Juan Flavier’s Legacy: Oplan Sagip Mata Beneficiary Now a Lawyer

The Government didn’t always suck


(SPOT.ph) She holds the distinction of being the Class Salutatorian of UP Law in 2014 and today, she received stellar news that she ranked third in the bar examSandra Magalang has proven herself to be one of the brightest minds in the country and the greatest evidence of this is the respect she has for the people who helped her along the way.


On November 2014, a note she wrote on the guest book at former Health Secretary Juan Flavier’s wake made many people cry. The ugly, Claire Danes kind of bawling:


To the family and loved ones of Dr. Flavier.

I apologize for writing at the back of this guest list, but this is the only way I can think of to convey my gratitude to your family and to Dr. Flavier.

My life was changed by his Oplan Sagip Mata almost 20 years ago, and thanks to this great man I was able to live differently despite being born cross-eyed and poor. Without him, I could not have achieved the honors I have achieved, and his health programs have helped me reach places I never thought I would. I even graduated summa cum laude from this university, and this is all thanks to your great father/grandfather/loved one.

Thank you, and my deepest condolences.

Sandra Magalang, UP Diliman 2010, 2014



Oplan Sagip Mata was launched in response to the alarming number of Filipino children who lose vision every week-and more often than not, it could’ve been prevented if they had access to proper medical care. Magalang, who described herself as poor in her note, would’ve been part of that statistic. Instead, by the grace of good governance and pro-people policies, her odds improved and she made it count.


We’re trying not to sob uncontrollably, but it’s just really overwhelming to have evidence of what can happen if the right government programs are funded. Please clap with us.

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