SORSOGON CITY, Oct. 28 (PNA) – The Philippine Army (PA) and TV5 along with several other volunteer groups over the week spearheaded a medical mission and relief goods distribution for hundreds of families in Matnog, Sorsogon.
Col. Felix Castro, the commanding officer of the PA’s 903rd Infantry Brigade that operates in the province on Friday said more than 700 families in at least four coastal barangays of the municipality benefited from the humanitarian mission arranged by TV5 Resource Mobilization Officer Chay Dionco in cooperation with the PA and Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC).
The Kapisanan ng mga Kababaihan para sa Kaunlaran ng Matnog, Inc. (KABALIKAT), the Matnog municipal government along with its Municipal Health Office (MHO) and Rural Health Units (RHUs) assisted the medical mission which offered free consultations, treatments and medicines to sick residences, Castro said.
Free haircut services were also offered by Army barbers while relief goods provided by the TV5 were distributed to the beneficiaries. A feeding program was also initiated for school children in Grades I to III in the villages’ public schools, the Army commander said.
Mrs. Marie Ubaldo, who represented her husband, town Mayor Emilio Ubaldo in the mission, expressed gratitude to the attention given by the PA, TV5 and PRC to the villages of Matnog, one of the poorest municipalities of Sorsogon province.
Meanwhile, the PNRC said it is intensifying its Pledge 25 and RC 143 campaign being initiated to help victims of dengue not only in the province but elsewhere in the country.
PNRC Sorsogon Chapter manager Salvacion Abotanatin said they have been mobilizing volunteers from local schools and local government units (LGUs) in the campaign’s blood donation program for dengue patients who may need blood transfusion.
“Although dengue cases in the province are not alarming as no outbreak has been reported by the Provincial Health Office (PHO), so far, we are continuously enlisting blood donation volunteers in anticipation of possible needs and to help the PRC national office in its blood stocking program under its Pledge 25 and RC 143 campaign,” Abotanatin said.
PRC Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang had earlier issued a memorandum addressed to all its chapters nationwide calling for the intensification of the campaign in their respective areas of jurisdiction to maintain vigilance against dengue.
Abotanatin said the PNRC is also helping in the information campaign of the Department of Health (DOH) on the prevention of dengue outbreaks like controlling the spread of dengue carrying mosquitoes in the communities.
“We have organized our RC 143 Community Health Teams and Pledge 25 volunteers for these purposes and they are readily on call in emergency cases,” she added.
PNRC national office records, Abotanatin said posted 38,000 dengue cases nationwide from January to July this year with 200 deaths. In Sorsogon province, Abotanatin said only nine dengue cases were recorded during the same period. (PNA)