Antipolo Host Lions Club officers, led by its President Sydney Christopher Bata, made a courtesy call on Mayor Jun Ynares at the latter’s office at the City Hall.
Other Lions officers with Bata were Regional Chairperson Maylyn Enriquez; Past Region Chairman Bryant Kim An; Vice President Cynthia Verdera-Vidal and Annabelle Aquino-Shiozawa.
Antipolo City Planning Officer Rowena Zapanta had a productive meeting with the Lions Club officers discussing the five global causes of Lions Club International.
Topics discussed during the meeting included tree planting; cataract removal; dealing with natural disasters; and awareness campaign for retinoblastoma.
The tree planting activity will be conducted in cooperation with the City Environment Waste Management Office (CEWMO), the City Planning and Development Office and the Department of Education for a possible replication of malunggay planting in public schools.
The group explored the possibility of having a demo farm at the Antipolo Institute of Technology. Cacao may also be grown in the Sapinit Watershed in cooperation with a Non-Government Organization.
Lions hope the cataract removal project will benefit 50 patients per day with senior citizens as priority. Lions will screen possible beneficiaries, provide transportation for the patients and find capable surgeons.
Antipolo may shoulder the cost of ₱2,500 per eye. The City Social Welfare Department will link the Lions with the Office of Senior Citizens Affairs and the Federation of Seniors for possible beneficiaries.
The city promised to provide training for Disaster Risk Reduction through the City Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Office. Lions will help train communities and give emergency kits to communities in flood prone areas. CDRRMO will provide list of flood-prone areas
The CSWD and the City Health Office will conduct a Retinoblastoma campaign to create awareness of the deadly disease among parents of children five years old and below.
Lions will provide the announcement posters with the CHO and CSWD committing to assist in displaying the posters in daycare centers, health stations, Regional Health Units and health facilities.