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Local doctors rally to aid the Philippines

A group of Pensacola doctors is answering the call for help in the Philippines.

Typhoon "Haiyan" killed over 4,000 people and displaced at least 4 million. Many of them still need urgent medical care.

Dr. Miguel Mancao is an anesthesiologist here at Sacred Heart Hospital. He spends the majority of his time here inside the or helping patients and now he's doing what he can to help his people back home in the Philippines.

All Dr. Miguel Mancao could do was sit back and watch as his home was destroyed by a deadly typhoon.

"It's very, very sad to see so much people suffering."

His family only suffered minor damage due to the storm. But millions there are in need of help. Mancao teamed up with local doctors and the Filipino-American Association of Pensacola to raise funds for storm victims.
The group is quickly organizing themselves. Between a fundraiser over the weekend, and donations by doctors and nurses.. they're raised close to $10,000.

"We are so blessed to have people here in the us who are really willing to help now matter what happened," Divina Herrera said.

Divina Herrera is the president of the Filipino-American Association of Pensacola. She says, she's overwhelmed by the support from the community.

"We come together as one. To unite and to give help to those people."

Currently, Dr. Mancao is recruiting doctors and nurses to go on a medical mission trip to the Philippines this coming January. He says, there are no functioning hospitals in the hardest hit area of Tacloban.

"The hospital situation is bad. Right now there is no functioning electricity in the Philippines"

Mancao is asking for monetary donations because any supplies they send could take up to three months to arrive. He says, they have better control of where the money goes.
They also plan on having more fundraisers in the near future.