Barangay Officials of Barangay Motibot

In every community, there is work to be done and there are problems to be solved. One cannot be a problem solver in the community without effectively working with the community. It would mean having mutual attentiveness, showing optimism, and getting in sync with them.

Barangay Health Workers of Motibot

In our first community exposure, we spent most of the days getting to know the people-the local officials, health workers, leaders of organizations, the youth, the families in Barangay Motibot. We presented our cause to the local residents and we were so glad to see their happy faces, full of excitement about what we can contribute to the community. In our conversations, we talked about their daily routines and their problems and successes in attaining better health. The people were very receptive, and not to forget the barangay officials who were very accommodating. Oh and who would forget our barangay health workers? These people never lost vigor since day 1. We simply enjoyed our conversations whether it were with the officials, the health workers, or local families. Laughter, shared, and new experiences were keys in establishing relationship with them.

Sangguniang Kabataan of Barangay Motibot

One challenge that we encountered was the language barrier. It was a challenge to some members of the team to communicate with the people because Bisaya is not their first language but perhaps, effort will always have a role in language learning. As it was said, “dili mi kaayo magaling pa pero maningkamot mi maka Bisaya”. Determination pays, it always does.


Teachers of Motibot Elementary School
In order to come up with solutions to health threats in the community, we have to see things in their perspective, connect and not create barriers, share information, and create opportunities together. The relationship we built with our local residents is one of the many success stories that we will share. To end, let me quote a line from Helen Keller- “ Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much”.

Apple Rose B. Calud
ADZU SOM, Level 1

Learning is a constant part of life, and teaching is the sharing of the newly acquired knowledge to the person you care about. Most learnings were done in the primary education, this is where the basic things in life like counting numbers, importance of eating nutritious food, being responsible and life skills are developed. With this, we had an opportunity to teach the pre-school students of Motibot Elementary school about oral hygiene and hand washing last January 24, 2019. This passage will discuss what and how we taught the students, lastly what was our experience of the mentioned event.

There are several ways on how to properly teach a person, however if it was a child, there are special ways to teach them, because they easily get bored and lost interest. Firstly, we used images that we had personally drawn ourselves like the picture of a healthy and unhealthy teeth and mouth for the effects of bad oral hygiene, because young learners appreciate more if there were images presented to them rather than just talking all throughout, and  lastly, we demonstrated them on how to properly brush their teeth  and hand washing by using songs like happy birthday and brush-brush song of a tooth paste brand commercial years ago for reference, in this way we had an active participation of the learners,and excitement in learning. These were the ways we used to teach our students, and it was a success.

We were able to see the joy and the impact of the being a doctor in a barrio was. Joyful because for some of us in the group it was their first time to teach in school, some it was their first time to teach health related topics and seeing how the students react to our teachings was priceless, and knowing that when we left the school that day, in some way we were able to have an impact on their lives. There were several memorable experiences of the event but these were the highlights we consider most significant.

Overall, it was a great opportunity, the students learned something from us and we also learned how it was to be a physician teacher in the community, and we look forward on doing more for the next four years.

“knowledge, like air, is vital to life. Like air, no one should be denied” -Alan Moore

Roldan F. Legal Jr.
ADZU SOM, Level 1

Data gathering is the collection of data and variables necessary to address the problems of the community. One of the objectives for our first exposure is the data gathering and by far the most stressful in a way that there are data’ s that are easy to obtain and others that are not.

We’ve been to different places such as Barangay Hall, Barangay Health Station, Rural health unit, police station, Municipal and Planning Development Office, Local Civil registry, Department of Agriculture, Motibot Elementary School, 4Ps and Senior Citizens Office and many more just to obtain data’ s necessary  for our presentation and for our barangay which is barangay Motibot, but no matter where we go we still lack some data necessary for our presentation and paper , in which in the near future this will be included in our plans to help fix the system in a way that we could provide a centralize data system or an alternative to it.

The struggle in data collection didn’t end after gathering it because making of graphs, collation of data and analyzing it was the tougher one, since we had a great and coordinated group these things are made easy and possible.

Lastly one thing that you should consider in data gathering is to make sure that the data you are collecting is relevant and useful to minimize waste of time, money and effort.

