LCF Health Committee Goes Beyond Medical Missions


Health practitioners and foundations must work with the local government and identify major problems and points of intervention to promote preventive health education in public elementary schools. Teachers must be provided with basic knowledge and enabled to develop a positive attitude towards health. With these two statements, the LCF Health Committee set the tone for their breakout session on sustainable health programs.

Dr. Anthony Leachon, Vice President of the Philippine College of Physicians said that if an individual's health is his wealth, then a nation's health is the nation's wealth. Human capital is most important, and the country needs healthy, well-educated, skilled and innovative, and creative people. Education is a primary venue to address this. Guided by the spirit of bringing better health through preventive health education among Filipino schoolchildren, the Preventive Health Education Advocacy (HERO) brings health service to every Filipino through relevant education of future healthcare workers. It was able to secure an Executive Order to develop preventive health modules addressing the top 10 reasons of mortality and morbidity in primary and secondary health care as well as addressing the lack of employment of medical workers.

Maurice Ligot, chair of LCF Health Committee and COO and managing director of Ang.Hortaleza Foundation presented LCF's health program Spread Preventive Health Education and Reform to Elementary Schools (SPHERES). SPHERES' initiatives include teaching of basic health practices to stop the spread of communicable disease among children and the community. While doctors and teachers do not have the resources to manage school health, SPHERES hopes to empower them.

Dr. Cynthia del Mundo, Chairperson of the Philippine College of Optometrists and Dr. Carmen Dichoso, OD, Chairperson of Healthy Athletes Program of the Special Olympics Philippines stressed the importance of pediatric vision screening, especially among the marginalized sectors of society. Given the absence of data on the vision of children and the low government priority, there is a need for coordination among stakeholders in addressing the difficulty of a visually-impaired child to learn.

Sustainable school health programs, according to Jennifer Laxamana, Head of the CSR department of Manila Doctors Hospital (MDH) can be made possible through partnerships as exhibited by MDH’s collaboration with Epifanio de lost Santos Elementary School (EDSES). Their program promotes a child friendly school through delivery of basic health services, healthy school environment and training of school health workers to become self sufficient health providers. These are important for the sustainability for all the health needs of the students.

During the open forum, discussions stressed the importance of training teachers to screen the children. Moreover, multi-sector efforts must be united and organized, and the government should embrace private sector initiatives. The exodus of medical practitioners should also be addressed by providing venues for training and employment opportunities. Instead of dole outs, funds must address long term solutions to the problem.


The LCF CSR Expo aims to provide corporate citizens with skills, knowledge, and relevant experience to increase their awareness and empowerment as they work to achieve enhanced goodwill in doing sustainable and relevant business with society. LCF is a network of over 70 operating and grant-making corporate foundations and corporations seeking to provide business solutions to social and environmental problems in the Philippines.