Balaan Catalina Society, one of the oldest established Filipino organizations in Hawaii, will be shipping medical equipment and supplies to the Philippines. They will loan a 40 ft. container of medical equipment today from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Balaan Catalina Society building in Waipahu.
Rep. John Mizuno said, "This is a great opportunity to help the neediest in the Philippines with donations of medical equipment and supplies. I applaud Erwin, Balaan Catalina Society and all those who stepped up to the plate for this most laudable mission."
Erwin Gabrillo, former society president, secured surplus mammogram machines, x-ray machines, hospital beds, IV posts, wheelchairs and other medical supplies to donate to Philippine public hospitals. Gabrillo has done a variety of volunteer work in the Philippines. He participated in the Congress of Visayan Organization Medical Mission to Southern Leyte, Philippines, in response to the devastating mudslide that claimed over 1,000 lives.
"While I was on the 2006 medical mission, I saw many hospitals that lacked medical equipment and I also met with many residents who could not afford visits to the hospital," said Gabrillo. "Some hospitals simply did not have the medical and life saving equipment that we in Hawaii have, and therefore I knew I needed to return in order to help those in need."