Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Watsons volunteer moms bring their compassionate hearts and healing hands into communities through their dedicated volunteer work.

“We have been seeing a rise in employee participation in support of  Alagang Pangkalusugan in each area as more and more patients benefit from this initiative. We’re very happy that our employees are taking part in this.” ~Sharon Decapia, Watsons Senior AVP for Marketing, PR & Sustainability
Watsons employees and mom volunteers gather at the Alagang Pangkalusugan Medical Mission in Camarines Sur

It takes a village to organize a Watsons Alagang Pangkalusugan medical mission. There are volunteer doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals. Watsons also invites its suppliers to donate medicines and medical supplies while also witnessing community work. Then there are Watsons employee volunteers who give back on their days off rather than resting and spending time with their families. 

A number of the Watsons volunteers are mothers. Many good volunteers have patience and leadership skills, and if there is one person who possesses all of these qualities, it is a mother. 

Volunteerism is a commitment for the Watsons mothers who participate in Alagang Pangkalusugan medical missions. Since 2013, Alagang Pangkalusugan has helped more than 6,500 Filipinos. Watsons is proud to support Filipino families on their path to good health.

Editha "Meg" Aguila has been with Watsons for eight years. She began volunteering with a medical mission last year. 

“It is my 2nd year this year in Watsons with MNDC Metro Naga Development Council but in my store, we already conducted simple community services to the elderly way back in 2017.  We would share our time and help provide the elderly with essential needs and also gave them food from our Christmas caroling fund. I am a mother too, I felt the same pain and anxiety of the mother's patient. I will lead them to the attending doctor and if ever they need my advice on how to interpret the prescription, I will help them so they may be guided correctly. I am sad that because of poverty,  they cannot have regular check-ups for their kids. Their kids are malnourished. I always tell them to take care of their children and give them proper care. I also remind them about giving the kids healthy food and vitamins.” ~Editha “Meg” Aguila, a Watsons store manager and mother of three

One of Aguila's favorite volunteer experiences was visiting her hometown of Libmanan with the medical mission. But working with children makes it even more meaningful and special for Aguila.

Eden Valenzuela, a pharmacy manager at Watsons with more than 13 years of experience, likewise views working with children as a privilege. 

Joan Pacio, a pharmacy manager with twenty-one years of Watsons experience, explained that her motivation for volunteering stems from her sense of civic duty and her belief in the common good.

“Helping other people is a life fulfilling duty. It is also fulfilling to help meet the health needs of the less privileged especially in far-flung barangays.” ~Joan Pacio, a pharmacy manager who has been with Watsons for 21 years

For Meg Aguila, her motivation is to help others and make an impact on the lives of the beneficiaries.

Eden Valenzuela said she is happy to see the happy faces of people when they have free check-ups and medication.

Watsons' social purpose tagline "Look Good Do Good Feel Great" has guided the company in inspiring its employees and customers to achieve their sustainability goals. This social purpose is built into the company's DNA. The Watsons' culture is deeply ingrained with a spirit of doing good. In 1841, A.S. Alexander Skirving Watson, the founder of Watsons, provided free medicine to the needy in the first dispensary.

You can help support Watsons medical missions by visiting any Watsons store near you or shop online via Watsons App.

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