Past Medical Missions

PAMA has conducted Annual “Balikbayan” Medical Missions to the Philippines since 2008. The tireless efforts of PAMA Volunteers together with the generosity of our donors have made it possible for PAMA to provide much-needed healthcare to various areas in the Philippines. Each year, PAMA provides free medical consultations, dental consultations and surgical procedures for hundreds of Filipino patients.

PAMA donates free medicines and provides the funding for all medical supplies and equipment needed for each project. Medical Missions are carried out in coordination with local Filipino medical staff to ensure self-sustainability of healthcare in their specific region. PAMA also provides local Filipino volunteer health workers with professional health training and education.



2008 PAMA Medical Mission

April 6-9, 2008
Polillo Medicare Hospital, Polillo Island
Quezon Province, Philippines


PAMA Volunteers: Dr. Grace Maano (Project Coordinator), Dr. Pat De Leon, Mr. Ernie De Leon, Ms. Jacquie Arnold

Mission Outcomes:

  • Served approximately 1000 Filipino patients over 3 days
  • 500 free medical consultations
  • Free medications given to patients
  • 300 dental extractions
  • 12 major surgical procedures (including 1 cleft palate repair)
  • 76 minor surgeries
  • 58 circumcisions
  • 5 tubal ligations
  • 33 Paps smears
  • Health training and education for 120 Barangay Health Workers in the areas of Basic Life Support and Obstetric Emergencies

Medical Mission conducted in coordination with Ugnayan ng Pahinungod Volunteer Corps UP-PGH.

Read more about the 2008 Medical Mission.



2009 PAMA Medical Mission

April 13-17, 2009
Gubat District Hospital
Gubat, Sorsogon


PAMA Volunteers:  Dr. Grace Maano (Project Coordinator), Dr. Pat De Leon and Family, Dr. Belinda Lorenzo, Dr. Boni Relativo, Mrs. Beth Relativo, Jocelyn Brand, Nelma Galas, Mr. Henry Idea

Mission Outcomes:

  • Served approximately 2000 Filipino patients across 4 municipalities: Gubat, Prieto Diaz, Barcelone and Bulusan
  • Free medications given to patients
  • Free health services including medical consultations, major and minor surgeries, dental extractions
  • Vaccinations
  • Health Education for 85 Barangay health workers in the areas of Basic Life Support, First Aid, Women’s health and Dental health

Medical Mission conducted in coordination with UGAY-Australia and Ugnayan ng Pahinungod Volunteer Corps UP-PGH.

Read more about the 2009 Medical Mission.



2009 Polillo Health Aid Project

  • Donation of an X-Ray machine (costing AU$15,000) to Polillo Medicare Hospital
  • Donation of an ECG machine to Polillo Medicare Hospital, courtesy of John Hunter Hospital, Australia

Read more about the 2009 Polillo Health Aid Project.



2010 PAMA Medical Mission

June 21-25, 2010
Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital
Dumaguete, Philippines


PAMA Volunteers: Dr. Grace Maano (Project Coordinator), Dr. Queenie Chan, Dr. Mardon Combalicer, Dr. Pat De Leon, Mr. Ernie De Leon, Dr. Ophee De Vera, Mr. Mao De Vera, Dr. Roger Fabian, Dr. George Gayagay, Dr. Aba Goshal, Jess Goshal, Dr. Evelyn Icao, Everie Icao, Dr. Cecil Rowe, Mr. Darren Rowe, Mr. Henry Idea, Mr. Charles De Vera, Rtn. Wendy Stein

Mission Outcomes:

  • Served 1162 Filipino patients over 4 days
  • Free medications given to patients
  • 354 medical consultations
  • 172 dental consultations
  • 145 minor surgeries
  • 62 Cataract surgeries
  • 200 patients provided with eyeglasses
  • 60 Major surgeries including 21 thyroid operations, 1 hysterectomy, 1 cholecystectomy, 12 hernia repairs and 5 Gastrointestinal surgeries
  • Health training for 113 local health workers
  • 56 Paps Smears

Medical Mission conducted in coordination with Ugnayan ng Pahinungod Volunteer Corps UP-PGH, Rotary Club of Dumaguete South, Negros Oriental Provincial Office and Dumaguete City Health Office.

Read more about the 2010 Medical Mission.



