What an incredible way to start 2013! Thanks to you and thousands of others who signed my petition, the child survivors of Typhoon Pablo are now getting the much needed medical attention that had become scarce after the devastation.
Like you, I was distressed by TV reports of children dying with no access to basic medical supplies and facilities after the typhoon. This compelled me to start a petition on Change.org asking Mercury Drug to be a hero, as they were for the victims of Typhoon Ondoy.
Public awareness was raised because of your signature -- every time a person signed and left a comment, Mercury Drug was updated by Change,org. I also tweeted your comments for everyone else to see. Mercury Drug responded quickly and contacted me late December 2012. I decided to wait for their official letter before I posted the victory note.
Last Friday, Mercury Drug, in partnership with the local government, conducted a special "Operation Bigay Lunas" in Cateel, Davao Oriental. They gave free medical consultations and health screenings and distributed free antibiotics and medicines for diarrhea, colds and fever. Click here to watch the video.
They also donated 20 sacks of rice to each of the eight typhoon-stricken provinces, plus, 1,000 bags of relief goods and vitamins in Compostela Valley.
Now, it's our turn to give back. Join me in thanking Mercury Drug for taking their part in alleviating the conditions of typhoon survivors and giving them hope. May I encourage you to post a Thank You Message on Mercury Drug's Facebook page or tweet your thanks tagging @Mercury_Drug..
This is a huge win that would not have been possible if not for you who took action and did not just sit and watch idly by while our kababayans, especially the children, are struggling to survive after Typhoon Pablo. It is proof that when ordinary people like us are united, we're powerful to effect change and more importantly, save lives.
Anyone would shed a tear after watching this video. These children, spared by the typhoon, are now struggling to survive - but their lives could be saved with access to the right medical supplies.
This is why I started a campaign calling on Mercury Drug, the largest drug store chain in the country, to give back. I was so impressed after Typhoon Ondoy when they coordinated volunteer doctors to treat typhoon victims and distributed free medicines, and I believe they can do it again.
Please sign my petition asking Mercury Drug to donate medical supplies and save the child victims of Typhoon Pablo.
According to UNICEF, there are about 2.3 million children affected by the typhoon. Doctors say they need water purification tablets, anti-tetanus vaccines, antibiotics, bandages, betadine and medicines for diarrhea and other common illnesses. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DWSD) would welcome a donation from Mercury Drug and distribute supplies.
I was pleased to learn that on Dec. 6, the Pharmaceutical and Heathcare Association of the Philippines donated P4.9M worth of essential medicines to the victims of Typhoon Pablo. Mercury Drug is a member of the association, and I congratulate them on this first step. But more than a week later, this distressing news report showed me they need to do more.
ABS-CBN’s Chiara Zambrano is only giving us a glimpse of Cateel and Baganga. I am sure there are more heartbreaking stories like this in Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley that are ravaged by the typhoon.
In the face of this severe devastation, it is the children who are most vulnerable to sickness and infection.
I know that if Pinoys, especially all the Mercury Drug ‘suki’ all over the country, join and sign my petition, Mercury Drug can be a hero again to these children at risk.
To everyone, I hope your signature would also serve as a pledge that you will check your medicine box or cabinet and donate what you can to the victims of Typhoon Pablo. Bring it to your barangay center, church or to the nearest office of DSWD or Red Cross.
If you want to do good for your country, do the right thing. A simple signature will inspire your friends to do the same and will go a long way. The faster we do this, the more lives we are going to save.