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Vol. 1 | No.4 | Cagayan de Oro City | August 27-September 2, 2012


CDO BRIEFLY Liceo U reaches out to street children by Christine H. Cabiasa

Congruent to Liceo de Cagayan University’s core value on community service, the Liceo Center for Community Development (LCCD) together with the faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences and the third year and fourth year Mass Communication students conducted an outreach program for street children of Calabrian Children’s Foundation at Kauswagan on August 18. The Calabrian Children's Foundation of Poor Servants of Divine Providence houses abandoned street children from Bukidnon, this city and other parts of Misamis Oriental. Around 25 kids, ages 5-16 years joined the event wherein games and fun-filled activities were prepared by the Maskomistas. After the games, distribution of snacks followed. “It’s nice to see them happy even though we just did a small effort but for them it counts a lot”, Rosanchu Blanila, a Maskomista said.

MOOG, LAGUINDINGAN, MISAMIS ORIENTAL - The sunrise near the future airport site tells us a story of a new beginning; personally, spiritually and environmentally. Every day is a brand new start, shall we also start now in keeping our natural resources safer? We should, we must. Photo by CARLO ROMERO, OPS

Not Worth the Salt:

Kagay-anons need radical lifestyle change in diet By MIKE BAÑOS

Food Photography by

Rol ando U. Gironell a, Jr.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITYWith one of the highest incidence of hypertension in the country today, the director of the city’s leading heart center is advocating a radical lifestyle change for Kagay-anons, specifically with regards to the salt in their dishes. “ We h av e a l i f e s t y l e problem,” said Dr. Renato R. Alagadan, director of the Laureana San Pedro Rosales Heart Institute at the Capitol University Medical City (CUMC). “We are very fond of salt and in fact in the first study conducted by the Philippine Heart Association dubbed Presyon 1 in 1997, Region X was the top region in the country with the highest incidence of hypertension.” Dr. Alagadan cites the latest available nationwide survey Presyon 2: Target Organ Damage conducted by the Philippine Heart Association (PHA) in 2006 which show that one of every five adult Filipinos or 21 percent is hypertensive. Northern Mindanao ranks fourth among the regions with a prevalence equivalent to the national level of one out of every five persons being

hypertensive together with Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Central Visayas and Eastern Visayas. Metro Manila has the highest rate with one out of ever y three residents hypertensive, followed by Southern Tagalog (26 percent) and Bicol Region (23 percent). “With our fondness for humba, lechon, ginamos, bulad and itlog pula, to mention a few, it’s no wonder we are registering a rising number of cardiac patients,” Dr. Alagadan noted. Hypertension builds blood pressure in the arteries, the network of vessels that carry blood from the heart to all tissues and organs of the body. High blood pressure in itself is not a killer but can lead to fatal complications. A rise in the systolic and/or diastolic blood pressure increases the risk of developing heart disease, kidney disease, hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis or arteriosclerosis), eye damage, and brain damage. These damage vital body organsresulting in end-organ damageas a result of chronic high blood pressure.

In fact, Dr. Alagadan notes how Northern Mindanao, and more specifically, Cagayan de Oro, is so infamous for its high prevalence of hypertension that drug companies have been known to conduct sales drives or launching events for their anti-hypertensive drugs in the city to ensure a greater degree of success for their medications. Presyon 2 notes the world market for anti-hypertensive drugs has risen to a staggering $60 billion a year. Individuals at the prehypertension stage would benefit from lower blood pressure by changing their lifestyles –but giving up smoking, coffee and saltrich foods often result in backsliding to the old bad habits after a while, studies show. “Cut down on your use of toyo, patis, suka, ketchup and hot /chili sauces which are all high on salt and sodium,” cautions Dr. Alagadan. “Go easy with your dips, limit intake of fast foods such as burgers and pizza which are also high in salt and sodium.” Carsten Radke, the German ...SALT page 7

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MR-XUH inaugurates new building T

