New clinics on wheels blessed
by Cardinal Tagle for Caritas Manila

June 26 2016 5:26 PM

Clinic in a Can Blessing Image 3 by Abbie Escarilla
Image by Abbie Escarilla

Caritas Manila has launched two new mobile clinics that would help to extend its healthcare services to Metro Manila’s poorest communities.

Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on Friday, June 26, led the blessing of the new facilities dubbed “Clinic In A Can” at the headquarters of Caritas Manila in Pandacan, Manila.

The new state-of-the-art clinics are meant to extend medical, dental, and surgical procedures to poor Metro Manila residents in depressed areas and relocation areas that would be reached by the outreach activities of Caritas Manila.

The self-contained medical clinics are bullet-proof, powered by solar panels, and are complete with supplies for medical and dental use.

Image by Abbie Escarilla
Image by Abbie Escarilla

The mobile clinics were donated by Fr. Robert Kosek of the Barnabite Heart-to-Heart Ministry, in line with its “Make Sad Eyes Smile” project. This was the result of a fund-raising lunch Tagle attended in Pennsylvania on September 19, 2015. The clinics in trucks arrived in the Philippines on April 6.

In a short message after the blessing of clinics, Tagle said, “Dito nakikita natin ang isang halimbawa ng awa na may gawa. Yung iba puro awa walang gawa. Yung iba gawa ng gawa walang awa. kaya ngayon mabuti magkasama. Mercy is always accompanied by action.”

(Here we see an example of mercy with action. The others only show mercy but no action. The others act and act but show no mercy. Now it is good that they come together. Mercy is always accompanied by action.)

Clinic In a Can Blessing Image by Abbie Escarilla
Image by Abbie Escarilla

Also inaugurated by Tagle during the event were the Caritas Margins coffee shop, that sold home-grown coffee from Benguet as well as pastries and sweets; as well as a second outlet for Segunda Mana, Caritas Manila’s donation-in-kind arm.

Proceeds for Caritas Manila’s outreach activities will be used to support 5,000 scholars under its Youth Servant Leadership and Education Program. MC

Thumbnail image from @clinicinacan Twitter account

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