Thursday, July 26, 2018

The Ultimate Alliance to Fight an Invisible Killer


Can we be killed by something unseen? Yes! Do we stand a chance against a killer we cannot see and anticipate? Definitely! 

Panel Session ongoing during the Press Launch of the Health Care for Cleaner Air Alliance spearheaded by Health Care Without Harm - Asia. 
JUNE 25, 2018 – AMSA Philippines, represented by our Internal and External Vice Presidents for A.Y. 2018-2019 (Zandy Tolentino and Kath Cayabyab), was invited to attend and witness the press launch of the Health Care for Cleaner Air Alliance at the Kenny Rogers Restaurant, Matalino St., Brgy. Central, Quezon City. This press launch was organized by Health Care Without Harm - Asia (HCWH - Asia) and graced by the following esteemed personalities composing the panel (L-R): Mr. Khevin Yu of Greenpeace Southeast Asia, Dr. Roger Dazo of the Philippine Medical Association, Vegan X Movement Foundress and Healthy Energy Ambassadress Dr. Stef dela Cruz, Health Care Without Harm - Asia Executive Director Ramon San Pascual, Commissioner for Visayas and Chair of Health Committee Rhea Peñaflor of the National Youth Commission (NYC), and Drs. Dexter Galban and Via Roderos of the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health and the HEAL Network.
The press launch commenced with a brief recap of this year's State of the Nation Address focusing on the updates regarding health and environmental concerns. After a pronouncement from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in line with their 31st anniversary, the alliance of the health care sector and its supporters were formally introduced. Solidarity messages and statements of support were then given by various organizations, doctors, and youth among others, and was followed by declaration of future steps and plans by the formed alliance.
An individual copy of the Statement of Commitment: Healthcare Sector Leading the Fight Against Air Pollution in the Philippines and the official press kit for the launch.




Spearheaded by Health Care Without Harm - Asia, this alliance is composed of Filipino doctors, health workers, medical professionals, and health and environmental leaders that will advance the improvement of air quality monitoring standards and pollution alleviation in our country. Mr. Ramon San Pascual, Health Care Without Harm Executive Director, referred to the present and looming air pollution as a serious threat to our health – now adding to its already menacing role as an environmental dilemma. 

The Official Press Kit for the Launch.
Because of this, the alliance officially advances their aims and views with the statement, “Our Lungs, Our Health, Our Health, Our Right” and firmly believes that the healthcare sector should be in the forefront in the fight against air pollution in the Philippines. 


The Official Press Kit for the Launch.
Internals Vice President Zandy Tolentino says, “We in AMSA PH support the alliance towards the kind of healthcare that is green, sustainable, climate-smart, and resilient.” The efforts of the formed alliance will ultimately lead to the betterment of the health of the population, as improvements in the health status of each and every individual can definitely start with healthier air.

After the panel session and some questions from the invitees, the highlight of the press launch was the formal signing of the Statement of Commitment that represented the firm support of each member of the alliance towards the goal of healthy and cleaner air. The press launch ended with photo opportunities with the panel and other invited personalities. 

Internals Vice President for A.Y. 2018-2019 Zandy D. Tolentino Signing the Statement of Commitment: Health Care Sector Leading the Fight Against Air Pollution in the Philippines Representing the Firm Support and Agreement of AMSA PH towards the Aims and Causes of the Formed Alliance.

Externals Vice President for A.Y. 2018-2019 Kathreen Gil T. Cayabyab Signing the Statement of Commitment: Health Care Sector Leading the Fight Against Air Pollution in the Philippines Representing the Firm Support and Agreement of AMSA PH towards the Aims and Causes of the Formed Alliance.

We end this feature with a question to impart to you - our fellow medical students and health care professionals. In the midst of mass modernization and speedy advancements in our society, is there still a chance for a breath of clean and fresh air?


Group Photos of the Press Launch Panelists, Invitees, and HCWH-Asia Organizers Expressing Their Support to the Cause of the Alliance by Wearing Gas Masks (From L-R: (1) EVP Kath Cayabyab and IVP Zandy Tolentino of AMSA PH, (2) Advocates from the Philippine College of Physicians, (3) Healthy Energy Initiative Campaigner Paeng Lopez of HCWH - Asia, (4) Mr, Khevin Yu of Greenpeace Southeast Asia, (5) Outgoing CAMANAVA Governor of the Philippine Medical Association Dr. Roger Dazo, (6) Vegan X Movement Foundress and Healthy Energy Ambassadress Dr. Stef Dela Cruz, (7) Executive Director of HCWH - Asia Ramon San Pascual, (8) Commissioner for Visayas and Chair of Health Committee Rhea Peñaflor of the National Youth Commission (NYC), and (9-10) Drs. Dexter Galban and Via Roderos of the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health and HEAL Network

Group Photos of the Press Launch Panelists, Invitees, and HCWH-Asia Organizers Expressing Their Support to the Cause of the Alliance by Wearing Gas Masks (From L-R: (1) EVP Kath Cayabyab and IVP Zandy Tolentino of AMSA PH, (2) Advocates from the Philippine College of Physicians, (3) Healthy Energy Initiative Campaigner Paeng Lopez of HCWH - Asia, (4) Mr, Khevin Yu of Greenpeace Southeast Asia, (5) Outgoing CAMANAVA Governor of the Philippine Medical Association Dr. Roger Dazo, (6) Vegan X Movement Foundress and Healthy Energy Ambassadress Dr. Stef Dela Cruz, (7) Executive Director of HCWH - Asia Ramon San Pascual, (8) Commissioner for Visayas and Chair of Health Committee Rhea Peñaflor of the National Youth Commission (NYC), and (9-10) Drs. Dexter Galban and Via Roderos of the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health and HEAL Network
Photo with Dr. Roger Dazo of the Philippine Medical Association and the National Chairperson of the Youth for Mental Health Coalition Dr. Raymond John Naguit

Like what you've read? Share our photos, share our posts, and spread this feature with the official hashtags for the press launch: #HealthyAirNow #IAmForCleanerAir #IAmForHealthierFuture #AMSAPHxHCWH #AMSAPH

The Health Care for Cleaner Air Alliance Press Launch was covered live in our Facebook and Instagram pages. Tune in next time to our official social media accounts for more updates and for future events!

(Credits to Kath Cayabyab and Zandy Tolentino for all the photos.)

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