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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Last Day and Assessment of MI, INc Medical Mission of Love


Sunrise from the Balcony of Our Terrazzo Unit #309, Bellarocca Resort, Buenavista, Marinduque










I had participated in six out of the seven medical missions of MI, Inc to the poor province of Marinduque since 1998. The 4th and 5th medical missions were managed and chaired by my wife, Macrine Nieva Jambalos Katague. She was Executive Director( 02-04) and President of MI, Inc( 04-06) at that time. In 2006, I acted as treasurer during the mission when the treasurer fainted and lost consciousness( how long we really do not know) in the bathroom of our residence at Chateau Du Mer, Amoingon due to heat stroke. She was flown to Manila via Helicopter and luckily she survived without any ill effects.

This assessment is based and compared to the previous six mission held in 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008. The first mission was held in 1996. My ratings are as follows: POOR ( Needs Improvement),GOOD and Excellent ( exceeds expectation).

Over All Performance, Planning and Effectiveness/Service- GOOD
Number of Patients Served at the Clinical Operations in the 6 Towns Good
Number of Patients Served the Hospital(minor,major & ophthalmic surgeries) Good
Overall Funding and Fund Raising Activities POOR
CHAPTER Participation/Funding(except Macusa & MABC ) POOR
Doctors and Dentist Recruitment Efforts POOR
Hospital Coordination and Communication POOR
Crowd Control, Registration and Nursing Good
Dental Operations Good
Pharmacy Operations ( except for a couple of local volunteers stealing drugs) GOOD
Local Transportation ( except for one driver stealing drugs) Good
STATISTICAL TEAM AND MANAGEMENT Good
Meals ( Breakfast) Coordination of Meals for Paid Registrants POOR
Donated LUNCHES AND DINNERS Good
WEDNESDAY Night Recognition Program POOR
Friday and Saturday Nights Dinner Reception Excellent*

* Entertainment-FR Edwin Sager Dance Troupe
* Friday Night was hosted by Gov C Reyes and V.Vice Gov Antonio Uy
* Saturday Night Dinner was hosted by Congressman Allan Velasco

Missioners Overall Satisfaction GOOD
Post Mission Rest & Recreation at the Bellarocca Resort Excellent
Scheduling of Clinical Operations ( need a midweek rest) POOR
Selection of Venues for Registration, Orientation and Recapped Meetings EXCELLENT
POST Mission Activities-Paying Bills and Distribution of Extra Drugs- GOOD

My congratulations to MI, Inc and its officers, specially to Annie Miles Jalac (President) and Mike Miciano(VP) for a job well done. My thanks to all missioners and local volunteers for their participation and service to the poor of Marinduque.
Special thanks to my sister, Agnes Katague Galvin from Maryland for her $100 contribution to this mission.

Pictures of this mission could be found in my FB page. Information on MI, Inc
visit, www.marinduqueinternational.org

Temper Tantrums and 30 Second Outburst:

I have observed that a few of our tired and exhausted missioners had temper tantrums during the whole 7 days of activities.

1. A pharmacy volunteer shouted and screamed at a local volunteer stealing drugs
2. A previous officer of the organization had a temper tantrum in Bellarocca, when she found out there was no toilet paper in one of the stall in the Ladies bathroom
3. A new volunteer from Canada had a temper tantrum when his table was not called first for the dinner buffet line in Bellarocca and Lastly,
4. I had a 30 seconds outburst regarding the management of breakfast served to the missioners as well as the non-transparency of budgeting for this 2011 mission.

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