Pampanga Governor Lilia G. Pineda is now an honorary member of the Quota International Pampanga Chapter, an all-women socio-civic group, as she was officially inducted into office in simple ceremonies held recently at the provincial capitol.
Quota International Pampanga Chapter President Myra Manabat led the induction ceremonies of the group’s newest member which was witnessed by Provincial Board Member and Past Quota President Monz Laus, Tess Laus and other distinguished members ofthe organization.
The governor and the Quota International, according to Manabat, share a common mission and that is to share and serve their needy constituents especially in terms of addressing their health and nutrition concerns.
With “we share” as their motto, the Quota members cater to the needs of the speech and hearing impaired individuals and disadvantaged women and children.
As an honorary member and head of the province, Pineda would be a great help in ensuring the implementation of Republic Act 9288 or the newborn screening program of 2004 in the province, Manabat said.
Newborn screening is a simple procedure to determine if a newborn baby has a congenital metabolic disorder that may lead to mental retardation and even death if left untreated. The goal of the said screening procedure is to give all newborns a chance to live a normal life.
“It is very important that this procedure be strictly implemented to diagnose and detect a disease at an early stage and thus, have the necessary treatment immediately.”
Manabat added that the group also regularly conducts health and nutrition-related programs such as the feeding program in line with the nutrition month this July.
Board Member Laus, one of the pioneers of the said organization, shared that the Quota members very much welcome their newest addition and added that the governor would be a big boost to the implementation of their plans and programs.
In addition to their health and nutrition projects, Laus said that at present their organization sponsors 70 speech and hearing impaired students at the Pampanga High School in the City of San Fernando.
More so, the said socio-civic organization also host medical missions and other social services for indigent folks in the province, Laus ended.