The facade of the new building of Maria Reyna-Xavier University Hospital

he Maria ReynaXavier University Hospital (MR-XUH) on August 20 blessed and inaugurated a new threestorey building, which houses an additional 30 private patient rooms and a cafeteria. Archbishop Antonio Ledesma SJDD led the rite of blessing assisted by MR-XUH President Fr Roberto C Yap SJ and Fr Gil Escalante. The private rooms are spacious and very modern. Each room has a stand-by medical apparatus, a sleeping chair, telephone and wall-mounted cable television to ensure the most comfort for the patient. The cafeteria, on the other hand, is cozy and has an al fresco dining. This newly-completed project is just one of the many carefully laid out plans that the hospital board has in store for MR-XUH, revealed Sr Zeta Caridad Rivero, Sisters of St Paul of Chartres Provincial Superior. Another five-storey infrastructure, the Medical Arts building, which incorporates environment and energy efficient

designs, is already under construction. Just this July, MR-XUH received a container van full of medical equipment and supplies worth over $300,000 from various national and international benefactors, among them Med Share International, Filipino Community of Guam, Ayuda Foundation, the People of Guam and Smart Communications, Inc. T h e s e n e w developments at MR-XUH are aimed at providing better “service to those who are in need of medical care, in the same way that the Lord came to heal all of us,” said Bp Ledesma. Fr Yap had said at the turn-over of the medical equipment that “as a Catholic hospital, our service to the poor and the needy has to be robust.” MR-XUH is a collaboration between the Sisters of St Paul de Chartres, Xavier University and the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro. It serves as the base hospital for the XU School of Medicine and the College of Nursing.

Fr. Roberto Yap SJ, MR-XUH president with Ms. Leah Santos, representing the Filipino Community and People of Guam, and Sr. Ma Celeste Rivas SPC, MR-XUH hospital administrator, showing the contents of one of several boxes of donated medical supplies and equipment. Archbishop Antonio Ledesma, SJ DD giving words of thanks at the blessing

XU and MR-XUH President Father Bobby Yap blessing the new cafeteria

VIVA! SEÑOR SAN AGUSTIN !!! Puntod National High School and West City Central Elementary School each took home the P50,000 cash prize as they emerged as the grand winners of the P.E. Rhythmic Dance Competition of the Kagay-an Festival 2012 held on Aug. 25 at the Pelaez Sports Center where 10,000 students joined the contest and witnessed by a huge crowd. CIO PHOTO


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Around MisOr Thumbs up for BALSA Mindanao by Christine H. Cabiasa


TAGOLOAN RIVER BASIN - Regional Director Rene K. Burdeos of the Department of the and Interior Local Government (DILG10) stresses his agency’s role in Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM). This, as he opens the Tagoloan River Basin Collaboration Workshop at the N Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City, August 22, this year. Photo by Justine D Llano/asf

eeping the wave on helping the less fortunate, Christian, charity and humanitarian organizations in the Philippines are established. And all of them have this bull’s eye target--- to succor people who belong to the grassroots and to the depressed socio-economic bowl, some below poverty line. From RP-Mission and Development Foundation Inc., to Tingog Kabataan Foundation, help organizations caters to all ages from different walks of life specifically the indigents. Not known to all, there’s an alliance of concerned citizens from church-based organiz ations to pr ivate groups in Mindanao which focuses on people’s mobilization for disaster response and climate justice and alleviation of humanitar ian cr isis, the BALSA Mindanao. The Group BALSA Mindanao (Bulig Alang sa Mindanao/Help for Mindanao) is a Mindanao-

wide network of church and church-based organizations, schools, disaster response concerned team, non government organizations, professional groups, youth and students, groups of women, party lists, different institutions and concerned individuals. It is a citizen-led response to the immense humanitarian c r i s i s b ro u g h t a b o u t by Typhoon Sendong and other catastrophes experienced by the people particularly on the facet of environmental condition of Mindanao. BALSA means either the “bamboo water raft” or the “carabao-drawn cart” both symbolize people’s resilience and determination to survive. Starting Point BALSA takes off f rom t h e e f f o r t s o f t h e Rural Missionaries of the Philippines-Northern Mindanao and Panday Bulig NGO which pioneered the humanitarian campaign for Northern Mindanao. It takes inspiration from and is theref ore a continuation of the national

