NAPA VISITS THE ELDERLY OF BAHAY PUSO

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Contributed by Ivy Coronel

Date: May 10, 2018Posted by: Marionette Martinez

In coordination with the Community Development Center (CDC) headed by its Manager, Ms. Elvie Manalansan, and Ms. Estelita Bustos, Social Worker, 16 members of the Non-Academic Personnel Association (NAPA), led by Ms. Ivy Coronel, NAPA President, went to visit the lolas and lolos in Bahay Puso, Balanga, Bataan on 28 April 2018.

Bahay Puso is a House for the Elderly being managed for the Diocese of Balanga by Sr. Mary Philip Galeno, SPC, Administrator/Superior. Currently, there are about 29 elders in residence. Sr. Philip is assisted by two other SPC Sisters and a few professional care-givers. Prior to her current assignment, Sr. Philip had been Administrator of the SPC Vigil House in Iloilo and Provincial Assistant for Health Ministry in the 1990s.

Residents of the Bahay Puso are not just advanced in age, but most of them are also afflicted with disabilities: deafness, partial or full visual impairments, and learning disabilities.

The members of the association who took a day off from their work to join this volunteer group were: Aneen Andrada (Outreach Coordinator), Mary Day Tolentino, Raya Ann Sayaboc, Maria Rosario Barrera, Nimfa Budoso, Dolores Pudadera, Josephine Liberato, Nena Pasion, Magdalena Divinagracia, Nena Barrera, Teresita Razon, Roland Guibincan, Joselito Amacan, Joel Calleja, and Ms. Abigail Valenzuela (HRMTC Manager).

Though it was a brief visit, the group had a quality time with the lolos and lolas, entertaining them with dances, songs, and games and feeding them during their early lunch time.

The visit was made possible through the contributions of all the NAPA members. Aside from some goodies, a token amount was given to Sr. Philip by the group.

Sr. Philip would like to make an appeal for donors/sponsors to support Bahay Puso through cash donations. She shared that there are many locals who give material donations. However, they lack cash donations which they need to sustain their daily operations, including payment for the care-givers and staff and purchase of medicines for the residents.

For donation details, please get in touch with Ms. Elvie Manalansan.