visited the volunteers and medical personnel yesterday afternoon.

At the clinic, Wang expressed his admiration for the efforts of Kao, Tai Su-mien (戴素綿), director of the Buddha’s Light International Association’s Philippine branch, Community Care Fund representative Huang Ching-jung (黃清榮) and others.