Apl.de.ap foun­da­tion donates eye equip­ment to JBL hospi­tal

Sun.Star Pampanga - - FRONT PAGE - BY NI­COLE RE­NEE DAVID Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

ITY OF SAN FER­NANDO – The Apl.de.ap Foun In­ter­na­tional (ADAFI) re­cently do­nated oph­thal­mol­ogy equip­ment, a reti­nal imag­ing cam­era sys­tem (RetCam) and laser, to the Jose B. Lin­gad Memo­rial Re­gional Hospi­tal (JBLMRH).

A mem­o­ran­dum of agree­ment (MOA), a cer­e­mo­nial turnover, and un­veil­ing of the marker at its au­di­to­rium were held in con­nec­tion to the pro­gram.

This is the sec­ond time that ADAFI in­stalled a RetCam in the coun­try.

The foun­da­tion in­stalled its first reti­nal imag­ing cam­era sys­tem at the South­ern Philip­pines Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Davao City, Davao del Sur in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Philip­pine Academy of Oph­thal­mol­ogy.

In its first RetCam, ADAFI was also as­sisted by Dr. Thomas Lee, a pe­di­atric oph­thal­mol­o­gist in the United States and the Di­rec­tor of the Vi­sion Cen­ter and the Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal.

Lee trained the spe­cial­ists on the proper use of RetCam.

Apl.de.ap, also known as Al­lan Pineda Lindo, was born and raised in Barangay Sa­pang­bato in An­ge­les City, Pam­panga.

He is a mem­ber of the in­ter­na­tional Grammy award-win­ning group The Black Eyed Peas, and the founder of ADAFI.

The in­ter­na­tional artist vowed to ac­quire ad­di­tional RetCams for other re­gional hos­pi­tals in the Philip­pines.

In Oc­to­ber 2015, the ADAFI launched its first health­care pro­gram called “Cam­paign for Filipino Chil­dren” (CFC), which ad­dresses retinopa­thy of pre­ma­tu­rity (ROP).

ROP is a con­di­tion among pre­mature new­born ba­bies that can cause life­long blind­ness if not ad­dressed within 48 hours of birth or di­ag­no­sis.

Sev­eral years ago, Apl.de.ap said that the foun­da­tion searched for a so­lu­tion to pre­vent blind­ness.

“I’m legally blind. I had a hard time go­ing to school, I couldn’t read the board, I couldn’t ex­cel as fast as I wanted to but I have great sup­port sys­tem— my fam­ily, my mother, be­cause they treat me like ev­ery­body else. My sup­port sys­tem gave me sup­port to my dreams.” Apl.de.ap said.

He added that there was a teacher who keeps on mak­ing him stand in front of bl ack­boar d.

Apl.de.ap said that the ex­pe­ri­ence made him re­al­ize that his teacher only wanted him to try harder.

“Now I really thank her for do­ing that be­cause now I don’t let any­thing stop me from pur­su­ing my dreams and feel like my dis­abil­ity is my abil­ity to con­quer the world and pur­sue my dreams,” Apl.de.ap fur­thered.

In 2015, the Black Eyed Peas mem­ber said they cre­ated the Apl of my Eye cam­paign.

“We made the prom­ise by de­liv­er­ing the first reti­nal cam­era out­side of Manila— this was the fifth one in all of Philip­pines,” he sai d.

The reti­nal cam­eras are used to de­tect reti­nal dys­tro­phy amongst in­fants who have to be di­ag­nosed in the first 48 hours.

“It was im­por­tant for me to choose a lo­ca­tion that help ev­ery­one out­side of the cap­i­tal and have ac­cess to the ma­chine so we chose to de­liver the first one in Davao. Thank you be­cause now I hear that the equip­ment is trav­el­ling through­out Philip­pines and help­ing other re­gions,” he added.

Apl.de.ap said that the ma­chine means so much to him and should be de­liv­ered in City of San Fer­nando.

“I know what it’s like to grow up here, and not be­ing able to see. To­day we’re tak­ing one step closer to make sure that no other kid will have to learn what it is to grow up with a vis­ual im­pair­ment. To­gether we could help the Philip­pines see a lit­tle bet­ter and a brighter fu­ture,” Apl.de.ap said.

The Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee of ADAFI, along with Apl.de.ap, to­gether with the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Philip­pine Academy of Oph­thal­mol­ogy, The Filipino Food Move­ment, and JBLMRH signed the MOA.

An un­veil­ing of marker and recog­ni­tion award also hap­pened dur­ing the event, giv­ing recog­ni­tion to the ALQ Foun­da­tion as spon­sor, Knights Tem­plar Eye Foun­da­tion Inc. as bene­fac­tor, CFC, and ADAFI.

The rap­per-singer gave spe­cial thanks to the Knights Tem­plar Eye Foun­da­tion Inc., CFC, WesternUnion.com, Alexis Louisa Quiza (ALQ) Foun­da­tion, Philip­pine Academy of Oph­thal­mol­ogy, Oph­thal­mol­ogy Depart­ment of JBLMRH, and City of San Fer­nando Mayor Ed­win San­ti­ago.

“I also want to take a mo­ment to rec­og­nize So­nia De­len for her hard­work and J. Rob­bie Fabian,” Apl.de.ap noted.

So­nia De­len is the chair­per­son of CFC and a mem­ber of ADAFI Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee. J. Rob­bie Fabian is also a mem­ber of the ADAFI Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee.

–Ni­cole Re­nee David

CER­E­MO­NIAL TURNOVER. ADAFI Founder and The Black Eyed Peas Mem­ber Apl.de.ap to­gether with JBLMRH Med­i­cal Cen­ter Chief Dr. Mon­ser­rat Chi­chioco, Dr. Maria Fran­cia Mi­ciano-Laxa­m­ana of Depart­ment of Health, Dr. Jes­sica Marie Abano of Philip­pine Academy of Oph­thamol­ogy, CFC Chair­per­son So­nia De­len, Philip­pine Academy of Oph­thamol­o­gyRetinopa­thy of Pre­ma­tu­rity Work­ing Group Chair­per­son Dr. Pearl Tame­sis-Vil­lalon, and JBLMRH Oph­thal­mol­ogy Depart­ment Chair Dr. Rolan Man­ga­has pose for pros­per­ity dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion and cer­e­mo­nial turnover of the oph­thal­mol­ogy equip­ment to the JBLMRH on Tues­day.

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