Ang Diwa ng NADA: Tungo sa Ugnayan ng Bawat Pamayanan

On February 28, 2015, NADA Philippines held its Fourth Annual Forum at the Center of Family Ministries (CeFaM) Seminar Room in Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City. The theme for the forum was “Ang Diwa ng NADA: Tungo sa Ugnayan ng Bawat Pamayanan (The Spirit of NADA: Towards Linking Every Filipino Community).” Acudetox Specialists (ADSes) from all over the country gathered to listen to and share their own experiences in giving acudetox treatment in their various communities.

The program started off with prayers in various regional languages led by the ADSes from Pangasinan, Bicol, Cotabato, Tacloban, Mountain Province and Compostela Valley. Opening remarks were given by Janet P. Paredes, NADA Philippines Board President, while Dr. Isidro C. Sia, Director-General of the Philippine Institute for Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITAHC) gave his inspirational message.

The ADSes from the Mindanao communities–Ateneo de Zamboanga University (AdZU) and Monkayo–started the sharing with presentations of the work they have accomplished in the past year. Bernard Rommel L. Vargas of the Guidance and Counseling Department of AdZU shared the populations that the Zamboanga ADSes have served after they were finished their training last December 2013. From treating Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), survivors of the month-long Zamboanga Siege, the group had extended their services to social workers, teachers, faculty members, UN personnel, hostages and members of the Special Action Forces (SAF) in the area. Editha T. Jao represented the Monkayo group of ADSes and shared how they have served their community and those neighboring it after Typhoon Pablo (international name: Bopha) lashed the region. Linkages were formed with various groups and organizations, including the local government agencies.

For the Visayas community, two representatives from Leyte, Marichu B. Bonaog and Lorena B. Agdon, presented the activities and missions they had launched after becoming certified ADSes last April 2014. Both were survivors from the tragedy brought about by Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan), which devastated the whole region. In the span of almost one year, they reported treating approximately 1,300 patients.

ADS Ace Lennon N. Babasa presented his research, “Effects of NADA Ear Acupuncture Protocol on stress among typhoon victims,” where he examined the feedback from patients of the disaster missions for Typhoons Sendong (international name: Washi), Pablo and Yolanda. Finishing off the morning session, Dr. Michael O. Smith, NADA Founder, shared updates on the international communities.

Before the presentations resumed, Dr. Meriam Macalisang presented her composition, the NADA song entitled “Just Five Needles.”

Miren L. Sun started off the afternoon set with her presentation on the NADA mission in Fazenda da Esperanҫa, a rehabilitation facility in Bangad, Milagros, Masbate. The presentation highlighted the effects of the three/four-day ear acupuncture treatment on the boys and girls in the facility, most of whom had histories of substance abuse. Terry O. Sugay followed it up with her presentation on the work she and Reymundo M. Reyes did in San Lorenzo Ruiz Home for the Elderly. Her presentation included audio recordings of the elderly residents sharing the effects of the treatments.

Dr. Victorina M. Ducat and Esther P. Kollin shared their experiences and updates on their activities in the Cordillera region, which included details on various areas where accessibility is an issue, the linkages they have forged with the various Indigenous Peoples (IPs) organizations and the integration of the NADA Protocol in treating the postpartum mothers in Sagada, Mountain Province.  CPT Josefina C. Miranda of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Reserve Command presented the reflections that their group had as they rendered their services to various communities in Metro Manila.

Pastoral Counselor Anita C. Pecson ended the set with her presentation on “Caring for the Caregiver.” As part of the presentation, every one of the participants received ear acupuncture treatment.

Afterwards, Janet Paredes invited the ADSes to continue their activities in their communities as well as to volunteer their services to NADA. Dr. Vicky Ducat, NADA Philippines Board Vice-President, gave the closing remarks to end the program.

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