B.O.S.S. Brotherhood Operation Sweet Smile
- B.O.S.S. Brotherhood Operation Sweet Smile
Project B.O.S.S. stands for Brotherhood Operation Sweet Smile. Wherein APO SOZA ALAS & MCFI has joined hands in rendering FREE Harelip Operation in the areas of Mindanao & parts of Visayas. Anyone is welcome who could contribute for the success of this noble and life transforming endeavor.
- A smile is a facial expression formed by flexing the muscles near both ends of the mouth. The smile can also be found around the eyes (see 'Duchenne Smiling' below). Among humans, it is an expression denoting pleasure, joy, happiness, or amusement, but can also be an involuntary expression of anxiety, in which case it is known as a grimace. Smiling is something that is understood by everyone despite culture, race, or religion; it is internationally known. Cross-cultural studies have shown that smiling is a means of communicating emotions throughout the world. "Verbatim from Wikipedia"
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- From June to December of 2011:
180 Harelip patients, 52 elederly with cataract, 1 Hernia case, 148 dental extraction and 32 cystic removal wre given medical care in Zamboanga del Sur, Marawi City, Lanao del Sur and part of Tacloban, Leyte.
Cleft Palate - Harelip in the Philippines
- Article below copied verbatim from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/9003905/
Clinical and epidemiologic studies of defined geographic populations can serve as a means of establishing data important for genetic counseling and as a first step in identifying strategies best suited for identification of causes. Under the sponsorship of Operation Smile International, clinical, genetic, and epidemiologic studies were carried out at six sites within the Philippines between 1989 and 1996.
Patients who were being evaluated for surgical repair of craniofacial anomalies (primarily clefts of the lip and palate) were briefly examined for the presence of associated anomalies, and a family history was obtained to look for the frequency of cleft lip and palate in siblings.
Birth records of 47,969 newborns over an 8-year period at one hospital in Bacolod City in the province of Negros Occidental were reviewed. Medical records of infants born with clefts of the lip and/or palate and other major anomalies were reviewed and birth prevalence rates calculated. Findings include a birth prevalence of 1.94 per 1000 live births for cleft lip with/without palate in the Philippines.
Recurrence rates in siblings for nonsyndromic clefts of the lip and palate were 23 per 1000 for cleft lip with or without cleft palate, and 14 per 1000 for cleft palate only. The percentage of clefts associated with multiple anomalies was 21% at birth and 6% for individuals examined during the screening process, providing evidence for a high postnatal death rate.
These data provide groundwork for additional etiologic studies including segregation analysis and molecular genetic studies involving linkage or association, as well as for studies of environmental contributions to clefting such as vitamin deficiencies. Preliminary molecular analysis using an association approach is reported in a companion paper.
The findings suggest a high incidence of cleft lip and palate in native-born Filipinos.
Founding of B.O.S.S. Brotherhood Operation Operation Sweet Smile
To give sweet smile to the afflicted harelip children.
Get APOs involved and with partnership with MCFI extend free surgical restoration to indigent hapless children of Mindanao and parts of Visayas. Have APOs worldwide and friends to participate and support our noble cause. To make this a foundation.
Organizers and Promoters of Project BOSS, Brotherhood Operation Sweet Smile
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- Brod James Makasiar.
- Mayor Ireneo Glepa of Molave
- The chief of hospital of Margosatubig Regional Hospital, Dr.Richard B. Sison
- Dr. Benedict Edward P. Valdez Project Director of Maharlika Charity Foundation Inc.
