Posted by: Teng | October 31, 2008

Acosta, Ola, Pablico partner with JCI PP Peacock, Inc. for med mission in Roxas

By JCI Mem. Cecil Fresnillo

AROUND 1,700 residents of Barangay Poblacion 2 and 4 of the municipality of Roxas was served by the Balikatan sa Kalusugan medical, dental and healthcare mission initiated by the JCI Palawan Region and the JCI Puerto Princesa Peacock, Inc. local organization membership (LOM) in partnership with the offices of Palawan board members Derrick Pablico, Leoncio Ola and Gil Acosta on October 18.

On the morning of the said date, more than 20 members of the LOM trooped in a convoy to the municipality, a silica mining town south of Palawan, to implement Balikatan sa Kalusugan, a project that was aimed at helping provide the basic medical, dental and healthcare needs of many residents of Roxas.

For a whole day, the members of the LOM and the staff of the three board members provided for free medical check-ups with medicine, free tooth extraction, blood typing, circumcision, blood sugar and cholesterol testing, blood smearing for malaria parasite (BSMP), blood pressure check-ups, and free long lasting bed net distribution courtesy of Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc.’ anti-malaria campaign.

In their messages, the three board members reminded the residents of the two barangays to mind their health and that of their families. “Health is important to all of us. These are the times when we should not neglect it,” Ola said.

“Our children’s health should also be minded. The saying that health is wealth is true. If our children are sick and we do not pay attention to them, they could lose their lives,” Pablico also said.

For his part, Acosta reminded barangay officials that they have the task to help care for the health of their residents by making sure that utmost concern is given so they can be self-reliant.

The board members said they initiated the medical, dental and healthcare mission in Roxas due to request from local barangay officials. In partnership with the JCI, the request was provided because the young professional leaders and entrepreneurs group cares for the welfare of the people through its social responsibility projects and programs.

Poblacion 4 barangay chairman Gilbert Ryan Corral, on the other hand, expressed his gratitude to the JCI Palawan Region, JCI Puerto Princesa Peacock, Inc., Acosta, Ola and Pablico for bringing Balikatan sa Kalusugan to his people.

“We are very thankful that our request for a medical mission happened here in our barangay. You have helped so many people and for that, they will always be thankful. We hope that this can be done again,” Corral said.

Balikatan sa Kalusugan was supported by the Western Command through Rear Adm. Ruperto Rico C. Borromeo, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, the municipality of Roxas through Mayor Dennis Sabando and his wife Angie, 1st Palawan District Rep. Antonio C. Alvarez, Marine Battalion Landing Team 9 under Lt. Col. William D. Bimeda and many more.

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