Nov 28 2016

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AFP Reservists and Partners Converge, Conduct MedCAP

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THE 1901ST READY RESERVE Brigade and the Joint Ready Reserve Battalion Cebu conducted a one-day Medical and Civic Action Program (MedCAP) exactly a week ago today at Sevilla National High School.

Said activity was a joint effort of the Provincial Government of Bohol (PGBh), the local government unit of Sevilla, Central Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP-CENTCOM), 302nd Infantry Brigade, 47th Infantry Brigade, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA-Bohol), and the Telephone and Radio System Integrated Emergency Response (TaRSIER 117), Bohol’s version of America’s 911.

Other institutions, like the University of the Visayas (UV) College of Nursing Alumni Association Batch 1995, Visayas Nazarene Bible College, Alpha Mu Sigma Phi Fraternity, Johndorf Ventures Corporation, and 360 Pharmacy, also joined in the “all-in-a-day” fun and excitement of giving back to the people as part of their corporate social responsibility.

A day earlier, Gov. Edgar M. Chatto received at the Governor’s Mansion some members of the MedCAP delegation for a courtesy call.(refer photo)

They were Col. Eric Miguel Espina of the AFP, Reservists Col. Frisco Vinalon and Judge Raul Barbarona.

Volunteer doctors, nurses, legal practitioners and other civilian volunteer organizations also joined in the municipality-wide medical mission, where residents from other towns trooped to the venue to also avail of the services which were offered for free.

Sevilla residents and those from neighboring municipalities availed of free services like tooth extraction, reflexology, feeding program for kids, spiritual enlightenment/counseling, anti-illegal drugs campaign, storybook reading for kids, HIV awareness, medical consultation with free medicines, haircut, film showing, Basic Life Support Training, tree planting, legal advice and notarial services.

Last November 15, Capt. Jojo Mascarinas of the AFP visited the Provincial Government-sponsored radio program “Padayon Bol-anon” over radio station DYTR.

Program anchorman Gene Ugboc and co-anchor Janet L. Villarojo, both of the Effective Development Communications (EDCom) Unit of the Office of the Governor, gave Capt. Mascarinas the opportunity to talk about the MedCAP activity.

The latter seized the chance to inform the Boholanos of their upcoming free services and invited everyone to join as clients, for he said that “this is the first activity of its kind in the country which is initiated by our reservist brothers and sisters.

Both anchorpersons were awed by the initiative of our men in uniform to offer their services to civilians for free whenever they are not engaged in warfare in other parts of the country.

Patients and clients who were able to avail of the said MedCAP services were: medical-200, dental-115, storybook reading-115, haircut-97, massage-36, legal assistance-7, spiritual enlightenment-9, feeding-600, distribution of seedlings-170, value crafts-200, giftgiving-100, diet counseling-17, film showing-27, violence against women seminar-27, and anti-drug and HIV awareness-400.

During the radio guesting, Capt. Mascarinas also took the opportunity to thank all their partners who took time out from their usual chores so they could give more to the Filipino people who they have sworn to serve and protect against all forms of criminalities.

He also acknowledged, and gave thanks to, the Medical Outreach Unit (MOU), which is under the Special Projects Section (SPS) of the Governor’s Office headed by Ms. Liza Flores, in facilitating the activity, as per the directive from the governor.

Gov. Chatto also expressed his great pleasure and appreciation to the people’s soldiers “who we all could count on not only in times of turmoil but also during peace time when they are needed to inspire the people, showing compassion and concern for the latter’s well-being.”

SEEM Cluster Head Liza M. Quirog, Board Member Jade Bautista of the Third District, LTC Jose Dodgie Belloga and other guests also graced the one-day free services activity of the Army Reservists.

Permanent link to this article: http://edcom.bohol.gov.ph/afp-reservists-and-partners-converge-conduct-medcap/