- APO SOZA ALAS
- Zamboanga del Sur Medical Society (ZDSMS)
- Association of Surgeons & Anesthesiologists of Pagadian (ASAP)
- Alpha Phi Omega Beta Upsilon Chapter & Alumni thru Brod Ali Andig
- Brod Gov. Bombit Adiong of Lanao del Sur
- Drs. Emelda Taib of Marawi in-charge Medical Missions
- Sis Cielo Martinez
- Dr. Aileen Riel Espina Chief of Hospital Eastern Visayas Regional Hospital Tacloban, Leyte
- RMN Pagadian Buknoy Dumapit
- Alpha Phi Omega Delta Phi Chapter & It's Alumni
- Alpha Phi Omega Sultan Kudarat Alumni Association
- LGU Sultan Kudarat Gov. Suharto T. Mangudadatu of Sultan Kudarat
- Alpha Phi Omega Surigao City Alumni Association
- Alpha Phi Omega Capitol Integrated Alumni Association
- 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division under the command of Maj. Gen. Rainier G. Cruz III
- LGU Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur Mayor Kitty Nandang of Labanagan
- LGU Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur Mayor Dyango Villamero of Tukuran
- LGU Lapuyan, Zamboanga del Sur Mayor Daylinda Sulong of Lapuyan
- LGU Pagadian City Mayor Sammy Co of Pagadian City
- LGU Lanao del Norte Gov. Khalid Q. Dimaporo of Lanao del Norte
- LGU Maguindanao Gov. Toto Mangudadatu of Maguindanao Province
- Kapatagan, Provincial Hospital
- KAPOHIL (KAPATIRAN ALPHA PHI OMEGA sa HILAGANG LANAO)
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Commendation of Project B.O.S.S. from the Vice-President of the Philippines
Successful Stories of B.O.S.S. Brotherhood Operation Sweet Smile
March 02, 2011 we launched the project in the office of Mayor Ireneo Glepa of Molave. I Had it announced by the RMN radio. I Had the ABC President involved by informing the brgy captains of such a project. Tap the churches also to disseminate the info.
The chief of hospital of Margosatubig Regional Hospital, Dr.Richard B. Sison was so accommodating that he immediately agreed that the project be held in their hospital plus we will house and feed the volunteers. The foundation is Maharlika Charity Foundation Dr. Benedict Edward P. Valdez is also a Mason. They swiftly moved and was here in Pagadian to have site inspection after a week only of communicating. I was handed a proposal wherein we would put up a counterpart amounting to 90K. I almost fell off my chair, and politely told them that our group is a newly formed group and that we can't afford. Maybe my honesty and being frank with them, is what Dr. Valdez saw that he said we just give him at least 40 patients and they would come back to do the operation. ->->Full Story
December 2011 With barely 3 weeks to go right after the Margosatubig mission Dr. Benedict P. Valdez invited me to assist them in Tacloban, Leyte for the mission. With the able help of sis Judge Cielo Martinez he was able to convince the Delta Phi Chapter to partner with us. Sis. Cosette Garcia was referred to me for coordination and their President Brod. Gerry Adolfo, as well as Brod Dodong Millanes & Sis Mebie Miralles were among the APOs who cooperated very well. Though there were only a dozen of Harelip patients operated, it was a milestone event for the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC) was made a Cleft Center. ->->Full Story
April 16-20, 2012 The project was initiated by MCFI with the Board Members and Governor. We were asked to assist in info dissemination to raise the number of patients, and our brothers and sisters of APOSKAA were so helpful and cooperative and Bro. Akmad Talungon, the President was able to patch me up with Bro. Mayor Tong Paglas, who without hesitation accepted, supported and took the lead to assure the success of Project B.O.S.S. this time its Sights & Smiles for Cataract was included. Project B.O.S.S. in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat resulted to: ->->Full Story
October 16-20, 2011 The second coming of Project in Marawi, this time for Harelip operation only. The ever cooperative Dr. Emelda Taib was again at the helm, this time it was the APOs in Capitol who tied up with us, led by its president Bro. Mel Cabili, but it was Bro Sultan Rash Arimao who I closely ->->Full Story
June 06-09, 2012 Project B.O.S.S. came to this city and in cooperation of the Caraga Regional Medical Center and Rotary of Metro Surigao performed surgical restoration to 18 patients, though there were about 38 who came. ->->Full Story
