Operation Sagip

A Healthy Smile for BayaNiJuan

Althea Cahayag
January 5, 2014

Ribbon cutting of the newly inaugurated dental facilities in BNJ with ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Ivoclar Vivadent Inc, and Calauan, Laguna Local Government

The community of BayaNiJuan sa Southville 7 can now have healthier smiles as the Ivoclar Vivadent Inc. inaugurated its own dental facilities, having it as one of the community’s newest health facility.

Ivoclar Vivadent Inc. is a global leader in innovative materials and processes for quality, esthetic dentistry that has headquarters in Schaan, Liechtenstein which serves dentists and dental laboratory professionals across the globe that granted the wish of the BayaNiJuan community to have its own dental clinic.

Back in 2009 when the community was launched to be a resettlement area to house 5,000 families from Metro Manila who used to live along the esteros or who lost their homes after the havoc caused by different calamities and typhoon, the only health facility in the community was the clinic - SM Wellness Center, donated by the SM Foundation.

For the residents who need dental care, they still need to go to Calauan’s Rural Health Unit which is outside the community. The dental services in the RHU are for free except for the anesthesia that costs around 90.00 pesos for the patients undergoing tooth extraction.

But with the new dental facilities in BNJ’s community clinic, everything comes for free. It is not only the free service that gives a smile to the residents but also the top-of-the-line dental equipment given by Ivoclar Vivadent Inc. It includes a dental chair that comes with LED light that is powered with a sensor to avoid cross infection among patients, autoclave for sterilization of dental equipment, and a dental x-ray machine. The cabinets in the clinic are also filled with medicines, syringes, masks and other dental needs.

Dr. Peter Flores the Head Business Development South East Asia of Ivoclar shares, “We always say that the best gift that anyone could ask is actually seeing the smile. As a dentist, I feel very honored and fulfilled if I see my patients smiling.”

Aside from the dental facilities and equipment, part of the agreement is, a dentist and a dental assistant will be provided.

Gratitude of the community

Christine Joy Ruth Dela Cruz, 10 years old, is the very first patient of the dental clinic. She sat on the dental chair to undergo oral prophylaxis treatment.

Christine Joy Ruth Dela Cruz, during her oral prophylaxis treatment with PDA Laguna Chapter President, Dr. Liza Quindayan

“Masaya po na meron na kaming dental clinic para pwede na kami magpalinis ng ngipin at magpabunot ng libre. Hindi na po kami lalayo.” Christine muses. (We are very happy that we already have a dental clinic here in BayaNiJuan where we can have free dental services. We don’t need to go far anymore.)

The partnership of BayaNiJuan sa Southville 7 of ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation and Ivoclar Vivadent Inc. is for two years. But Dr. Flores sees that the partnership is a big help for the community and will have positive results. “What we want to achieve is the BayaNiJuan residents will experience the benefits and hopefully improve the condition and oral health of the people.”