citizen-led disaster response called BALSA (Bayanihan alay sa Sambayanan) in the aftermath of Typhoon Ondoy in Luzon in 2009. In Mindanao, it was after Typhoon Sendong in which they had a response through relief and rehabilitation actions for the S endong survivors. However, it does not only end af ter ever y typhoon but beyond Sendong and continues up to the present. Their Advocacy According to Mr. Aldeem Yañe z, media liaison of BALSA Mindanao, their advocacy is on the limelight of changing the people’s attitude towards the environment and the call for climate justice. This is so after the Typhoon Sendong in which everyone’s eye is that it is a natural phenomenon and it is mainly because of the people at fault of not taking care the environment. To add, the group also calls to stop illegal mining and deforestation and other destructive actions on our environment that is why they opposed mining

policies and land expansions for corporations and other business entities to till lands for their own interest. Upholding environment c o n s e r v a t i o n , BA L S A Mindanao relies on a stream of volunteers from all over Mindanao, who bring with them various expertise and contributions needed to help empower and rebuild affected communities. BALSA Mindanao also proposes bills which will help save and conserve our Mother Nature. Part of their proposal is to pass the People’s Mining Bill endorsed by Bayan Muna and other progressive party lists in the Congress. Now, BALSA Mindanao continues it advocacy through partnerships with different non-government organizations and private institutions to help others. To remember, the group initiated an activity in celebration of Global Earth Day, once again calling to save Mother Earth and our environment. As a student, I call for “No to another Sendong”.

VIVA! SEÑOR SAN AGUSTIN !!! RESPONSIBLE PARENTHOOD - Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma of Cagayan de Oro City urges couples to consistently accept the natural family planning (NFP) methods. This, during the forum on Responsible Parenthood and Natural Family Planning at the Patrick Cronin Formation Center , Aug. 21. The archbishop is a strong promoter of RPM/NFP in this part of the country. Photo by Justine Llano


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in focus

Engaged Mission:

The Reality of Servant Leaders



By Jett Torres

iving young people new eyes to discover the wonder of its culture of service is a distinct reality of a servant leader in our society. They continue to trudge the complexity of changing world and the rhetoric way of expressing one’s desire to inspire others to promote social justice especially the people who are deprived from their own rights. It is clear that one who has the desire to adapt the kind of culture in the new generation of our society is the means of employing the influence of education. Education means to form people in the culture of their own heart, to train them in self-discipline and to help them grow in respect for and commitment to their fellow men in solidarity. Making a definite commitment to a new direction and anything that contributes to the

needs of the people. There are individuals who have been influential and significant to raise the awareness in our city concerning the children in the street. Bridging their own dreams able them to increase their self – confidence and appreciation of their own struggles. The desire to bring together the people in friendship and peace in our city is apparently the goal to ignite the spirit of diverse culture as we step forward despite of the calamity we experienced. The collective effort of the people drives the contentment and progress in our city – the city of golden friendship. Remembering the struggles of our heroes lead to a new novel of hope, and to celebrate the festivities of our patron St Augustine in our city with the desire to be engaged in mission.

Yo u n g p ro fe s s i o n a l s ex p l a i n the correct spelling to the park attendants in Divisoria. Their motivation to educate the outof-school youth in the city is the manifestation of continuing effort to bridge their dreams.

Arniel Daluz is an advocate of peace building. He teaches values formation to out-of-school youth in Divisoria.

Mellany Almen Hugo is a registered nurse. She regularly teaches the street children in basic coloring. She believes that sharing her knowledge is an alternative way to appreciate the importance of education.

Music Education is Important Today’s generation of kids are blessed because the K to 12 curriculum gives emphasis on music and arts. Now kids may not realize this emphasis, that music education is important but for sure in the long run they will be thanking their music and art teachers. Music education is more than just introducing students to beats, notes and songs. Instead, it completely transforms a child`s mind and opens up endless possibilities to their learning potential. According to research, a notable study on music and the brain, the Mozart Effect, began as a college research experiment. College students were given the chance to listen to ten minutes of a piano sonata before completing a test. The assessment involved tasks such as finding the patterns in both numbers and objects. The result showed that with just ten minutes of music, their skills were improved. Seeing these results, the study was extended to preschoolers with a puzzle. Again, those listening to music before the task tended to perform better. Each of these examples suggests that music can have a direct effect on a person`s learning. Several studies and surveys have demonstrated that students` academic

