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Tzu Chi, Bohol LGU unite to fight oral problems among kids

Saturday, 22 July 2017 15:3 PM | ARTICLE BY | Juvy Ann Radaza
Seated from left: Tzu Chi Philippines' Vice-CEO James Chua, Bohol Governor Edgar M. Chatto, Assistant School Division Superintendent Marina Salamanca, and Head of Health Cluster sign the Memorandum of Agreement on Dental Health Program for all public elementary schools in Bohol. The MOA signing was held during the inauguration of Bohol Day on July 22 at the Cultural Center in Tagbilaran City. 【Photo by Juvy Ann Radaza】

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  • Tzu Chi Foundation Bohol, in cooperation with the Department of Education and the Provincial Government of Bohol, signed a memorandum of agreement for a dental health program on July 22 to address oral problems of public elementary school students around Bohol.

Tzu Chi Foundation, the Provincial Government of Bohol, and the Department of Education (DepEd) on July 22 signed a Memorandum of Agreement for the Dental Health Care program for all public elementary schools in Bohol.

Held at the Bohol Cultural Center in Tagbilaran City, the official dental care partnership was attended by Governor Edgar M. Chatto, Head of Health Cluster Dr. Yul Lopez, Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Marina Salamanca, and four Tzu Chi volunteers with the foundation’s deputy-CEO James Chua.

The partnership aims to extend the organization’s dental care program to every child in all elementary schools in Bohol. In support, the provincial government will provide its dental bus complete with equipment during all scheduled clinics and provide other necessary personnel. Meanwhile, DepEd will allocate dentists and furnish a list of eligible patients for examination and treatment.

With understanding and compassion to children, Tzu Chi volunteers come up with a program in response to the high incident of dental problems among children of Bohol.

“This aim to serve the dental needs of the students, and we hope with this joint cooperation between Government of Bohol and Tzu Chi will be able to impart and assist the student’s oral hygiene,” Tzu Chi volunteer Joven Uy states.

Dr. Lopez lauded Tzu Chi Foundation’s response to the needs of Boholanos, specifically the dental care of the school children.

“We know that the dental health is equally important. If the children have tooth decay, then it could be a portal to illnesses, germs, and bacteria and will suffer from malnutrition, resulting to poor school performance,” Dr. Lopez states.

“I’m very much positive and we are very happy that Tzu Chi Foundation is with us for the health of our school children,” he adds.

On the other hand, deputy-CEO Chua expressed its widespread mission of humanity, which the governor and the city officer were able to comprehend.

“We join in this program to continuously spread the seeds of love so that we will have harmonious society. In the long run, we will have increasing number of volunteers that will also share their love to people,” says Chua.

Last Updated: Saturday, 22 July 2017 15:3 PM

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