UCPB and its clients, Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, Inc. and Ulticon Builders, Inc. sponsored an Operation Smile cleft surgery mission benefitting children with oral cleft. It was held on April 29 to May 4, 2018 at the Brokenshire Hospital in Davao City.
This is the second mission in a span of five months after the November mission at the Davao Medical Center for 50 oral cleft patients.
“We are very glad to go back to Davao for the second leg of our Operation Smile mission. This is also our way of giving back to the people of Mindanao who have supported UCPB’s operations,” President and CEO Higinio O. Macadaeg, Jr. said.
Operation Smile Philippines mobilized a 48-man all-volunteer multi-specialty team for the six-day free surgery mission consisting of plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, pediatricians, dentists, nurses and support personnel.
Most cleft cases are born to poor families who cannot afford the cost of commercial surgery. If left untreated, they will be bullied, lose their self-esteem and grow uneducated with hardly any chance of gainful employment. “The free surgery will change their lives dramatically,” Mr. Macadaeg said.
UCPB has been supporting Operation Smile since 1986 with financial donations, executive time and employee-volunteers. The Bank also provides an office space for Operation Smile’s corporate headquarters in Makati City.