In response to the calamity caused by the powerful typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), a medical team from the University of Santo Tomas (UST) flew to Capiz to help out. Composed of physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other support personnel, the team provided clinical care and minor surgeries to more than 1000 patients in the town of Dao. The team also served  patients in Roxas City and Panit-an. 



The mission team found JPB,  a teenager afflicted with a rapid growing tumor of the jaw (ameloblastoma) causing marked  disfigurement, speech and swallowing problems. He underwent  surgery and medical treatment  at UST Hospital by a team of specialists. Many thanks to the UST Medical Alumni Association of America and its executive director, Dr. Primo Andres, who fast tracked the process and oversaw his overall care. Photos show before, after and one year after the operation.


A generous donation by the West Tennessee Fil-Am  Association through its president Dr. Sandy Dee made possible the purchase of two new desktop computers with printers to replace equipment damaged at the Dao Elementary School by Typhoon Yolanda.  


The strongest tropical cyclone on record to make landfall, this Category 5 storm claimed 215 lives and displaced 2.3 million people in Capiz. Close to 500,000 homes were partially or totally destroyed. The Foundation donated tarpaulins for temporary shelter to  many families whose homes were severely damaged by the typhoon.