By Albert B. Lacanlale
LUBAO, Pampanga–More than 500 residents here benefited from the medical and dental mission held on Thursday (September 28) by the Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, Inc. (JVOFI).
A team of eight doctors and four dentists from the various rural health units of Lubao provided free medical consulations to 555 patients at the municipal gymnasium.
Marian Guille Rimpillo, project supervisor of JVOFI, said the foundation mobilized the mission thru the funding from Embrace Programs, the charity arm of tobacco giant Philip Morris-Fortune Tobacco Corporation.
At least P350,000 worth of medicines from basic over-the-counter drugs like paracetamol, mefenamic acid and vitamins to maintenance drugs such as those for hypertension and diabetes.
Rimpillo said the funding was approved thru the endorsement of Atty. Raul Academia of Embrace Programs.
JVOFI, the project implementer, also donated medical equipment including wheel chairs and stretchers to the Lubao Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and first-aid kits, as well as small medical equipment that include thermometers, nebulizer and electronic sphygmomanometers to the town’s 44 barangays.
Thru JVOFI, some 1,388 malnourished elementary students from the Sta. Cruz Central Elementary School, Lubao Elementary School and Sto. Tomas Elementary School were covered by a series of feeding programs.
Twenty women from the town have also been afforded by the foundation free 10-day computer literacy and systems servicing training.
Mayor Mylyn Pineda-Cayabyab, in a statement, thanked JVOFI for the assistance.
She said the municipal government welcomes partners from either government or private sectors in ensuring the wellbeing of her constituents.
“Though we have been consistently improving our health services, so much has to be done and we’ll need all the support we could get to deliver such services to as many residents as possible,” the mayor said.
Mayor Cayabyab instructed the Municipal Health Office and the Municipal Nutrition Council, including the Barangay Health Workers to provide the manpower for the medical mission.