Statistics show that 77% or more than 7 out of 10 Filipinos have never been to a dentist. This is according to the National Monitoring and Evaluation Dental Survey conducted by the Department of Health. While the Philippine Dental Association (PDA) reported that 78% of Filipino children below 12 years old have dental problems.
To be a part of the solution to this problem, TeaM Energy, in partnership with the municipality of Sual in Pangasinan, led by Mayor Liseldo “Dong” DQ. Calugay, and TeaM Energy Foundation, is conducting dental missions for pupils in the municipality. The program gives dental services to daycare and kindergarten pupils to all 19 barangays in the municipality.
The on-going dental mission targets to serve more than 1,500 pupils from all barangays in the municipality. The pupils undergo dental prophylaxis, fluoride application, filling, and tooth extraction, as needed. Aside from the dental services, TeaM Energy, together with the dentists from PDA, also conducts a dental health education program for the pupils, their parents, guardians, and teachers along with the barangays’ health workers to remind them of proper oral hygiene and healthy habits. The pupils also receive free dental kits.
“Parents usually put off bringing their children to the dentist because a visit to the dentist can be costly,” says Jessa Calaunan, External Affairs supervisor of TeaM Energy. “That is why TeaM Energy, together with the municipality of Sual, through Mayor Dong Calugay and Municipal Dentist Janice Gumapos organized this dental hygiene project to address the dental problems of the pupils, and also educate them with better oral health habits.”
As part of the municipal-wide dental mission, TeaM Energy will also donate five portable dental chairs which include dental lights, tray, and a sink; plus five portable dental units that are complete with equipment for airflow, dental scaler, and light cure to the municipality of Sual.
TeaM Energy is the single largest Japanese investment in the country with over 2,000 MW of installed generating capacity in Luzon. It operates two coal-fired power plants: the 735 MW Pagbilao Power Station in Quezon Province and the 1,200 MW Sual Power Station in Pangasinan. It also has a 50% stake in the 420 MW Pagbilao Unit 3 Power Project in Quezon, and a 20% stake in the Ilijan natural gas project in Batangas.