It has been a tradition for Pines City Colleges (PCC) as an allied health educational institution to help ensure healthy lives and promote good health and well-being for all. To achieve this goal, the PCC Community Engagement Services (CES) initiated a yearly in-campus medical and dental mission through its Project Angels. The mission is to help combat emerging illnesses and viruses especially here in the City of Pines where the temperature suddenly drops and then rises back to normal. It is a total package of medical and dental assessment and evaluation, education, and prevention and management.
Moreover, this year’s mission was in recognition of the numerous blessings received by the institution for 54 years. PCC saw it fit to extend its appreciation to the community by providing another opportunity to give back. It served as a gesture of gratitude towards the community that has been instrumental in supporting the institution’s growth and success.
On October 4, volunteers, students, faculty members, and non-teaching staff of PCC also known as “Angels in Green” gathered together and joined in the said mission. The mission was a holistic service and collaboration among the different college departments of PCC such as the School of Medicine, College of Pharmacy, College of Dentistry, College of Nursing, College of Respiratory Therapy, and the General Education Department.
HELPING HAND IN HAND. PCC students, employees, and volunteers worked together in a well-coordinated and efficient manner to assist the beneficiaries of the Medical and Dental Mission. The Maintenance Department set up the materials needed for the venue, and class instructors from the General Education Department manned the registration of the beneficiaries.
The mission was hosted at the ESBC Main Building open grounds, attended by 135 underprivileged students from Lucban Elementary School, 25 adults, 20 seniors, and residents from Magsaysay Private Road.
The Angels in Green provided free medical examinations which included detailed assessment of vital signs and head-to-toe evaluation to ensure the overall health and well-being of the beneficiaries. Additionally, the Angels in Green provided essential medications and vital vitamins as deemed necessary by the physicians. The medicines and vitamins were donations from PCC allies, good-hearted doctors, and pharmacies in the city.
DOCTOR’S CHECK. College of Nursing students diligently recorded the vital signs of the beneficiaries, ensuring accurate documentation, needed by our physicians and practicing medical doctors in the School of Medicine for their health examination and evaluation to identify health conditions and to provide constructive feedback. (Lower right photo) The College of Pharmacy gathered medicine and vitamin donations distributed to the beneficiaries.
As the medical team attended to the patients, they also offered free dental services to ensure oral healthcare. Thorough dental check-ups and prophylaxis were conducted at the dentistry laboratory to maintain the patient’s oral health.
PCC CARES. The beneficiaries received dental check-ups, cleanings, and preventative treatments along with oral education from the College of Dentistry to improve oral health and achieve beautiful smiles. (Lower left and right photo credit to Dentistry Clinicians Organization of PCC).
Meanwhile, the Angels in Green took the opportunity to deliver informative lectures to the beneficiaries to enhance health awareness. The lectures encompassed a wide range of topics, including oral and personal hygiene as well as prevention and management of respiratory diseases. The Angels in Green diligently shared their knowledge and insights to empower the beneficiaries and promote their overall well-being.
A feeding program was also conducted during the mission. A hearty snack prepared by the Supreme Student Council of PCC and CES was served to the children.
HEALTHY LUNGS, HEALTHY LIFE. (Left photo) The College of Respiratory Therapy offered a comprehensive education on respiratory therapy care emphasizing the importance of proper handwashing in mitigating the spread of viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens that can negatively impact respiratory health. (Right photo) The feeding program provided a healthy snack to the children, which they enjoyed while waiting for their check-ups. This was a great initiative to ensure the well-being of the children.
The whole day’s mission was indeed a fulfilling event. It had created an avenue for PCC, especially its students, to render selfless service to its community. It also strengthened the camaraderie of the PCC community into a more cohesive and unified service to create a healthier future. #