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OPLAN Pag-ASA: Pag-Aksyon Sa Alta-presyon


Hypertension continues being one of the top morbidity cases in Sinai, Sergio Osmeña, Zamboanga del Norte. The group continues on promoting proper lifestyle changes the hypertensives could adapt in their daily lives.

This November-December, the group were able to update the status of the 112 hypertensives based on the JNC 8 guidelines. 72 residents have uncontrolled hypertension while 17 individuals have controlled hypertension and 111 are prehypertensives. Only 52 are currently taking medications but a lot of them are mainly low adherent.


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Matters of the Heart

Hypertension is really one of the most common illness we see in our society today. But it is also one of the easiest condition to control due to its widely available maintenance medication provided by the government for free. Despite this ray of hope, there are still a lot of people, who live in barangays found in the outskirts of the region, unaware of these programs. We are fortunate enough to be the bridges that allows awareness and knowledge to spread among the villagers. Our group has pondered upon what the heart and mind can conjure within the limits of what our hands can do, to make the citizens of barangay Sinai live a healthier lifestyle. We came up with simple but influential programs to get the people on fire about matters of the heart. Now we are on our fourth community immersion and still a lot of things are yet to be done. A month is nowhere near the ideal time period to inflict and assess change in a community who has lived comfortably with diseases slowly eating them away. That part is what makes our mission a challenge. We, a mere group of 8 medical students, envisions a community of cooperative, attentive, collaborative, and instinctive residents who looks out for one another. In order to achieve that, we must take one step at a time to encourage independence amidst dependence in the community and unite them as one.

Due to unforeseen events, our plans were cut short due to a terrorist attack targeting a neighboring city. The school decided to pull us out of our respective communities and were sent home with only 2 weeks shy of the originally scheduled arrival back to our city.

Alas, these were only some of the activities we had planned for this exposure and the rest are going to be rescheduled on the next exposure, which is unfortunately before clerkship starts.


Bp taking activity during the Senior Citizens’ meeting for identification and monitoring of hypertensive individuals.

health education

We conducted a health teaching on vices during the Senior citizens’ meeting as  well.

An exercise program dubbed Galaw, Sayaw, Hataw! that features similarities with Zumba which is defined as “an aerobic fitness program featuring movements inspired by various styles of Latin American dance and performed primarily to Latin American dance music.”. We only had 3 sessions out of the 10 we intended to have for the whole month of our stay.


We visited Dipolog to coordinate with the regional agricutural district to coordinate with the department of agriculture for the procurement of seeds for our upcoming project next exposure which is the creation of a communal garden per purok. This is in line with our aim to make herbal plants known and used depending on their purpose as well as introducing a healthier diet for children to avoid malnutrition.


We intended to create the hypertension core group during this exposure and were halfway done when we were sent home. We post-pone our planned meetings as well as the demo on the proper way of taking blood pressure unto the next exposure.

Overall, I had fun during this exposure. I never thought two weeks could go by so fast. It was a very eventful 2 weeks for me. I even got to lead a bible study for my fellow Christian brothers and sisters assigned in the same municipality. We finally have a refrigerator. I’ve made desserts for my second family. Cooked blindly. Scored fashionable pieces at a thrift shop. Got to experience our haunted barangay hall once again. Got to eat halo-halo at the new “IT” place called Dumpy’s cafe. Crossed of things and places I really wanted to see and do in Dipolog. The list goes on and honestly I just couldn’t enumerate everything. And because I am the leader for this exposure, I am also quite sad that we didn’t get to do what we planned and prepared. But at the same time I’m glad that we got home safe and is now thousand of miles away from the war.

Here’s to looking forward for the next exposure.

c’est la vie


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March 29, 2016. Courtesy call with Barangay Captain Pedro Habagat


April 1, 2016. Courtesy call with the Barangay Officials


April 1, 2016. Attended the graduation at Sinai Elementary school


April 2, 2016. Initial survey at Purok Mahogany

April 2, 2016. Geomapping and surveying Purok Mahogany


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Away from the comfort zone

[com·fort zone] noun. a place or situation where one feels safe or at ease and without stress

Travelling miles away from home, we are still blessed to be part of this great learning experience. Upon setting foot at Barangay Sinai, the mere sound of people calling us “Doc” is music to the ears. It is both a privilege and a responsibility which cannot be traded for anything else. It keeps us going and further reminds us how big of a job we have in hand. We may be away from our families but being with people who consider us family is more than enough.

Choosing the Ateneo way of medical schooling means having to leave home and being away from our comfort zones more often than not. At first, it honestly was a constant battle of comfort versus service. Yet in the end, we have to remind ourselves that the beginning is always the hardest.

Fatima Erika Ayessa R. Ingkoh

Batch 2020

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Medicine: The Ateneo de Zamboanga way

“The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love.”

― Mother TeresaA Simple Path: Mother Teresa

From the words of Mother Teresa, becoming a doctor is more than what meets the eye. The profession we chose to be in does not merely require us a brain that works. More importantly, it requires us a heart that serves. Yes, too cliché you may say.

Ateneo de Zamboanga University School of Medicine hands us a privilege given to a few and it is a true blessing to be part of this few. This medical school may not be your “typical” medical school. It may shy away from the traditional medical education of having hectic schedules, frantic deadlines and hardcore demands. But what makes it a hard find is its heart ― a heart that willingly goes to grassroots to make the unwanted wanted and the unloved loved.

In the hopes of staying true to its brand of producing a new breed of doctors, the AdZU-SOM sends its students to far-flung underserved areas within the Zamboanga Peninsula every year. Students learn to be with the community in finding and eventually solving problems affecting their health. As of writing, I finally had a first-hand taste of this kind of philosophy. We just finished our first month-long community exposure at Barangay Sinai, Sergio Osmeña, Zamboanga del Norte.

At the end of the day, I can smile and happily say that we are on the road to becoming not only good doctors, but good people for others and for God. That’s Medicine, the Ateneo de Zamboanga Way.


Fatima Erika Ayessa R. Ingkoh

Batch 2020

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