2011 PAMA Medical Mission

April 11-17, 2011
Oroquieta, Philippines


PAMA Volunteers: Dr. Ophee De Vera (Project Coordinator), Dr. Roger Fabian, Dr. Amabel Harding, Dr. Evelyn Icao, Dr. Grace Maano, Dr. Cecil Rowe

Other Volunteers from Australia: Dr. Bill Walker, Dr. Agnes Molnar, Dr. Ricki Sayers, Dr. Charles Hayes, Dr. Paul Hayes, plus 12 RAWCS-registered volunteers

Mission Outcomes:

  • Served 1938 Filipino patients over 7 days
  • Free medications given to patients
  • 70 major surgeries including cleft lip and palate repairs, burn reconstruction, thyroid surgeries, gynae-oncological surgeries
  • Cataract surgeries
  • Financial assistance for a paediatric patient to undergo a life-saving operation at a major hospital for a large cystic hygroma
  • Medical and dental health education
  • Basic Life Support training for nursing and medical personnel

Medical Mission conducted in coordination with Rotary Club of Gosford West, Rotary Club of Oroquieta Centennial, Ugnayan ng Pahinungod Volunteer Corps UP-PGH and the Local Municipal Health Office of Oroquieta, Misamis Occidental Philippines.

Read more about the 2011 Medical Mission.


2012 PAMA Medical Mission

May 21-27, 2012  (Aurora, Zamboanga)

May 28-29, 2012 (El Nido, Palawan, Philippines)


PAMA Volunteers: Dr. Roger Fabian (Project Coordinator), Dr. Teofista de Vera, Dr. Evelyn Icao, Dr. Cecil Rowe,  Dr. Belinda Lorenzo & Dr. Armi Aganan.  Nurses: Raxane Sablaon, Ellen Patiag, Gloria Estrada, Elvira Snelson & Jessica Marie Ymalay. Laymen: Enrique Patiag, Mauricio de Vera, Stephanie de Vera, Cesar Chito Bolinas & Michelle Snelson.

Mission Outcomes:

  • Total patients – 2,047 in Aurora; 655 in El Nido
  • Performed – 221 major surgeries
  • Days 2-5: medical-surgical-dental mission x 4 days
  •  Days 4-5: Health training of BHWs x 2 days on Basic Life Support, First Aid, Women’s Health, Family Planning and Dental Education.

Equipment Donated:

To: Aurora Public Health Unit (Handed to Dr. Mary Silyne Asor-Cabahug, MHO)

  • 1 x Ultrasound Scanner
  • 2 x Vital Signs Monitor
  • 1 x Electrocardiograph
  • 2 x Foetal Dopplers
To: Zamboanga del Sur Medical Center (Handed over to Dr. Ma. Rovel A. Blancia, PHO)
  • 1 x Ultrasound Scanner with TV Probe
  • 2 x Vital Signs Monitor
  • 5 x Fingers Pulse Oximeters
  • 2 x Foetal Dopplers

In Coordination with:

Ugnayan ng Pahinungod Volunteer Corp. UP PGH; Rotary Australia World Community  Service (RAWCS); Rotary Club Penrith, District 9690, Rotary Club of Pagadian; Inner Wheel Club of Pagadian; Local Rotary and LGU of Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines and the Dental Personnel, 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army.


2013 PAMA Medical Mission

June 8-13, 2013
Sasmuan and Lubao, Pampanga Philippines

PAMA Volunteers: Dr. Teofista de Vera & Mauricio de Vera, Dr. Corazon Francisco & Engr. Ferdi Francisco, Dr. Roger Fabian & 10 other volunteers, plus the cooperation of Aguman Capampangan Australia.

Mission Outcomes:

  • Total Patients: 2,232 (Sasmuan – 1,650; Lubao – 82)
  • 27 Major Surgeries; 44 Minor Surgeries; 11 Circumcisions.

Equipment donated:

  • 1 x Ultrasound machine for Sasmuan and Luban Pampanga
  • Resuscitation kit for Sasmuan Health Centre
  • 1 x Anaesthesia machine for Quezon Province
  • Prestan Mannikin to Ugnayan ng Pahinungod
  • Surgical Instruments for Ugnayan ng Pahinungod


SPECIAL PAMA Medical Relief Assistance to Tacloban, Leyte (Typhoon Haiyan Victims)

November 2013
Tacloban Leyte and Samar

  • Donation: $23,000.00 (A $6,000.00 – sent to Ugnayan ng Pahinungod Volunteer Corps UP-PGH and 3 boxes of antibiotics)
  • Balance of funds has been earmarked for rehabilitation program for: Tanauan, Leyte & Bantayan, Cebu


2014 PAMA Medical Mission

May 11-16, 2014
Solana & Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, Philippines

2015 PAMA Medical Mission

April 26-30, 2015
Tanuan, Tolosa & Palo Leyte, Philippines


2016 PAMA Medical Mission

January 17-23, 2016
La Union, Philippines