Wednesday, May 22, 2024

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

Watsons employees and mom volunteers gather at the Alagang Pangkalusugan Medical Mission in Camarines Sur


A Watsons Alagang Pangkalusugan medical mission requires a village to execute. Physicians, nurses, and other medical professionals are volunteers. Additionally, Watsons extends an invitation to its supplier partners to observe the work being done in the communities and donate medications and medical supplies. Then there are the Watsons staff volunteers who, rather than sleeping and spending time with their families, use their days off to give back. 

Many of the volunteers for Watsons are mothers. Good volunteers often possess patience and leadership qualities; if anyone possesses these qualities above all others, it's a mother.

Volunteering is a commitment for Watsons moms who participate in Alagang Pangkalusugan medical missions. Alagang Pangkalusugan has helped more than 6,500 Filipinos since 2013. Watsons takes great pride in helping Filipino families on their path to optimal health.

Editha Aguila, also known as "Meg," has worked for Watsons for eight years. Last year, she began working as a volunteer for a medical mission.

“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 most memorable experiences as a volunteer was when the medical mission went to her hometown of Libmanan. But for Aguila, it’s even more special and poignant when they work with children.

Eden Valenzuela, a Watsons employee for over 13 years now and a pharmacy manager, also considers it a privilege to be working with children. 

Joan Pacio, a pharmacy manager who has been with Watsons for 21 years, said her civic duty and faith in the common good are what motivate her to volunteer.

Joan Pacio, a pharmacy manager who has been with Watsons for 21 years, said her civic duty and faith in the common good are what motivate her to volunteer.

“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.

“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’ social purpose tagline "Look Good Do Good Feel Great" has been guiding the company in inspiring its employees and customers on their sustainability goals. This social purpose is in the company’s DNA. The spirit of doing good is deeply ingrained in the Watsons' culture. In 1841, A.S. Watsons founder Alexander Skirving Watson 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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