scores in subjects, such as math, were greatly improved when they were able to participate in some form of music education program. In other subjects, it was noted that students are less likely to draw conclusions that were completely unfounded. Generally speaking music is beneficial to each of us but music education gives more benefits to the students. Ears and vocal cords are not the only parts of the body used in music class. From tapping out patterns of sounds with their hands to testing out an instrument, students are working on hand-eye coordination. This becomes even more pronounced as students look to read music and perform the notes with various instruments. Besides academics and specific subjects, students with music education tend to completely change their outlook on education, learning and their own performance. They see the experience as more beneficial and even see themselves as more successful because of their newfound skills. M o r e o v e r, m u s i c education contributes to self discipline that may not only be applied in music but in other areas of life as well. Furthermore it also helps shaping the attitude of a person towards music and his character as a whole.

Villa Foundation a CSR (corporate social responsibilty) affiliate of Camella Homes won the first place in the "PAMULAK SA KADAYAWAN" float competition in the recently concluded the Kadayawan Festival held in Davao City.

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Shoe dreaming in Misamis Oriental


NE of the less explored small and medium enterprises that have not been given importance in Mindanao is the footwear industries for the more than 25 Millions Mindanaons. Most of the footwear merchandise that we see displayed in the Malls is imported product coming from the Peoples Republic of China. Even used second hand shoes haggled at the Ukay-Ukay stalls are Hongkong if not Korean brand. Lucky if a Philippine shoe product from Marikina finds its place of competitiveness against the imported foot wears flooding the market. The Philippines particularly Mindanao have abundant source of raw hide leather products th a t c o m es fr om the cattle’s of Bukidnon or the skins of the crocodiles grown in the Crocodile Farms in Davao. Various livestock industries have the capacity to provide the raw materials. Goat skins are fine leather but we like to cook and eat them as “Papaitan”. We have good designers that have earned accolades in the international fashion scenes abroad yet Philippine shoe products are unheard or unseen in the local and international scene. I remember in the early 80’s when the former First Lady Imelda R. Marcos

used to order dozens of shoes from the local Marikina producers to be worn for her countless trips abroad. She was widely criticized for extravagance and branded as Imeldefic. Few took credits that she was advertising and promoting Philippine made foot wears abroad. Nobody took notice that when the Philippine Trade Center was opened in New York which was housed at the famous World Trade Center, Philippine shoe products were prominently displayed. The Philippine Trade Center was long closed when the World Trade Center was destroyed in the famous 9/11 infamy of the American history. The footwear industry is the most important economic activity next to food and clothing. People moved and travel with all types of shoes and footwear’s in their daily lives. We can afford not to have a motor vehicle or a suite but we cannot do without a shoe. Even the farmers and indigenous people from far flung mountains need a boot or a slipper to put on. We provide our children a minimum of three types of foot wears for their use and protective comfort. The same pragmatic thinking for an average adult Filipino to own 3 types of footwears, a slipper or sandals, a

leather shoes and a rubber shoes. Why were we not able to produce a single shoe manufacturing company in Mindanao to deliver the 75 million pairs of footwear yearly worn by more than 25 million Mindanaons? Or maybe we like to wear only the brand associated with Hush Puppies, La Coste, Nike, Adidas or what we see and promoted on TVs? With the Board of Investments (BOI) doing bilateral trade talks and trade pacts with the economies worldwide, the possibility of a Nike or the Milton Florsheim shoe product can be manufactured at the Phividec industrial estate in Misamis Oriental. Economic Processing Zones have tax perks from the government that should redound to lower commodity prices in the market. However, this will need initiatives from the local government to look for investors to realize our dreams. Ironically, we heard of many local officials travels for trade mission abroad but we never knew whom they have linked. We only see good sceneries posted on their Facebook accounts as places liked and visited that does not really distinguish and separate them from the Tourist that we are?



