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Thursday, October 29, 2009

3rd Civil Military Operations Company, JSOTF-P hold Zamboanga MEDCAPS

By Lt Col Jerry Lobb, Joint Special Operations Task Force Philippines Public Affairs

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – The Armed Forces of the Philippines’ 3rd Civil Military Operations Company teamed up with the Joint Special Operations Task Force – Philippines to conduct three Medical Civic Action Projects (MEDCAPs), providing medical and dental care to more than 1,300 patients Oct. 27-29.

The three events were held in the barangays (communities) of Campo Islam, (Oct 27), Baliwasan (Oct 28) and Santa Barbara (Oct 29).

“Being able to be part of this event was fantastic. It’s a pretty big feeling of pride to do what we’re doing here,” said Navy Hospital Corpsman 1st class Mike Davis.

The staff of the 3rd CMOC and their students attending SALA’AM Operators Course Class 07-09 organized the MEDCAPs as a training exercise, providing hands-on experience for those attending the course.

Following graduation, the students will be assigned to units where they will be organizing and conducting similar events.In addition to the 3rd CMOC and JSOTF-P, several other military and community organizations contributed medical supplies, food, clothing and personnel to support the event. Some of those organizations include: Western Mindanao Command, Marine Forces South, Camp Navarro General Hospital, the National Food Authority, Department of Health, Zamboanga City Health Office, The Department of Social Works and Development and the Coca-Cola Bottlers, Philippines Incorporated.

“I want the students to learn how to assist and win the support of the people in the communities where they will be assigned,” said Capt. Jomar Daquioag, commander of the 3rd CMOC. “We want the people in the barangays to understand the government is here to help improve their communities,” he said.

Navy Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Jeremy West participated in the first two events at Campo Islam and Baliwasan. West estimated he treated about 100 patients each day for ailments from coughs and skin problems to numerous patients with high blood pressure and diabetes.

“It is definitely a rewarding experience to be able to help these people,” he said.

Maj. Matt Marbella, Civil Affairs Company Commander for JSOTF-P was also proud to be part of the event.

“It was pleasures seeing the SALA’AM Company improve each day,” said Marbella. “We’re thankful they included us as part of their events. We wish them the best of luck and look forward to working with them in the field.”

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