Nurullaji A. Aguil
ADZU SOM, Level 1

With stethoscope in their necks and blazers to fit the part, eight would-be doctors participated in the medical mission held in the covered court of barangay Motibot last January 18, 2019.

The medical mission was headed by Dr. Raterta and Ateneo de Zamboanga University School of Medicine's Dr. Rex Samson. Team Motibot was distributed in different stations and was later on joined by groups belonging in other barangays.

In the afternoon of the same day, the batch was also visited by the Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Samuel Cristobal, who gathered the concerns of the students, delivered updates about the scholarship program and briefed the batch about the possible dilemmas that could be encountered in the entire immersion.

Jenine Atilano
ADZU SOM, Level 1

Barangay Motibot has a total of 7 sectors with a total of 603 households. It was fun and at the same time tiring experience to go to the different sectors especially to sectors 5 to 7. Sectors 1 to 5 are roughly along the highway which also includes the “baybay” or near the sea coast while sectors 6 to 7 and some parts of sector 5 are valleys and mountains.

Our team got nervous and at the same time excited to go to sector 7 because of all the testimonies of some BHWs. They even told us that the mountains are too steep and that we would not want to go back again after climbing to sector 7.  Luckily, we survived our ocular survey! It took us more than 15,000 steps, 2 rivers and 2 to 3 mountains to reach the sectors 6 and 7 and to build rapport to the people in the different sectors.

The sad reality is that these people need to travel that far in order to have an optimum health care yet, some just choose to do nothing about their health conditions not just because of poverty but also because of lack of service in the barangay health station, which for some families are their last resort.

Mary Paula E. Estive
ADZU SOM, Level 1

Who says doctors are all prim and proper? We can get down and dirty too!

Waking up from one’s slumber isn’t always a pleasant one, but waking up to something you have the need to do speaks volumes of one’s character.. Waking up to the early hours of January 12, chilly breeze blowing from the shore, sun still inching it’s way up the sky, duty awaits. Time to go physician-garbage collector! Kidding aside, it might not seem significant to some, but it makes all the difference one can think of when it concerns the health and well-being of a population. Diseases ranging from typhoid to dengue to cholera to influenza can be attributed to a person’s practice of cleanliness, hence, it should be in a community’s initiative to uphold.

Motibot is, in my opinion, a steadfast community but as in other communities, it isn’t perfect. No matter how progressive and quaint it might seem to strangers passing through the highway, one can count on the fact that despite the municipality’s ordinances, there will still be flaws. One flaw, in which this writing is concerned of is the issue of cleanliness.

Along the road, we see functional MRFs. But, along the gutters, we saw an eyesore of varieties of trash: candy wrappers, papers, worn out footwear, diapers,plastic bottles, you name it With our gloved hands, it was time to dive into shrubs, canals and pebbles to retrieve filth to fill our bags which, amazingly, didn’t take long to fill up from a small area of the neighborhood. Desensitization was a blessing though we weren’t completely sold if our gloves endured because it was rubber but latex and it took a while before some of us realized that our hands were getting all wet and moist on the inside. Could it be from sweat? The mystery still remains.

The experience was fulfilling.The fact that we were all out rapport, putting up our best faces and strong attributes of ADZU’s brand of medical students, it was our way of showing the residents our seriousness and dedication to make clean and healthy living a total possibility. Furthermore, we wanted to impart that it takes a whole community to work together to make Motibot the cleanest and healthiest community it could possibly be even if it means diving into filth to do the job.

Andrei P. San Luis
ADZU SOM, Level 1

Barangay Motibot’s Health Station holds a prenatal check-up and immunization day which is  usually on the first Tuesday and Wednesday of the month respectively. Expecting mothers and children would go to the BHS for their health status to be updated. 

Blood pressure screening and weight measurement are usually done for the pregnant mothers including the checking of fetal heart rate and fetal position. Vaccines are also given to the mothers. 

On Immunization day, infants are brought to the BHS to have an update on their vaccine shots. Mrs. Madilyn Lara is the current RHMPP Midwife assigned at the Barangay Motibot’s Health Station. She brings all the necessary vaccines and medicines for the monthly check-ups and gives advices to the families in Barangay Motibot.

Fatima Ayesha A. Dugasan
ADZU SOM, Level 1