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PIA Press Release
2008/02/06

Health mission serves 267 Lantawan beneficiaries in Basilan

Isabela City, Basilan (6 February) -- A joint medical and dental civic action program (MEDCAP) again spearheaded by the Army's 105th Infantry (Kaakibat) Brigade of the First Infantry (Tabak) Division under Col. Noel A. Coballes (GSC) INF PA, held at the remote barangay of Calayan in Lantawan municipality last Jan 24 with the full support and participation from LGU Lantawan headed by Mayor Tahira Ismael-Sansawi.

According to CMO Officer of 105th Bde Capt Datu Hasbi Jamalul, the recent medical outreach is a joint effort not only from the military but with the active participation of LGUs, NGOs and different health offices from the province, manifesting their concerns and commitments in addressing the basic health problems of Basilenos, particularly to the needy residents of the mentioned Barangay.

Capt. Jamalul said the success of the activity was attributed to the active participation of the different agencies/offices such as: Provincial Health Office led by Dr. Amina Ismael, DOH Center for Health Dev't led by Dr. Paysal Kasim, CCF-SHIELD led by Harold Noel Hidalgo, MHO Lantawan headed by Chief Nurse Ana Turabin, ODA 1116 of US Forces led by Lt. Mike Uyboco, 1307th Dental Dispensary, WMC led by 1Lt Ronnie Gapuz PA; CNGH, WMC led by Capt Maria Victoria Mandin; 3rd Air Division, PAF Dental Team led by Capt Domingo T. Singayan and the 3rd SF Battalion under Major Royland Orquia PA who patiently rendered security along the route and at the venue of the MEDCAP.

During the medical outreach, CMO personnel of 105th Bde led by Sgt Hamsaji PA together with the Civil Relations Team Basilan—MSgt Uyeg PA and SSgt Cabuyaban (PN)M and other military personnel also posted and distributed hundreds of reading materials to the populace at the vicinity of the elementary school and to residents along the barangay road. The same personnel assisted the US Forces in the distribution of many tooth brushes and tooth paste sachets to the children and adults.

After the MEDCAP activity, Brgy Chairman of Calayan Iting Edris together with other barangay officials and residents expressed their deep gratitude to the military and to all government health personalities who patiently treated a total of 267 residents from different sickness, including tooth extractions, circumcision and malaria smear not only from his barangay but also to its nearby barangays. According to him, the joint MEDCAP is a very big help because it is very expensive to go to the hospital for medical check-up but instead the government already brought the much-needed medical services in their community.

Meanwhile, two ribbon cutting ceremonies separately held at about 2:15pm and 2:55pm on two infrastructure projects were also conducted and administered by Mayor Ismael, Col. Coballes, Maj. Orquia, PSWDO personnel led by Anwary Akalon and barangay officials. The first the foot bridge at barangay Landugan and another, the mini-wharf with concreted coastal road at brgy Calayan—both were funded by the World Bank coursed through the ARMM Social Fund. The said projects immensely facilitated the residents in going and bringing their livelihood products to the city or town centers, Mayor Ismael said. (4CRG-CRSAFP/PIA-BASULTA) [top]

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