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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Diabeticare Center, the first diabetic care center in Cebu

According to the International Diabetes Foundation, 4.3 million Filipinos have type 2 Diabetes and 6.2 million have Impaired Glucose Tolerance (Prediabetics). A good number are undiagnosed. With these figures in mind, not only diabetes management is important. Empowerment through education is likewise necessary.

A diabetes care center in Cebu, it's first, is having education has education has it's advocacy realizing its importance. The diabetic care center is named Diabeticare Center headed by Dr. Marissa Bravo-Garcia, a diabetologist who is very passionate about diabetes awareness making it her personal advocacy.

Doc Marissa is an active staff member practicing as a Diabetologist at the Perpetual Succour Hospital who had her Clinical Fellowship in Diabetes at the Capitol Medical center under the guidance of two renowned Diabetologist in the person of Drs. Ricardo Fernando and Rima Tan.

Talking to Doc Marissa, you can tell how dedicated she is in her mission of diabetes prevention. This dedication translates to how her Diabeticare Center works.
Dr. Marissa Bravo-Garcia talking to some bloggers about diabetes
Diabeticare Center offers not just Diabetes Consultation services but also Diet Counseling with an in-house registered nutritionist dietitian. The center also has screening and monitoring services with Capillary blood sugar testing and Point-of-care HbA1c testing. The center also can also make it easy for you to secure nutritional formulas, insulins and glucometers among others for your use. Doc Marissa is very willing and has in fact, done family risk assessment and education to some of her patients' families. She is going beyond the call of duty in extending her hand to call center companies by offering to conduct diabetic lectures or caravans recognizing the high risk for diabetes among the said group due to potential risky lifestyle practices and diet.
Point-pf-care HbA1c tesing

Doctor's desk

Dietitian's desk

The center itself has a very cool, cozy atmosphere which provides a relaxing, nonthreatening environment for patients seeking consult. It has a comfortable sofa set with television set showing cable TV programs, a computer and wifi connection.

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Visit them at the 2nd floor, The Premiere Business Loft, D. Jakosalem nearly across Indiana Condotel (which lies at the corner of Ranudo and Jakosalem Streets.) with telephone number 032-2541378 and these clinic hours:

  • Monday to Friday  from 1 PM to 6PM
  • Saturdays from 9 AM to 2 PM.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Summary of Relief Operations Post Yolanda all over the Country by Affected Town

Equitable distribution is important when giving relief goods to typhoon affected areas. there are now increasing accounts of people complaining that relief goods are not reaching their place. let this spreadsheet/list guide you when you plan your relief operations. it is compiled from the internet including Rappler. If you want to add your group to the list or you want to add your town, just contact me thru the contact page in this blog so we can add you.


I just talked to a classmate from Baybay, Leyte. Like other accounts of Yolanda survivors from various parts in Leyte, she confirmed there are relief goods alright BUT due to the absence of LGUs or baranggay officials to lead in the equitable distribution of relief goods, the relief goods are received by just a few (usually the strong able bodied ones) as they grab as many as they can without regard for others. It's a battle for survival...survival of the fittest. Even if initially Baybay and other Leyte towns not as severely affected had some food supplies and other commodities left, they are consumed not just by their own townmates but from outside their own towns as well migrating to buy supplies from them resulting in shortage. Southern towns may try to help other towns from the north but before they can reach their intended destination, the goods are being stopped midway by others. It's a dangerous recipe for even more disaster unless LGUs make some sacrifice and regroup to restore some semblance of organization and security forces are augmented. In short, the many relief goods don't reach far especially outside Tacloban. 

To those organizing relief operations, it's not enough that you have many relief goods to bring. Perhaps in the planning of where you intend to distribute your goods, let this list by Rappler guide you as indicates also the places where relief goods will be or have been distributed.

 and also found here

(I just made a summarized list per town affected reflecting where relief is lacking. It is at

However even if you planned well, the actual distribution is another story. it will be advisable to coordinate with quite a big police, Army or security force to ensure nobody get's bullied and nobody strong arms another in receiving the goods and that each person lining up receive their share of relief goods equitably especially if the LGU is inexistent. 

Surviving Baranggay captains and LGU officials including local police forces. We understand you also have families affected. But unless, you make some sacrifice in getting your act together again and organize to ensure the equitable distribution of relief goods, your family will all the more be endangered when chaos sets in without food and water entering people's stomachs. 

Many are willing to help. There are relief goods. there is an abundance of foreign aid. The private sector has done its part. But the PROBLEM IS ENSURING EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION. To the Philippine government (national and local), Mr. president, you have done your job in securing aid and securing many relief goods. Turn now your attention to ensuring these relief reaches those in need equitably by ensuring security and order. The private sector cannot do that. It's you, the government which have the capability to do that. Please DO IT FAST, or all those efforts securing relief goods go to waste and worst, more lives may be lost.

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