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Infinity O FFIC IAL N EW SLETTER OF TH E ROTARY CLUB OF MAKATI SOUTHEAST MAR 07, 2018 | RY 2017-18 | ISSUE 12

OUTSTANDING NEWSLETTER, RY 2013-2014; EXCELLENT AWARDEE, RY 2015-2016

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EYES THAT CARE

The Rotary Club of Maka Southeast par cipated in Eyes That Care, a program of the Rotary Club of Rizal West led by Opthalmologist Past President Lea Arzola...More next page 1


COVER STORY

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EYES THAT CARE By President Emmie Belmonte-Cabrales (University Instruction)

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was one of those taught by Ophthalmologist Past President Lea Arzola of RC Rizal West, on how to screen persons for vision impairment with the use of an eye chart. The chart is placed at a standard distance from the person who identifies the letters on the chart, from the larger-sized letters to progressively smaller-sized letters. The smallest size of the letters that can be reliably identified is considered the measure of the person's visual acuity. More than 150 residents of Rotary Homes in Barangay La Huerta, Paranaque City, were tested. The eyeglasses from RC Rizal West were distributed on February 24, 2018, RI District 3830’s celebration of Rotary’s 113th anniversary. Aside from the lead club RC Rizal West, the other co-hosts present were RC Paranaque St. Andrew and RC Paranaque East. PDG Sue Sta. Maria and I represented RC Makati Southeast. o 2

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Ophthalmologist Past Pres Lea Arzola of RC Rizal West

nta ves of the host clubs: Pres Emmie, Pinky , Pres Jojo Bernardo, DGE Al Montecillo, PDG Edith Bernardo, PP Rene Aquino, and PDG Cura Pres Emmie and PDG Sue

Past Pres Chary Misa of RC Rizal West 3


Pres Emmie conducts the visual acuity test

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Past Pres Chary, Pres Sheila Ablay, PDG Jimmy, DGE Al of RC Rizal West

DGE Al, Past Pres Rene, PDG Sue and PDG Jimmy

Past Pres Lea

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EYES THAT CARE Claudine Cura-Guerrero and husband Ma;hew

Rotary Homes Chair PDG Sid Garcia

DGE Al, PDG Sid, Past Pres Chary and DGN Ador Tolen no DGE Al Montecillo PDG Sue and PDG Sid

Rotarians support Eyes That Care

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very year, there is a search for the Ten Oustanding Students of the Philippines (or TOSP). The search for the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines honors graduating college students who have not only excelled academically, but have also dedicated themselves to serve their respective communities, organizations, and other spheres of interaction. It is the domain of young, dedicated servant-leaders who have heeded the call of leading and serving. TOSP was founded by Jose Concepcion Jr. of the RFM Foundation, Inc. TOSP’s screening committee is composed executives and professionals from 6


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government and private corporations. Those who belong to the TOSP family are assured of a bright future, being considered as among the brightest in the country. The search involves hundreds of nominated students from educational institutions all over the Philippines, but only a few make it to the national screening process. RC Makati Southeast’s Charm Banzuelo was one of the top 20 finalists to the TOSP in 2016. We are as proud of her as her alma mater, Assumption College-San Lorenzo, from where she graduated as magna cum laude. Our enchanting Charm is presently in the print media industry. Her TOSP family met recently in one of their regular reunions to celebrate their friendships and update each other on their careers and advocacies. We are proud of you, Charm! o — PDG Sue Sta. Maria, FPM 7


MARCH IS WATER & SANITATION MONTH

A HUMAN RIGHT By Past Pres Leigh Obed, M.D. (Medicine)

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lean water and sanitation is a human right. When people, especially children, have access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, they lead healthier and more successful lives. This is the International.

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In the photos on these pages, Filipino boys struggle to keep their heads above water while they swim in a river thick with garbage. These children are just a handful of the thousands of young Filipinos risking their lives in the heavily polluted water. The World Health Organization (WHO) reveals that 25% of all global deaths of children under five are due to unhealthy or polluted environments including dirty water. 88


Such unsanitary and polluted environments can lead to fatal cases of diarrhea, malaria and pneumonia, and killS 1.7 million children a year, according to the WHO. The WHO’s report is called “Don’t pollute my future! The impact of the environment on children’s health.” ...More next page 9 9


“Their developing organs and immune systems, and smaller bodies and airways, make children especially vulnerable to dirty air and water,� reports the WHO. The report also said that harmful exposure can start in the womb, and then continue if infants and toddlers are exposed to indoor and outdoor pollution. 10 10