Aug. 24-27, 2012 Project was replicated in this AFP Camp Praise the Lord! Glory be his name! There were 102 harelip afflicted patients who showed up for the Project B.O.S.S. a noble endeavour of our group APO SOZA ALAS in giving free harelip operation in partnership with Maharlika Charity Foundation Inc. (MCFI). The hospital of the 1st Infantry (TABAK) division was the venue, and they hosted likewise the billeting & meals of the MCFI Doctors, Surgeons, Nurses and other technical staff. 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division likewise fed not only the patients but as well as the parents or watchers that came with the patients. The LGU of Labangan likewise contributed in the feeding of the patients and other LGUs as well like Pagadian City, Tukuran, Lapuyan, Bayug those are the LGUs that came to my knowledge for the others were coordinated by the 1st Infantry. ->->Full Story
September 10-14, 2012. In cooperation with the LGU of Province of Lanao del Norte, headed by our Brod Gov. Mohammad Khalid Q. Dimaporo we were able to replicate the Project B.O.S.S. The able overseeing of Dr. Jamaica Dimaporo-Umpa assisted by Sis Gemma Harun, the hosting went smoothly without any hitch. Dr. Rizal D. Aportadera again spearheaded the delegation of Maharlika Charity Foundation and the project director Dr. Benedict P. Valdez formed the surgeons team who was joined by Dr. Bernabe Mendozaa the next day. ->->Full Story
March 15-17, 2013. APO SOZA ALAS (Alpha Phi Omega Southern Zamboanga Alumni Association) in partnership with its local organization the KAPOHIL (Kapatiran Alpha Phi Omega sa Hilagang Lanao) has again implemented its Project B.O.S.S. in Kapatagan Provincial Hospital, Lanao del Norte. It would be recalled that last Sept. 2012 the first such project in Lanao del Norte was conducted in Baroy Provincial Hospital, Lanao del Norte were 69 indigent Cleft Lip/Palate patients benefited from the FREE Restorative Surgical Procedure. This is the 14th such mission that APO SOZA ALAS has done since they started it in Margosatubig, Zamboanga del Sur, on June 21, 2011. Full Story
October 20-24, 2012 The LGU of Tacurong City hosted this noble endeavor which is the 10th one we are doing with Maharlika Charity Foundation. The AFP East Mindanao Command, under the auspices of our Brod. Lt. Gen. Jojie Segovia, became our partner in searching for patients, they even ferried them. Col Junie Castro, the CMO has always been closely coordinating with me. Mayor Lina Ortizo Montilla, gladly accepted this mission when I proposed it to her right after when Bro Lt. Gen. Jojie Segovia requested me to do it first in Tacurong City before we do it in Camp Panacan in Davao City. ->->Full Story
November 03-07, 2012. Our second mission in this place with Maharlika Charity Foundation Inc. and our 11th of togetherness. MMFC (Medicl Missions For Children) headed by Dr. Dennis Snyder is a group similar to MCFI, they are from Boston, USA. 13 of them joined our delegation and only & from MCFI & 2 of us from APO SOZA ALAS. We left Pagadian City for Cebu via Ozamis taking the Cokaliong ferry the night of Nov 2, 2012. We missed the Weezam Fastcraft 1st trip to Ormoc so we arrived late for lunch courtesy of the president of APO ORMOC AA, Bro Jeffrey del Socorro a DMD. We took the van for Tacloban City and was met by Bro Dodong Millanes, we took a tricycle for EVRMC, only to be taken by the ambulance to our lodging place the Asia Stars Hotel. The following day Sis Mavic Ditanongun arrived from Cebu, she stayed for the nigh in our room. The foreign delegation arrived on the noon of the 4th and later after screening the patients they rolled up their sleeves and don the gown and scalpel in hand they started working. 50+ patients showed up and 40 were operated plus 2 hernia. Sis Boots Palconite had me & Dr. Dennis Snyder interviewed by TV5. We left ahead of the group of MMFC & MCFI, we stayed overnight in the place of Bro Jeffrey and left the following day for Cebu/Ozamis/Pagadian. The culmination night was held in EVRMC. The AFP was again our partner, it was the 8th ID, under the able command of Maj. Gen Gerardo Layug. He was represented in the culmination night by Col Valencia. Brod Joey Yap belongs to the 8th ID who brought some patients.
