Early Monday morning, July 9, when everyone else was supposed to be sound asleep in their bed, people from inside and on the outskirts of Puerto Princesa, Palawan lined up at the city coliseum of Puerto Princesa for the opening of the biggest medical mission in the province. The initiative dubbed “AWR Mega Medical Clinic” ran from July 9-11.
The three-day medical mission, a joint effort of Adventist World Radio (AWR) and LifeSource International Medical Clinics, a humanitarian service associated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, aims to give a wide range of free medical services to the Palawan people. Services such as dental care, medical consultation, minor surgeries, optical services, laboratory work ups, pharmacy and counseling are all available to the patients. This clinic is a preliminary event leading towards the “Palawan for Christ” evangelistic meetings which will take place in the City Coliseum from July 13-29. “Palawan for Christ” is part of the greater “Philippines for Christ” movement which will host evangelistic campaigns throughout the country this year.
The evening prior to opening day, those who lived several kilometers away from the provincial capital started traveling towards the City Coliseum in hopes of being first in line to enjoy the privileges of the free medical mission. As soon as the doors opened at 8 a.m., an initial count of 400 patients stepped in to undergo preliminary vital-sign checks.
News about the mega medical clinic spread like wild fire by word of mouth and reached far flung areas. Local media from television, radio and newspapers outlets also extended their assistance in spreading the word to Puerto Princesans.
“We see the enormity of this work, and we know the challenges that are ahead of us,” said Danilo Malabad, president of the Adventist Church in Palawan. “When we realize that we are called to do the impossible work unfolding before us, we can’t help but be more excited to see how everything will work according to His leading,” Malabad added.