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PIA Press Release
2008/08/23

AFP medcap serves 1,184 Northern Samarnons

Tacloban City (August 23) -- About 1,184 Northern Samarnons were served during the two-day medical and dental outreach mission sponsored by the Armed Forces of the Philippines Central Command, 803rd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army, and the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, on August 12 -13 at Barangay Baybay, Catarman, Northern Samar.

Lt. Col. Ernersto Simon, Brigade CMO Officer informed that the medical and dental mission which served the people of four Barangays, was conducted in coordination with the Provincial Government of Northern Samar, and the Municipal Government of Catarman.

He said that 932 medical and 252 dental patients from Barangays Airport Village, Talisay, Abad Santos and Baybay were served during the two-day activity.

The outreach mission dubbed as "People's Day of Catarman" which was a brainchild of Lt. Gen. Ike I. Inserto, Commander of the AFP Central Command, aimed to alleviate the living condition of the disadvantaged fellowmen by taking good care of their health needs so that they will be more capable of undertaking economic activities. The medical and dental civic action is a flagship program of the AFP Central Command.

In his speech during the Opening Program, Lt. Gen. Inserto expressed his deep appreciation to Mr. William Medici, a kind-hearted Catarmanon who is the Regional Director of the PCSO based in Cebu City, for facilitating the release of the amount of P75,000 worth of medicines.

Present during the said activity were Col. Eduardo del Rosario, commander of the 803rd Infantry Brigade, Vice Gov. Antonio P. Lucero, Mayor Alita E. Rosales, Brgy Chairwoman Mila Edria of Brgy Baybay, Brgy Chairwoman Yolanda Talavera of Brgy Airport Vilage, Brgy Chairwoman Pilar Adriasola of Brgy Talisay and Brgy Chairwoman Luz Marino of Brgy Abad Santos, Barangay Health Workers, School Teachers of Brgy Baybay Elementary School whose classes were temporarily suspended to give way to the 2-day activity.

During the simple closing ceremony on day 2, the four Barangay Chairwomen of the four barangays expressed their heartfelt gratitude to the men in uniform for spearheading the outreach program.

Lt. Col. Lucino A. Astrero,Jr., who represented the Brigade Commander, expressed his gratitude for the support extended by the provincial and municipal governments, the members of the Medical and Dental Teams from the Central Command AFP and 8th Infantry Division, the medical and dental volunteers from the Provincial Health Office headed by Dr. Alejandro Lucan and the Municipal Health Office of Catarman headed by Dr. Myrna Trongcoso, the Barangays officials, barangay health workers and the Barangay Tanods, all of who, made the 2-day MEDCAP activity successful. (PIA 8) [top]

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