The Australian Masonic Friends of the Philippines donated second-hand dental equipment to the Cebu Provincial Government last October 15.
Governor Hilario P. Davide III received the donation at the Capitol from the organization’s Vice President Right Worshipful (RW) Bro Antoine Georges, Past Senior Grand Warden (PSGW).
There was no deed of donation signed yet by the parties. Davide assured that they will formally sign the deed after the inventory of the equipment.
Georges said this was just token gesture since their organization planned to donate more hospital and dental equipment in the future.
Georges explained that they started their charities when typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) hit the Philippines last year. He said the charitable group already distributed blankets in Bantayan Island. Later on, they will also donate boats to the affected fisher folks there.
“We are a group of masons and we highly regard our brother masons in the Philippines. We know that their families are affected, there is poverty and there is need. And we are neighbors and friends. So there is a compelling force for us to assist,” Georges said.
The donated equipment includes a portable mechanical ventilator, amalgamator, and light cure machine. Adrian Godonis, a mason dentist in Australian said the equipment is less than two (2) years old. Locally, Godonis believed that the equipment might be available only in private hospitals and dental clinics because of its cost.
The replacement value of the ventilator is $55,000 in Australia while the amalgamator and light cure machine are estimated to cost $7,000 and $2,000 dollars, respectively.
Dr. Cynthia Genesolango, officer-in-charge of the Integrated Provincial Health Office said the equipment is very needed, especially for dental and medical missions.
She added that she planned to request for said equipment so she was glad it arrived just in time.