Updated: Jul 30, 2018
Our first exposure in barangay Lumbayao, Tampilisan was a memorable experience where we stayed for a month and gathered secondary data for our CHP. For our second exposure we were given the task of conducting a survey, processing the data we've gathered and present them to the people of barangay Lumabayao. To that end, we decided to have a general assembly, held last July 19, 2018, to have discussions with the community people about their health. To publicize the event, we also distributed fliers and posters on the chosen areas in the barangay. The barangay officials became a helping hand for our entire journey towards the general assembly.
On the morning of July 19, we woke up early to prepare for the general assembly. We arranged the chairs and tables in the covered court, along with the materials needed. Some residents also helped us in carrying the things needed. Some of us prepared the food to be distributed, while others prepared for the presentation. The program began quite well until we experienced technical difficulties with the projector. Fortunately, we were able to continue the program and complete our task with the help of the barangay officials. The focus of our assembly was the presentation of all the relevant data we have gathered through the survey that could help the community people decide which problems can be solved and tackled first. After that, we facilitated them in analyzing the problems that they see in the barangay and their proposed solutions for it. These suggestions would help us in developing a comprehensive community health plan for Lumbayao taking into consideration their views, hopefully empowering them to make our barangay a better place.
The general assembly was unforgettable since it was our first time to conduct such a huge event for the barangay. We learned a lot of lessons from it, which canhelp us become more effective and efficient in the coming years. We were also overwhelmed by the warmth and hospitality of the residents, despite the problems we faced during the assembly. It helped us realize the essence of community engagement and see things from a different perspective. God-willing, the things we learned would help us become better doctors in the future.