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ourselves the way we want to be treated, online or off. To bully a bully back is never the answer to end this cycle of torture. A person might have committed a grave mistake in real time and off cyberspace, let us just leave it at that and let the government do their job. Last August 19, World Humanitarian Day is observed to end injustice, hate, discrimination and conflict among peoples of the world. I for one joined the call to make our voices heard and stand up for what is right and respect every person and give humanity a chance to be one. I signed up for the cause and promised to help end bullying especially in cyberspace. I am not a victim yet but I have seen so many people being crushed by this unfair treatment. I hope you are with me and let us do our share to stop all forms of violence. Whatever we say or do in the virtual world will create repercussions and may leave a deep impact to one person. As one Filipino TV network advocates, “think before you click.” Got comments and suggestions? Please feel free to drop me a note at owen.jaen@gmail. com! Have a great week everyone! Cheers!

The Cock: A Literary Specimen for Cultural Pattern and Communication Study



In a 2006 Cyber Bullying Information from Michigan State, cyber bullying is defined as “the use of modern communication technologies to embarrass, humiliate, threaten, or intimidate an individual in the attempt to gain power and control over them. Bullying is all about power, the imbalance and abuse of power. Bullying is not a personality conflict it’s abuse.” Ganging up on one person (good or bad) by flooding negative and derogatory comments over the internet can further cause harm than good. It does not end the violence or crime but opens new doors to emotionally and physically inflict pain on the person being attacked. Cyber bullying is now the fastest growing trend in bullying among teens. This form is even scarier than other types because it is not bound by time and place. A person may be bullied around the clock and may haunt him/her even inside the comforts of home. Furthermore, the global scope of social media has increased the audience of one’s humiliation. Totally not cool, I say. As the people of the world become closer through the global cyber village, we must all exercise self-restraint and composure and present




came acr o ss a post on Facebook about a man caught on camera attacking and publicly humiliating an MMDA Officer. This incident on the road has caught the eyes of Filipino netizens and lashed back on the outraged man via social media. Facebook comments came pouring in trying to console the officer as well as getting back with the person with hate messages and rude comments. This outburst of hate over the internet is another case of cyber bullying. With the onset of social media and its rapid growth over the years, people have turned to platforms like Twitter and Facebook to vent out their emotions, positive or negative. With this new outlet, we have all become vulnerable to being bullied or worse, we now have an alternative avenue to bully others. These days, we no longer need to face someone in person to cause harm emotionally and mentally. All you need is an internet device and a network connection to make your presence felt. Scary? You bet. This is happening for years and have increased incidence lately. But how do we know if we ourselves have become a cyber-bully?


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n o t h e r cul t u r a l pattern and co mm u ni ca t i o n th eories th at can be used to describe the Vietnamese as reflected in the fiction The Cock are Edward Stewart’s

activity orientation and world orientation. It is evident that the young woman, being the protagonist, with her lover commits defiance from the immobile society through their discre et activity

which is forbidden. St ewa r t ’ s a c t i v i t y orientation is about how human actions are viewed through the activities one is engaged. Now, one would ask if the discreet affair of the young woman

with the poor young man an activity that makes her a ‘good member’ of a culture. In the story, one of the lover’s trysts is near the daughter’s father’s rice field.

Another day we had found a trysting-place at the foot of a big straw-stack, from which we could look out over the endless reaches of my father’s rice fields, the obstacle to our marriage. The passage above is an evidence of activity or ie n tat ion , a n d o n e could ask whether the family or the members of the village and their suspicions, conjectures and speculations about her discreet affairs could change her life. One point about the Vietnamese culture is about misconduct. The misconduct of the young

lady is blamed not only on herself but also on her family and ancestors. It is true among Vietnamese that the “family is the most important factor in their value system.” It is also true that “by virtue of collective and mutual responsibility, the individual strives to be the pride of a family (” In Vietnamese culture,

the individual is taught, at very young age, to forget about the self for the sake of the family for its welfare and harmony. In this case, one may point out that with the young woman’s discreet affair with the poor man can be an example of a ‘becoming’ orientation. Sh e ch a n g e s a n d deviated herself from what has be en in the

central concept of family in Vietnamese culture that is filial piety. According to their culture, if an individual does not have filial piety, “he or she will be lo oked down and ostracized not only by her family but also by the community (” Th e yo u n g wo m a n must have made some sacrifices for her family.

