Loyal Alliance for Medical Missions to the Philippines (LAMP)
We, Filipinos overseas, who have ventured to seek greener pasture abroad for our family’s survival some decades ago, and who have subsequently been blessed with success through hard work and diligence, still imbued with a great sense of attachment to our Motherland and to our fellow Filipinos, and desirous of sharing our blessings with the least among our suffering people through medical missions and helping tourism, the economic development and nation-building program of the government, do hereby proclaim our patriotic fervor and sentiment through this Manifesto.
Challenged by the grave need for medical and surgical care of the underprivileged and marginalized Filipinos languishing in the gutter of poverty in the Philippines, and our sincere desire to assist the government fill the gap in healthcare delivery and provide access to medical/surgical care for the more than 25 million neglected indigent patients in the Philippines, we, Filipinos around the world and some in the country, have established the Loyal Alliance for Medical Missions to the Philippines (LAMP) with the goal and objective of providing logistical and other assistance to the Department of Health, the PRC and other pertinent agencies and associations, in whatever capacity we can, to help streamline the organization, credentialing, mechanics, logistics, peer review, and self-policing guidelines for medical/surgical missions to the Philippines to assure quality medical care and its equitable and just delivery to the poor and needy Filipinos deserving of these vital humanitarian services.
Basic Premises, Tenets, and Proposals
Every human being deserves accessible quality healthcare, including those who cannot afford such vital medical services. Denied of standard medical care, these poor and desperate patients seek the care of local self-proclaimed herbalists, exposing these patients to potential harm and complications of crude and unproven treatment and untested substances, which could prove worse in the long run than the illnesses they are purporting to treat.
We, Filipinos overseas, salute His Excellency, President Benigno S. C. Aquino III, and Secretary of Health Enrique T. Ona, for their signature Universal Healthcare Program, PhilHealth, a lasting legacy of their administration that will benefit tens of millions of Filipinos today and the future generations, especially our poor fellowmen.
The medical manpower, expertise, and resources we, overseas volunteer physicians, nurses, and allied medical professionals have, could be harnessed, under the leadership and directive of the Department of Health, to be a part of PhilHealth’s year-round healthcare delivery to the indigents unserved or underserved around the country. The reimbursement from PhilHealth for these medical missionary services shall be paid and shared by the local health officer, the local clinic/hospital for their improvements, and a portion of the fund to be reserved as Post-Medical Mission Fund to cover expenses for needed continuing care or possible complications following the medical missions. In essence, the medical missionaries who are providing medical services for free will help boost the meager income of the local health officer or local physicians.
The logistics and details of this grand scale sustained year-round medical missions shall be developed by the DOH at its discretion, and LAMP hereby pledges its assistance and support for this proposed program.
On behalf of our marginalized fellow Filipinos who are in dire need of medical/surgical care and of the medical mission volunteers who consider it their obligation and privilege to come to the Philippines to provide such needed compassion and care, the undersigned officers and members of the Loyal Alliance for Medical Missions to the Philippines (LAMP), based in the United States, hereby beg President Benigno S. C. Aquino III of the Republic of the Philippines to issue an Executive Order to facilitate the fulfillment of this Foreign Medical Mission Program to the Philippines as an official and integral part of the universal healthcare program (thru PhilHealth) as proposed by the Loyal Alliance for Medical Missions to the Philippines (LAMP).
As overseas Filipinos, we are also keenly interested in the national development programs of his Excellency’s administration and request for guidance for safe investments in the Philippines.
Lastly, we, Filipinos oversees, proudly proclaim our full support for, and highly commend, President Aquino’s vision of “Daang Matuwid” in his war against graft and corruption in the Philippines, which is beginning to have very positive effects on the image of the Philippines and its national economy.
We, officers and members of the Loyal Alliance for Medical Missions to the Philippines, representing our respective associations, hereby affix our signature on this Manifesto, on this, the 30th day of September, 2012, in Chicago, Illinois.
Philip S. Chua, MD, FACS, FPCS
Filipino United Network - USA and the Loyal Alliance for Medical Mission to the Philippines (LAMP)
Website: www.FUN8888.com, www.philipSchua.com
Daniel C. Fabito, MD, FACS, FPCS
BAYANIHAN MEDICAL-SURGICAL MISSIONS