MARCH IS WATER & SANITATION MONTH

A HUMAN RIGHT This increases their childhood risk of pneumonia as well as their lifelong risk of chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma. Pollution also increases the lifelong risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer. The report also noted that in households without access to safe water and sanitation, children are prone to diarrhea and pneumonia. In addition, not everyone has access to proper sanitation and hygiene. This is mostly due to water contaminated by fecal matter because many families still lack toilets. It is said that unsafe water kills more people than violence and wars each year. Combined with poor sanitation, unsafe water is the world’s second biggest cause of children’s deaths. We can do our part through simple habits: Do not pour fat from cooking or any other type of fat, oil, or grease down the sink. Keep a “fat jar” under the sink to collect the fat and discard in the solid waste when full. Avoid using the toilet as a wastebasket. Tissues, wrappers, dust cloths, and other paper goods should be properly discarded in a wastebasket. Many families wash their dishes and utensils with nothing but water from improvised water sources; we need soap. On a bigger scale, let’s continue to help those who have less in life through our Rotary Clubs. Let’s remember that it is the human right of each person and each child to have clean water and sanitation. o 11 11


MARCH IS WATER & SANITATION MONTH

An Aeta family in Cabangan. Photo by PDG Sue Sta. Maria

TOILETS FOR AETA FAMILIES By Past Pres Noemi Cruz, Project Chair (Homeopathy)

RC Makati Southeast was led to Sitio Maporac, an Aeta tribal community in Cabangan, Zambales. It is a community that needs serious help for water, sanitation and hygiene facilities. Sitio Maporac is located along the sandy mountainside of the southern part of Barangay New San Juan in Cabangan, Zambales. 12


Majority of the sitio’s population are descendants of the Aeta tribes though most of the members are neither black nor curly due to cross-marriage, migration, socialization and socio- economic development that, in one way or another, affected their physical attributes. Upland farming, fishing, hunting, cogon grass trading and charcoal-making are the major means of making a living in the area. Products such as vegetables, banana, charcoal and root crops are transported to the market 5 kilometers away from the sitio. The means of transportation available are tricycle and bicycle but most of the people walk to reach the town proper to save on transportation payment. 80% of the population belong in the low wage earner category with an average monthly income of Php 3,000 while 20% have higher income ranging from Php 3,500 to Php 10, 000 per month. The income per household is way below the poverty level since the monthly income per household is only Php 3,000 to Php 3,500 per month. 79% of the population live below the poverty threshold. Cabangan needs help in wash, sanitation and hygiene. The need is also affecting economic and livelihood development in the area. There are only two toilets for 200 families or 1,200 individuals The toilets are strategically spread to accommodate the majority of families. None of the families have their own own toilets. The Aetas defecate and urinate in the bushes or where available. The practice is very unhealthy and indignifying.

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you. ― John Bunyan, Christian writer and preacher, author of “Pilgrim’s Progress”

The Rotary Club of Makati Southeast is presently building two more toilets in Cabangan to enable more families in the Aeta community to learn hygienic toilet habits.o 13


The Rotary Club of Maka$ Southeast is a non-profit organiza$on of professionals and business people dedicated to helping the needy through the core values of Rotary—service, friendship and fellowship, diversity, integrity and leadership. The club and its past presidents are recipients of awards of excellence.

The Four-Way Test OF THE THINGS we think, say or do: 1) Is it the TRUTH? 2) Is it FAIR to all concerned? 3) Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? 4) Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

The Object of Rotary THE OBJECT of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster: FIRST The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service; SECOND High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society; THIRD The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life; FOURTH The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

Infinity OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF MAKATI SOUTHEAST

Execu ve Editor GREAT PRES EMMIE BELMONTE-CABRALES Editor-in-Chief/Crea ve Design PDG SUE STA. MARIA

Rotarian Code of Conduct

Contributors GP EMMIE BELMONTE-CABRALES PDG SUE STA. MARIA, FPM PP ALEX LISTANA, PME PP LEIGH OBED, MD PP NOEMI CRUZ WWW.ROTARY.ORG

The following code of conduct has been adopted for the use of Rotarians: AS A ROTARIAN, I will

1) Act with integrity and high ethical standards in my personal and professional life 2) Deal fairly with others and treat them and their occupations with respect. 3) Use my professional skills through Rotary to: mentor young people, help those with special needs, and improve people’s quality of life in my community and in the world. 4) Avoid behavior that reflects adversely on Rotary or other Rotarians.

Publisher ROTARY CLUB OF MAKATI SOUTHEAST

To God be the Glory!

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12 infinity mar 7, 2018 eyes that care  

Official newsletter of the Rotary Club of Makati Southeast, RI District 3830

12 infinity mar 7, 2018 eyes that care  

Official newsletter of the Rotary Club of Makati Southeast, RI District 3830

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