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PIA Press Release
Friday, January 20, 2012


Int'l foundation conducts eye care mission in Quirino

by Thelma C. Bicarme

CABARROGUIS, Quirino, Jan. 20 (PIA)—An international foundation based in San Diego California, USA was in the province for a four-day outreach activity dubbed as Vision Care Mission International on January 11 to 15 at Mangandingay gymnasium here and at Sta. Maria, Maddela Quirino.

The Eye Care, We Care Foundation International headed by its president, Dr. James Weyrich in partnership with the San Diego Premier Lions, San Diego , California ,USA , headed by Dr. Teresita Luluquisen –Paje and Mangandingay Association of Senior Citizens conducted free eye examination and cataract operation to some 1,570 less fortunate citizens of the province.

Olympia Rueda, Mangandingay SC board of director and the foundation’s local coordinator said, of the number served, 1, 524 patients were given free eye check up and eye glasses while the other 46 were given free cataract operation with eye drops and vitamins.

Prior to the eye care mission, Rueda said the foundation had sought the assistance of some religious, non-government and government organizations in the planning and information dissemination in its desire to have an organized and smooth conduct of the activity.

“Governor Cua readily accepted our request for the accommodation of the 24 foreign and local medical practitioners who administered the eye check up and operation,” Rueda said.

The local coordinator also thanked Provincial Administrator Elizabelth Nicolas for her assistance to the team during the 5-day medical mission, the officials of Mangandingay, the host barangay through Barangay Captain Rowell M. Gonzales, Cabarroguis Mayor Avelino N. Agustin and the Philippine National Police headed by chief who were also tapped to ensure the success of the outreach activity.

Meanwhile, Governor Junie E. Cua in a dinner meeting with the foundation’s leaders thanked the organizers especially Luluquisen-Paje, a resident of Mangandingay and now a successful finance consultant in the US, for coming up with such medical mission for the less fortunate Qurinians.

The governor added that such public-private partnership is very much needed in providing access to universal health services for the Quirinians. “This manifests the genuine love of the successful Quirinians abroad to their less fortunate provincemates,” he said. (TCB/PIA 2)

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