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Kapamilya, military conduct medical outreach in Basilan

Isabela City, Basilan (24 September) -- A total of 396 beneficiaries enjoyed the free medical services during the Medical, Optical, and Circumcision Outreach Program jointly conducted by the Philippine Marines and ABS-CBN's Kapamilya Foundation at Amaloy, Ungkaya Pukan, Basilan, held on 22 Sept 2007.

Hon. Wasik A Sahi, the Punong Barangay, warmly expressed his appreciation and gratitude towards the Philippine Marines and the personnel of Kapamilya Foundation for choosing his barangay as venue for the conduct of the said outreach program. According to him, his constituents are so blessed to be recipients of this noble undertaking.

The residents availed of the free medical services, optical consultation, medicines, and other related services. Some 340 individuals benefited from the medical consultation with free medicines; 43 on eye consultation, with free reading glasses; and 13 were circumcised.

In addition, the ABS-CBN Kapamilya gave away 500 packs of assorted relief foods, 10 cartons of assorted elementary books, 400 pencils, and 43 reading materials.

BGen Juancho M Sabban, JTF Thunder Commander reiterated that the activity has developmental and sociological purposes, stressing the importance of the military's participation in the civilian-oriented activities, in effect, promotes cooperation and collaboration between the military and civilians.

"Partnership between the military and the civilian organization like the Kapamilya Foundation is truly a warm venture, which is both helpful and effective mode to help the people in need," the Commander said.

Hence, he said, the military warmly welcomes the partnership with any civilian organization, which aims to boost the morale and address the basic necessities of the people.

Present during the activity were the members of the 1st Marine Brigade, the Marine Battalion Landing Team - 8, and the Civil Relations Unit-Basilan, 4th Civil Relations Group, CRSAFP, and the US Military Information Support Team 550.

The CRU-Basilan provided photo coverage and distributed psyops materials and US-sponsored giveaways to the beneficiaries, such as 300 yoyos, 50 bags, 25 caps, 100 ASG Reward Posters, 250 Honor in Peace posters, and 100 ASG Reward leaflets. (4CFG-AFP/PIA-BASULTA) [top]

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