November 19-22, 2012. During the Tacurong City mission me & my better half went to Buluan, Maguindanao and met Ms.Lynette Estandarte, the Provincial Budget Officer for the replication of Project B.O.S.S. I was in touch with Gov. Toto Mangudadatu through the endorsement of his chief of security Bro Maj. Abubakar Mangelen, so was referred to Ms. Lynette. After few introductions the date was set originlly for the 18th -22 to coincide with the foundation day of Mauguindanao. We got the ARMM PNP to participate in looking for patients too, and of course the AFP East Mindanao Command.->->Full Story
Future Operations of B.O.S.S. Brotherhood Operation Sweet Smile
- October 03-05, 2012 Biliran Province Postponed
- December 2012 Surigao City
- First week of February 2013 Cabadbaran City
Other Areas Being Worked On For Replication
- Liloy,Zamboanga del Norte.
- Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay.
- AFP Camp Panacan.
- Camarines Sur.
- Ormoc City.
- Butuan City.
For the continued effort of B.O.S.S., we need your assistance.
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Project BOSS fund raiser for 2013
Tour de Zamboanga 2013: From the 11th of July, 2013 to the 14th of July, 2013. A four day 540 kilometer bicycle race for Charity!
- Due to the road constructions going on in the route of the Tour, we are eliminating the road bikes from this race.
- This is a (Non-Roadbike) individual bicycle race. Everybody is welcome in this race. The more the merrier. Racers who skip a stage will not be allowed to continue. Everybody who finishes the race and does not skip a stage is a winner.
The race starts at the port municipality of Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte and rests in the historical city of Zamboanga del Norte, Dapitan City to end the first stage. The following day the race will continue from Dapitan City to Pagadian City to end the second stage. The 3rd stage will be from Pagadian to Ipil. And finally culminate with the final stage from Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay to Zamboanga City.
Prizes for the Winners and Participants of Tour de Zamboanga
- 80 PRIZES in all to be Given Away. OVER ₱ 782,000.00 pesos in Prizes
- Grand Prize: The overall (liloy, dapitan, pagadian, ipil, zamboanga) first 15 finishers will be based on the overall accumulated time it took to finish the 4 stage race. The racer must finish all stages to qualify for the grand prize.
- The racer with the best accumulated time wins the championship. 1st:50K, 2nd:30K, 3rd:20K, 4th:15K, 5th:10K, 6th:9.5K, 7th:9K, 8th:8.5K, 9th:8K, 10th:7.5K, 11th:7K, 12th:6.5, 13th:6K, 14th:5.5K, 15th:5K
- Every stage has a winner. Prizes will be presented to the first 3 racers to win each stage. 1st:20K, 2nd:15K, 3rd:10K, 4th:6.5K, 5th:6K, 6th:5.5K, 7th:5K, 8th:4.5K, 9th:4K, 10th:3.5K, 11th:3K, 12th:2.5K, 13th:2K, 14th:1.5K, 15th:1K
- The winner of each stage keeps the prize money even if he/she can't continue with the race because of injury or other reasons. But because the racer skipped a stage he/she will not be allowed to continue with the race.
- Besides the Open Category, There are three (3) other competitive categories: (Women; Under 16 years old; 50 years old and over. Prizes for these categories are as follows: 25K 1st, 20K 2nd, 15K 3rd, 10K 4th, 5K 5th. Each Category gets a prize. Prizes given only to finishers of all 4 stages for these 3 categories.
- Finishers of all the 4 stages get a certificate of completion and a refund of their 1,000.00 peso registration fee. If a racer skips a stage he or she is will not be allowed to continue the race. Every finisher of the Tour de Zamboanga is a WINNER!
First Bicycle Race to cover the entire Zamboanga Peninsula
- Due to the election complications in the Zamboanga peninsula, the tour has been postponed to July 11 - July 14 of 2013.
Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, and Zamboanga City.
