NSVI returned to the Philippines for another 8-day mission spanning February 21-28, 2017. Seven “guest” vasectomists donated their time, lost income, and international airfare; PLUS they each donated $4000 to NSVI to help us cover vasectomy expenses and room, board, and domestic transportation for the group.
The doctors above were supported by the staff below. They ALSO donated their time, lost income, and air transportation, PLUS $1250 to cover their room, board, and domestic transportation.
We expected 400 vasectomies during the mission and actually performed 360 over the 7 days of the mission.
So we had representatives of 3 countries.
Cebu was once again our home base. But on Feb 22, four of us (Abaño, Chang, Buenafe, Suarez, and Stein) carried out a one-day mission in Manila to evaluate Mary Johnston Hospital as a prospective sites for future missions.
Our schedule was well defined:
DAY 1 (Tuesday Feb 21): Started right in at Sacred Heart Hospital, this year in the suite normally used for dialysis: well lit, great A/C, and room for 6 tables!
That evening, Ramon and Doug flew to Manila with Myrna, Jun, and Frohnie, then transited to Mary Johnson Hospital, greeted by banners, a marquis, and …
… comfortable accommodations in one of the ward rooms, complete with the already-arrived-earlier Jay Buenafe.
Day 2 (Wednesday Feb 22) – Vasectomies at Mary Johnston in Manila. Never more enthusiastic medical and support staffs … never more appreciative patients.
We formed a Manila Domestic Team and made arrangements to return in 2018.
Day 3 (Thursday Feb 23): Back in Cebu – Sacred Heart Hospital and the Provincial Jail (to help make conjugal visits more care-free) …
A lovely evening dinner hosted by Southwestern University – PHINMA President Dr. Chito Salazar and the Administration of SWU-PHINMA (PHINMA refers to PHilippine INvestment MAnagement Consultants, a widely diverse corporate conglomerate with major investments in the education sector).
Day 4 (Friday Feb 23): Many cases at SHH, followed by a feast of SE Asian food at a nearby mall.
Day 6 (Sunday Feb 25): R&R and culinary feast aboard a yacht commissioned for the day by supporters supreme Drs. Alex and Isabel Limkakeng, departing from and returning to their waterfront home on Mactan Island. The yacht was built by a colorful Aussie captain whose love of the Philippines is infectious.
Day 7 (Monday Feb 25): NSVs at the Provincial Hospital in Danao and at the Lapu-Lapu Jail on Mactan Island (2 Teams). At the jail, we performed vasectomies in the chapel, of all places, then had a fun time displaying our other strengths on the jail’s athletic equipment.
Day 8 (Tuesday Feb 28): Team 1 at SHH; Team 2 back by demand to the Lapu-Lapu Jail. Then off to our Farewell Dinner and presentation of award certificates at the Golden Cowrie Restaurant near the airport. First, before leaving the Mandarin Hotel big thanks to our #1 educator/recruiter in Cebu …
And of course the heart and soul of NSVI in the Philippines …