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L ifestyle

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media competitions within the current school year. The 21 participants from Tablon Elementary School and Lapasan Central Elementary School learn the fundamentals in broadcasting through a specially designed Training on Broadcasting with Focus on News Scriptwriting Module by veteran trainer Joe Felicilda. The BWM Media Center also facilitates trainings

for in-school print and broadcast journalists with in-house seasoned media practitioners at the helm to give the young journalists a real feel of the media industry. For inquiries about the facility, trainings, and workshops at BWM Media C ent er pl ease contac t Mr. Dante Sudaria at 09177121424 or email at businessweekmindanao@

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O s te o p o ro s i s i s o n e condition that we could do without. If one were to hold a bone in one’s hands, it wouldn’t be that easy to break it. As a matter of fact, I would need a bone saw just to cut it and be able to examine the i n n e r m o s t p o r t i o n s, and would require my energies to finish one! But, in osteoporosis, the bone is easy to break as it is weak and brittle. Normally, bone, being a living tissue is constantly absorbed and replaced. As people age, bone mass is lost faster than it is created. The inability to replace that which is lost may result into a weaker bone. It is during childhood and early adulthood that one should have invested in what we call his/ her bone bank, so that, when he/she ages, one can draw from its deposits and thus, minimize the risk of developing osteoporosis. With very little deposit to draw on, as one ages, then the probabilit y of having the disease, is compounded if one were to have any of these risk factors: a history of osteoporosis in the family, medications like prolonged intake of steroids, and certain anti cancer drugs. Women during menopause is at greater risk and is attributed to hormonal changes. Men who are undergoing treatment for Prostatic c a n ce r a r e l i k e l y to develop brittle bones too. The spine, hips and wrist are the most commonly affected bones. Back pains, a hunched forward posture and fractures

are complications that is bothersome. It is worth remembering that to have a fracture at this age is so depressing as it limits one’s mobility and healing tak es a longer period of time as compared to when one is younger and with no associated osteoporosis. To check on one’s risk for developing osteoporosis, one may undergo a test that will determine bone density. The most popular and common diagnostic tool that is simple to perform, with fast results and non invasive is the Dual Energy X Ray Absorptiometer (DXA). Treatment is directed towards what is the underlying cause or risk factor. But, then again, why suffer from it, when there are preventive measures that one may do? Lifestyle choices will have an impact on one’s future health status: eating foods rich in calcium( simple diets like sardines and green leafy vegetables like my favourite camote tops salad, is food for the bones), with the aid of sunlight and Vitamin D (essential for the calcium to be absorbed by the body ), and exercise. Shying away from too much alcoholic beverages is important as alcohol interferes with the body’s ability to absorb calcium. And, when one reaches the age of 50’s and beyond, wearing sensible low heeled non slip shoes, and making one’s home a friendly and safe place to be: keeping the floors dry, free of unwanted electrical cords, brightly lit areas, and hand bars to hang on to.




...SALT from page 1 chef of the La Vetta Wine Bar and Restaurant, notes how restaurants in Switzerland where he used to work before don’t use MSGs and salt but instead use healthier alternatives such as herbs and spices. “Besides our fondness for salt, our sedentar y and stress-filled lifestyles arising for our obsession with internet surf ing and the proliferation of fast food chains have significantly contributed to the rise of hypertension risk across age brackets that it’s no longer uncommon to see very young people die from heart attack and stroke arising from h y p e r t e n s i o n ,” D r. Alagadan said. However, perhaps it is fortuitous that the LSR Heart Institute at CUMC is now operational to at least help mitigate what could only be properly termed a lifestyle epidemic. “Our facility aims to empower local cardiologists to do the needed surgical and other medical procedures locally to save patients the additional risk and expense of having their op e r at i ons d on e i n Manila or Cebu,” said Ms. Rosalinda R. Deleste, CUMC President and Administrator. The Laureana San Pedro Rosales Heart Institute is named in honor of the late Madame Laureana Rosales, the founder of Capitol University and the CCC Hospital, progenitor of the CUMC. Ms. Deleste cited recent studies in the United Kingdom and the US which indicate a correlation between the patient’s travel distance to the hospital with increased risk of mortality and how patients traveling long distances to the hospital spend more and incur higher hospital charges than patients residing nearby. "If a person suffers from heart attack, a patient will have a golden period for 90 minutes within which his chances of recovery are still good,” said Dr. Jan Denton A. Chua, president/ CEO of HB Calleja National Heart Institute which was instrumental in the establishment of the LSRHI. “Now the patient and his family need not worry about getting to the hospital in time since this facility will be nearby.” With the GE OEC 9000, one of the most advanced mobile Catherization Laboratory technology equipment, the LSR Heart Institute’s Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory (Cath Lab) enables local cardiologists to perform interventional cardiology, i nte r ve nt i on a l r a d i ol o g y an d endovascular neurosurger y procedures. These include coronary angiograms (X-rays of the heart’s arteries using a special dye) and angioplasty (insertion of a small balloon to widen a blocked artery in the heart).

