A template for the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between D4EVF and ABS-CBN, the largest Philippine Television and Media Network to initiate the establishment of more humanitarian dental services in the country has been approved in principle and is now pending legal review from the Legal Department of ABSCBN.
Following the review, Mr. Higino T. Dungo Jr., the Department Head of ABSCBN Lingkod Kapamilya Tulong Center, the huge charitable section of ABSCBN, and Dr. Amry Jane Chavez, the Chief Coordinator of all missions and projects of the Dentistry For Every Village Foundation in the Philippines will formally sign the MOA to seal the agreement.
In the meantime, Mr. Dungo Jr. has given the go signal to initiate the first project.
The first dental mission will be held on Friday, March 9, 2018, at Arayat, Pampanga or Balagtas, Bulacan, two towns that have been identified as two of the many in the Luzon Island with a population in great need of humanitarian dental services.
With the partnership, the four annual humanitarian dental missions of D4EVF are assured to go through at least for the year 2018. ABS-CBN will be providing support to assure the success of the projects.
ABS-CBN has been providing all sorts of humanitarian services to the underserved for many years through their various affiliates, including medical and dental missions. However, due to lack of equipment and enough volunteer dentists, the dentistry they had been providing is limited and the procedures performed are mostly extractions of non-restorable teeth.
With their partnership with D4EVF, the ABS-CBN services will be dramatically enhanced. D4EVF over the years has built up their stock of portable equipment in the Philippines and are capable of doing many other procedures including light cured composite resin restorations, as well as non-invasive periodontal treatment. They also provide simple endodontic and crown and bridge procedures. D4EVF is one of the only two Filipino led and Los Angeles-based dental mission-oriented foundations that have portable digital x-ray systems and software. The systems allow them to enhance their diagnostic abilities and treatment procedures.
As stated in the MOA, ABS-CBN will be identifying areas of most need and coordinate the dental missions with their affiliates including the TLC and Salamat Dok programs, radio Station DZMM and other public service institutional drivers within the ABS-CBN systems. ABS-CBN will also be providing modest funding for the missions assuring the transportation, accommodations, and food for the volunteer dentists, particularly if the missions are done in far-flung and underserved areas. They will also be providing some supplies for the missions that are best bought in the Philippines.
Dentistry For Every Village, in turn, will provide all dental equipment and most supplies for the mission and assure that there are always enough volunteers to work the missions.
The staff of D4EVF recently started fundraising drives to generate grants and donations for the purchase of supplies and more hand instruments to address the expanded services anticipated with their partnership with ABS-CBN.
Tax-deductible donations to D4EVF are requested and can be given through their website, www.D4EVF.com.