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Soldiers conduct medical mission as NPA celebrates 41 years of atrocities

by Cpt Emmanuel R Garcia (INF)

Camp Apolinario, Panacan, Davao City (31 March) -- Soldiers in the hinterland part of Montevista town in Compostela Valley province conducted a Medical and Dental Civic Action Program (MEDCAP) whole day of Monday in line with the Army's peace efforts in the countryside.

A total of 391 medical and dental cases coming from different barangays in Montevista were recorded ranging from simple medical problems to tooth extraction and simple clinical operations like circumcision to cyst excision.

Said MEDCAP spearheaded by the 3rd Special Forces Battalion was participated in by different medical and dental teams from the Armed Forces, volunteer doctors, and nurses from Nabunturan town the provincial hospital of Compostella Valley.

Maj. Gen. Carlos Holganza, commander of the army's 10th Infantry Division (10ID) based here outlined the importance of cooperation and teamwork in serving the people as he called for unity particularly in Davao region and Socsargen. "We saw that the mutual assistance between soldiers, LGU, and other stakeholders particularly in this MEDCAP benefit our people. The destruction and violence perpetrated by our misguided brothers only damage our country and our economy. It is time for us to unite and stop such senseless violence so that we can move forward as one nation," Holganza said.

Asked about the preparations of 10ID on the NPA anniversary, Holganza said "Our soldiers will continue to protect our people and serve them the best way we can. While they (NPA) can brag about the killings, extortions and many crimes they committed against our people as they celebrate their 41 years of continued atrocities, our soldiers will humbly serve our countrymen. Proof of this is our medical mission right on their anniversary."

Medical and dental missions in far flung areas are regular activities of soldiers nationwide in bringing necessary health services to people in the countryside as part of the peace and development efforts of the Armed Forces. (PA) [top]

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