At its st ate-of-t he-ar t cardiovascular operating room the surgical team can perform heart bypass and repair damaged heart valves on both adult and pediatric patients. Already, the LSRHI has performed seven open heart surgeries since its opening and no less than 29 other procedures (excluding angiograms)

two angioplasties, four permanent pace maker insertions, including one emergency, as in life threatening condition requiring the immediate in stallion of a battery. The LSRHI cardiac surgical team is led by Dr. Jose Joaquin Hernandez, a certified thoracic cardiovascular surgeon who teams up with surgeons from the Philippine Heart Center and Philippine General Hospital while Dr. Victor Peña, interventional cardiologist/certified angiographer, heads the angio team with back-ups from St. Lukes and Angeles University Foundation Medical Center. “Hospitals should be a patient’s last recourse due to the huge amount of money needed for these procedures,” notes Dr. Alagadan. “We have not yet reached the level of awareness where government would subsidize health services such as these.” Instead, Dr. Alagadan advocates “Wellness or Preventive Cardiology” to help people at risk avoid expensive s u r g e r y, h o s p i t a l i z at i o n a n d medication. Among the projects LSRHI is already implementing is to help the regional PHA chapter headed by Dr. Rodrigo Alenton educate people on the risks of hypertension during Heart Month every February and small advocacies through the Philippine College of Physicians (PCP) and groups like AKBAY led by Dr. Art Surdilla which is active in educating stroke victims along with their families and relatives. By itself, LSRHI is creating an Outpatient Department in Cardiology


which will help educate hypertensive patients and their relatives on how to prevent the onset and progression of the disease since Dr. Alagadan notes small advocacies such as these work best with small groups. LSR HI – creating an OPD in cardiology – help educate patients and their relatives At present, there are ten active adult and three pediatric cardiologists in Cagayan de Oro and 30 cardiologists of both disciplines in Northern Mindanao under the aegis of the Philippine Hear t Ass o ciation Northern Mindanao. “LSRHI is committed to enhancing the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases in the region as wel l as i mprove patient compliance,” D r. A l a g a d an s ai d. “ We h av e r e s i d e nt experts and visiting consultants and the latest technology to provide accurate diagnosis and advanced treatment of cardiovascular diseases. Because we are located n e a r o u r p a t i e n t s’ residences, follow-up care is more convenient, af ford able and less stressful for patients and their family.” I n i t i a l l y, M r. Alagadan said LSRHI S.UY will be focusing on low risk procedures with the higher risk cases referred to more established heart institutes in Manila and Cebu such as the HB Calleja Heart Institute which provides it with technical support and the infrastructure such as machines, gadgets and training for local doctors. “Calleja National Heart Institute has been very pleasantly surprised with the performance of LSRHI and is very proud of the performance of the medical and nursing staff of the entire center,” observes Dr. Chua “Now that LSRHI has the proper tools and skills, early diagnosis and catching of these diseases have become more accessible for the patients of Northwestern Mindanao.” Besides the OPD for Cardiology, another LSRHI project in the pipeline is a training institute that would establish a strong residency programs for local doctors which they would want to accredit with the Philippine College of Cardiologists and PCP in the near future. “Despite the great start, there is still a lot of ground to cover as there are so many people who are suffering from cardiovascular diseases. Prevention and patient a w a r e n e s s o f s i g n i f i c a nt r i s k factors remain to be one of t h e m o s t i mp or t ant t h i ng s i n improving cardiovascular health,” D r. C h u a s a i d .” We c o n t i n u e to support the efforts of the LSRHI as we work together in empowering cardiovascular care nationwide.”

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