- First Stage - July 11, 2013 (Thursday): Liloy to Dapitan City
- 143 Kilometers: This stage of the race does not have many hilly terrains. It will be mostly flat. The roads are cemented.
- Second Stage - July 12, 2013(Friday): Dapitan City to Pagadian City
- 128 Kilometers: The second stage will be more challenging as there will be more hills to climb. About 40% of the terrain will be hilly. It will be on the Osmena Hwy which is almost completely cemented. There are only a few kilometers that are still under construction.
- Third Stage - July 13, 2013 (Saturday): Pagadian City to Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay
- 139 Kilometers: The race from pagadian to Ipil will prove to be a grueling race specially the first 35 kilometers. The first 35 kilometers is about 80% uphill battle.
- Fourth Stage - July 14, 2013 (Sunday): Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay to Divisoria, Zamboanga City
- 130 Kilometers: There are three challenging parts to this section of the race. First challenge is the uphill climb from the border of zamboanga sibugay to the border of zamboanga city (barangay of licomo). After that is the twisty uphill in the barangay of Tigbalabag and finally the quiniput tuktukalaw climb. Then it will be a downhill race to the finish at the barangay of Divisoria.
All Philippine Cyclers are invited to participate in the open bicycle race. It is for a great charitable cause: Project BOSS - Brotherhood Operation Sweet Smile
- Total Distance to be traveled: 540 kilometers or 338 miles - Visit our WebPage
What Causes a Cleft Palate?
The development of the face is coordinated by complex morphogenetic events and rapid proliferative expansion, and is thus highly susceptible to environmental and genetic factors, rationalising the high incidence of facial malformations. During the first six to eight weeks of pregnancy, the shape of the embryo's head is formed. Five primitive tissue lobes grow: a) one from the top of the head down towards the future upper lip; (Frontonasal Prominence) b-c) two from the cheeks, which meet the first lobe to form the upper lip; (Maxillar Prominence) d-e) and just below, two additional lobes grow from each side, which form the chin and lower lip; (Mandibular Prominence) If these tissues fail to meet, a gap appears where the tissues should have joined (fused). This may happen in any single joining site, or simultaneously in several or all of them. The resulting birth defect reflects the locations and severity of individual fusion failures (e.g., from a small lip or palate fissure up to a completely malformed face). The upper lip is formed earlier than the palate, from the first three lobes named a to c above. Formation of the palate is the last step in joining the five embryonic facial lobes, and involves the back portions of the lobes b and c. These back portions are called palatal shelves, which grow towards each other until they fuse in the middle. This process is very vulnerable to multiple toxic substances, environmental pollutants, and nutritional imbalance. The biologic mechanisms of mutual recognition of the two cabinets, and the way they are glued together, are quite complex and obscure despite intensive scientific research.
Genetic factors contributing to cleft lip and cleft palate formation have been identified for some syndromic cases, but knowledge about genetic factors that contribute to the more common isolated cases of cleft lip/palate is still patchy. Many clefts run in families, even though in some cases there does not seem to be an identifiable syndrome present, possibly because of the current incomplete genetic understanding of midfacial development. A number of genes are involved including cleft lip and palate transmembrane protein 1 and GAD1, one of the glutamate decarboxylases
- This webpage was authorized by Mr. Gabriel T. Yenko
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L-R Dr. Rizal Aportadera, President, Dr. Benedict Valdez, Project Director of MCFI and Bro. Bel Yenko A teenage girl in Surigao City to be operated The very first visit of MCFI in Zamboanga del Sur
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Jobs Opportunity with Project B.O.S.S.
Project BOSS is looking for fund raisers or sponsorship recruitment coordinators. Part Time or Full Time
- We are hiring coordinators for every province in the Philippines. Not volunteers! This is a PAID position.
- No expiration date for this job posting. We are always interviewing and hiring.
- Fundraising is a great job. You get to meet important people.
- Job Description:
- Approach Sponsors or advertisers for the charitable bicycle race Tour de Zamboanga. A 4 day 510 kilometer bicycle race for charity.
- Not a volunteer Job. This is a paid position.
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