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By: Vanessa Almeda | Published Friday, January 10, 2020
Governor Gwendolyn Garcia discusses this year’s Operation Smile activity with Mariquita Salimbangon Yeung Charitable Foundation, Inc. (MSYCFI) chairperson Mariquita Yeung, MSYCFI medical director Dr. Vivina Chiu, and Cebu Provincial Health Officer Dr. Cristina Giango. (Lito Tecson)

The Mariquita Salimbangon Yeung Charitable Foundation, Inc. (MSYCFI) will bring Operation Smile again in Cebu this year.

Registration will start on March 20, 2020 and will last until March 28, 2020 at the Visayas Community Medical Center along Jones Avenue, Cebu City.

“The governor is helping us in disseminating information,” MSYCFI medical director Dr.
Vivina C. Chiu said after a meeting with Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia on Friday at the Capitol.

Operation Smile is a non-profit medical service organization present in 27 countries worldwide. 

It offers free medical surgery for children, mostly those in the fringes of society, who have cleft lips, cleft palate and other facial deformities to get reconstructive surgery. 

In Cebu, the MSY Foundation had been the host of the outreach activity for the last 21 years, Chiu said.

More than 6,000 cases were already assisted by Operation Smile-Cebu since it started in 1998.

Chiu said screening and registration is open to everyone including neighboring cities and provinces. 

“As long as they need the help, we will accommodate them. We even had patients as far as Surigao and Leyte before,” Chiu said.

Yeung, a Cebuano philantrophist, said the foundation will continue to help children with cleft palates for as long as it can “so we can take care of many children.” 

Yeung said Garcia has committed to help disseminate information to all towns and cities in Cebu. (Vanessa L. Almeda)