Army Medcap benefits people of Loon, Loboc
by Rey Anthony Chiu
Tagbilaran City (5 June) -- Government troopers showed its left hand working for peace when hundreds of people from Loboc and Loon benefited from the military's Medical and Dental Civic Action Programs (MEDCAPs) organized last May 31 and June 1.
In Bohol, after relatively successful in its anti-insurgency drive with forceful combat operations, the army now shifted more of its operations to civil and military in form.
The activity, jointly conducted by the 802nd Infantry (PEERLESS) Brigade under Col Alan R Luga and the Technical Service Brigade (Reserve) of the AFP Reserve Command under Col Joseph G Sevilla visited Gotozon in Loboc and Napo in Loon the following day.
Loboc Mayor Leon Calipusan underscored the army's full commitment to humanity by assisting local government units in attending to the needs and problems of the people in the community through community works, humanitarian and medical missions.
On this, 802nd Brigade Civil-military operations officer Maj. Eduardo Malig-on assured that the Army partners not only for peace but also for progress and development.
In Loboc, more than 300 residents availed of the services carried on not just by military medics and dentists but with the Loboc Health Office, PNRC-Bohol, the Provincial Health Office and the Philippine Gift of Life Foundation, Representative Adam Relson Jala and Santa Clara Industries.
In Loon, about 400 residents benefited from the services rendered by the same group with the Congressman Natalio Castillo Memorial Hospital medical practitioners and the group who earlier did the MeDCAP services in Loboc.
Loon Mayor Lloyd Peter Lopez, himself a physician, was all hands in serving his people, army sources said.
In the same light, Bohol leaders have been implementing convergence approaches, this time with the pooling of resources from government service agencies to copntinue its Civic Action activities as organized by the Provincial Peace and Order Council. (PIA) [top]