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Journal of the International College of Dentists THE GLOBE 2016 5 3 Section Reports PH I LI PPINES BAYANIHAN CHALLENGE Fellows and locals celebrate the completion of the ICD-GK housing. Father James McTavish with L-R President Rosario Awards Chair Ma. Carmen Aurea Santos and Secretary Aimee ang-Co. SUPPLIES FOR THE HOMELESS 2 Philippines Section President Rosario distributing loaves of bread toothbrushes and toothpastes to the people of Bagac Bataan. ICD-Gawad Kalinga Home for the Homeless ICD and Gawad Kalinga GK means to give care a partnership between two organizations to build communities and present a viable solution to poverty through multi-sectoral collaboration. GK follows a holistic and integrated approach in providing sustainable development through community programs involving infrastructure health environment culture livelihood food sufficiency programs and education. In April 23 Philippines Fellows traveled 100 miles to join the ICD-GK Bayanihan Challenge at the housing project in Bagac Bataan. This is the day when housing recipients town officials community workers the army and other volunteers gathered to start building houses. The day began with a prayer followed by messages from President Del Rosario ICD-GK Committee Chairman Fellow Fay Dizon and Master Fellow Primo Gonzales. Close to the ICD-GK Village at the Gonzales Family Farm a community outreach activity chaired by Fellow Bgen Reynaldo Torres rendered oral health education and care. Special thanks goes to volunteers from the Pediatric Dental Center and the Armed Forces of the Philippines. It was truly a joyful and rewarding albeit challenging activity. Quarterly Business Meetings After the first business meeting guest speaker Father James McTavish gave an inspiring message of his life as a testimony to the power and relevance of Gods word to our profession. Father McTavish was a pediatric plastic surgeon and a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh before becoming a priest. In July Section IX in cooperation with the Endodontic Society of the Philippines conducted a special two-day certification course for Radiation Safety Officers. This is a requirement to operate dental x-ray facilities. Section IX was fortunate to be the first dental organization to conduct the course with physicists from the Department of Health as lecturers.