Love for craft and service to humanity. This drives then-40-year old internist Dr. Jason B. Cabahug to be here at CITE on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:30 am to 10:30 am. Dr. Jason wants to make sure that the staff and students are in the pink of their health.
Third from the eldest of four children of Susanna Cabahug (retired director, DECS XI) and Atty. Vicente Cabahug, Dr. Jason is simply known as “Tata” to his colleagues but to his patients and intimates, there’s more substance to his nickname.
“Five months of work here in CITE was okay,”Dr. Jason said as he recalled his first day as the school physician on August 28, 2006. The student who would come to his clinic would expect the proper treatment to their illness. “They will expect me to give them advice regarding their sickness,” he avers concerning students’ wellness. On his impression of the school clinic, he said, “The clinic lacks laboratory…nevertheless, the clinic settings (tools and apparatus) are fine.”
Dr. Jason’s life has been mapped out with hectic schedules. Aside from being the school physician, he snitched out time to have his practice in his clinic at the North General Hospital. “I go there after my schedule in CITE,” he said. He was also the company physician at Cosmos Visayas Bottlers from Mondays-Fridays from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm.
A devoted father of 3 and a loving husband to Fe Abella-Cabahug, a part-time caterer, Dr. Jason is a family man who always sees to it that he finds quality time with them. “I spend my Sundays with my family, except for an emergency where I should be in the hospital,” he said.
Despite his busy schedule, he makes time to play basketball in his downtime. He plays basketball with friends during Wednesdays and Fridays from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Sta. Lucia Village in Consolacion.
“I also have a team where we usually play at Mandaue Sports Complex during Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays,” he said.
On staying fit, he advises:”You should have a balanced diet, minimum alcohol intake, refrain from smoking and have regular exercise.”
On smoking he further explains: “It leads to addiction, cancer for almost all parts of the body, lung diseases like chronic bronchitis, bad odor, heart disease, and stroke.”
He wanted to remain in the country to serve his family and continue practicing his profession. “As of now, I would like to watch over my children as they grow and guide them in their studies,” Dr. Jason said despite the opportunity of working gainfully abroad having passed the United States Medical Licensure Examination.
The article above appeared on our school organ on February 6, 2007. It was written by Raymond Angana.