Stories of Change

Inter-gov’t coordination secures medical aid for bright pupil

 May 18, 2017    

by Charrie Joy V. Masculino


NUEVA VALENCIA, GUIMARAS – Charmel Mandate, eight years old, is a consistent honor student at Nueva Valencia Central School. Aside from her exceptional academic performance, she also exhibits skills in the arts, particularly in drawing, singing and dancing.  


This talented student, however, was deprived of opportunities to join academic and talent competitions due to an undiagnosed medical condition. In many instances, she would suddenly lose color and faint.


The school nurse, Annave Suplido, suspected epilepsy and advised Mrs. Maricar Mandate, mother of Charmel, to consult a pediatrician. Upon examining Charmel, the pediatrician suggested a CT scan and referred her to an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist.


But Mrs. Mandate could not pay for the CT scan and specialist consultation. Her income from selling native delicacies is barely enough to cover their basic needs. The government’s conditional cash transfer program, popularly known as Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps, has been helping their family make ends meet.


When Mrs. Suplido heard about CheckMySchool, she inquired with Manang Ana if it could help in Charmel’s case. Manang Ana Villanueva is CMS Guimaras Chapter Coordinator. Her group has helped two other similar cases, and she did not think twice about doing it again.


See CMS Helps Promising Student Overcome Visual Impairment story.

See CMS Gives Hope to Small Girl with Big Dreams story.


Manang Ana accompanied Mrs. Mandate and Charmel to the office of Dr. Lucille L. Nava, Representative of the Lone District of Guimaras. Coursing it through the Congresswoman’s office was thought to make a stronger case.



Charmel (center) meets Congresswoman Lucille L. Nava (left). Also in the photo are Charmel’s mother Maricar Mandate and CMS Guimaras Chapter Coordinator Ana Eva Villanueva.


Congresswoman Nava’s office coordinated with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to secure funding for Charmel. The Crisis Intervention Unit of the DSWD Guimaras Satellite Office then prepared a social case study report on her condition, part of the procedure to access its Medicine Assistance Program.


Within a month, Charmel was able to undergo a CT scan procedure, attend various medical consultations and access medicines she needed. These amounted to around PHP17,300.00.


The CT scan ruled out epilepsy or other neurological conditions. The ENT specialist identified an obstruction in Charmel’s nostrils, which may be blocking adequate oxygen supply to the brain causing her to turn pale and faint. She was prescribed with sinusitis medications and referred to an eye specialist.


Charmel’s condition has significantly improved after receiving medical attention. “Maraming salamat po sa CheckMySchool at sa opisina ni Congresswoman Nava na gumawa ng paraan upang makakuha kami ng kailangan naming tulong.” said Mrs. Mandate.



Charmel and her younger brother with (from left, second row) IWAG Coordinator Ningning Delumpa, Ana Eva Villanueva, Maricar Mandate, and Congresswoman Lucille L. Nava.


Edited by Eric Michael Santos


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