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BACNA and surgical team will return January 2001.
Left Photo: 6th from left is the governor of C. Norte, Jesse Pimentel. In the forefront are members of BACNA who voluteered for the mission.
Right Photo: Members of the surgical team headed by Dr. Tony Abiog, 7th from the left, standing, are taking a respite from their work.
BACNAns rededicated themselves to help again the indigents from their province by unanimously approving a new mission to Camarines Norte in January 2001. Having heard from Dr. Tony Abiog and after listening to observations from volunteers Erna Auro, Fechie and Marv Alarcon, Doris Palado and Becky Chavez, newly elected president Manny Alarcon restarted the drive to fulfill mission 2001. Romy Salvador, past president of BACNA describes the recent project, the Surgical Mission 2000 in Daet, a tremendous success. "There were lots of hitches no doubt, but somehow we were able to overcome them," he reports. The estimate of 150 procedures for the entire period of the mission was surpassed. A total of 196 procedures -- 46 major, and 104 minor, cases; 25 ophtha procedures; and 21 plastic surgeries 3 more cases that could no longer be attended due to time constraints, were referred to the Bicol Medical Center in Naga City. The ophtha procedures were done by volunteer doctors from Manila. All these were performed by a total of six surgeons headed by Dr. Tony Abiog. The surgical mission to Daet, C. Norte, Philippines was also supported by the Society of Philippine Surgeons in America.
Surgical Mission 2001 to C. Norte
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With nothing more than a sense of altruism, the surgical team went straight into the serious phase of the mission to Camarines Norte. They are seen here in one of the many surgeries that they did, all for free.
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BNAA Holds 20th National Convention in Las Vegas!
This humble hovel, while unimaginable for others to seek shelter in, is the kind that so many people reside in. It is hardly a defense against the elements but not having other options forces them to make do.
Cognizant of the plight of their impoverished countrymen in
Camarines Norte, Philippines, BACNA has unrelentlessly been dispatching
aid to Camarines Norte in the form of food, clothing, books, medicine,
and many others. In January 2001, a new surgical mission is planned. BACNA
president Manny Alarcon, announces a joint venture with the volunteer Surgeons
in America led by Dr. Antonio Abiog, for this mission.
Priscilla Toribio, BNAA-President, urges for renewed vigor and unity to meet new challenges. Read President's Message
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The Bicol USA - Houston Chapter simply overwhelmed the delegates from different parts of the country with its homegrown brand of hospitatlity. Superlatives would not be enough to describe the degree of fraternity that the members have shared with their fellow Bicolanos.
by: Zayda Ordonez Baron
As in so many barrangays or towns all over Bicol, residents of Buenavista, Gubat in Sorsogon enjoy the generosity that flows from the pumpwells of BNAA.
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