PSG Returns to Naga City, Cebu for Inauguration of Second Handwashing Station and Christmas Gift Giving

Philippine Society of Gastroenterology (PSG) President Dr. Felipe Gozar Duque and PSG Treasurer Dr. Teresita Cabreira returned to Naga City, Cebu on December 19, 2019 for the inauguration and turnover ceremony of the second handwashing station in Naga National High School.

The PSG delegation was accompanied by the GI Cebu group represented by Dr. Judy Lao-Tan and Dr. Enjel Gabriel. They were welcomed by school officials and members of the Rotary Club of Cebu Naga Central and their spouses.

Dr. Duque and Dr. Cabreira first visited Naga City last October 29, 2019 to inspect the construction of the handwashing stations. The “Malinis na Kamay, Malusog na Buhay” Handwashing Stations Project is being implemented for the benefit of students and teachers affected by the landslide that occurred in Naga City on September 20, 2018. Project beneficiaries are the Naga Central Elementary School and Naga National High School. The construction of the handwashing stations is being financed through a donation from Dr. Kentaro Sugano, President of the Asian Pacific Association of Gastroenterology (APAGE).

During the inauguration and turnover ceremony, Dr. Duque gave a speech on behalf of APAGE and PSG. Over a sumptuous lunch, the PSG delegation discussed potential tie-ups with local school officials and RC Cebu Naga Central on GI-related projects. The culminating activity was the “Wish mo, Bigay ko” Christmas gift-giving activity for the benefit of the Patag Elementary School pupils who reside near the landslide site. The PSG delegation was warmly welcomed by around 150 pupils who received toys, clothes, rubber shoes, and other goodies that they had specifically requested. The PSG delegation was served delicious Cebuano delicacies.

The PSG thanks RC Cebu Naga Central President Engr. Danilo Antonio, Dr. Lao-Tan, and Dr. Gabriel for supporting the successful event.

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The Philippine Society of Gastroenterology envisions itself as an organization of competent gastroenterologists, imbued with a high level of moral and ethical values, committed to the practice of the specialty in the Philippines and dedicated to the high standards of learning, training and cure of digestive disorders.