SOME 200 senior citizens from barangays Tambobong and Balacanas in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental recently availed of free eye check-up and reading glasses courtesy of FDC Misamis Power Corporation’s (FDC Misamis) newly-launched program dubbed as “Mata Ninyo, Tagdon Namo” (MNTN).
MNTN, explained Analiza Miso, the power firm’s community relations specialist, is specifically designed for the seniors in their host localities.
“It’s good to note that FDC Misamis approved this kind of program to let every senior citizen in our host communities not just to feel our presence but likewise to cast hope of seeing things clearer even in their dusky moments,” told Miso.
FDC Misamis, a wholly-owned subsidiary of FDC Utilities, Inc. (FDUI), the utilities and power arm of the Gotianun-led Filinvest Development Corporation (FDC) conglomerate, operates a 3×135-MW circulating fluidized bed coal thermal plant within the PHIVIDEC Industrial Estate in barangays Tabombong and Balacanas in Villanueva town.
Miso also confessed that it’s not easy for them to conceptualize this kind of program, considering that their target beneficiaries are in their twilight mode. “But giving them a chance to have clearer vision is quite satisfying on our part.”
“What a great surprise to us having our eyes checked for free with corresponding reading glasses,” reacted by the 63-year old Emilio Abi-Abi, one of the MNTN beneficiaries.
This former carpenter and native of Brgy. Balacanas also confided that, for the very first time in his entire life, he will be wearing eyeglasses.
“It’s really a big help for me, especially now that I couldn’t read small letters and numbers.” While for 74-year-old Colita Pagaling, after submitting herself to an eye examination and receiving her pair of spectacles, “I am positively hoping for a clearer vision for another plenteous year.”
Like Abi-Abi, Pagaling said it’s also her first time to wear glasses. So, she’s very much happy when she knew that she’s among those listed as beneficiaries of FDC Misamis’ MNTN program in their barangay.
“Thank you for these wonderful gifts to us (seniors). May God continue to bless FDC Misamis, so they could help more and more people in our town,” Pagaling added.
Upon receiving his free pair of eyeglasses, Brgy. Tambobong’s Rogelio Radoc can’t help but happily exclaimed: “Kung sang una libog kaayo magbasa, but not now!”
The 65-year-old former janitor also revealed that he himself can’t believe he can avail free eyeglasses at his age now. “Wala man gyud kami kwarta ipa-check-up ug ipalit antipara.”
“Bangud kanang igasto namo sa check-up ug ipalit antipara, ipalit na lang namo bugas,” candidly expounded Radoc.
Meanwhile, FDC Misamis President and CEO Juan Eugenio L. Roxas said MNTN is another brand of service that FDC Misamis wanted to institutionalize in its host communities or even in other parts of Mindanao for the sake of the elderlies.
This, as he emphasized that, “We are not here in Mindanao just to do business and count our profits every month. We are here because we care for everyone – from small children to our lolos and lolas as well. And we always see-to-it that no one will be left out as we go along in bringing sustainable power and developments in Mindanao.”