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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Government agencies serve Sangbay Island folks

By Bong Garcia, Philippine Sun Star

EIGHT-HUNDRED individuals including children benefited from the one-day Medical, Dental and Civic Action Program (Medcap) last Wednesday in Basilan.

The program was held by multi-government agencies including the Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines (JSOTF-P) at remote Sangbay Island (big), Hadji Muhtamad, Basilan province.

Hadji Muhtamad Mayor Anwar Abdulmajid said Friday that among the services rendered were free medical consultation, tooth extraction, circumcision, haircut, and others as well as free medicines were given to those who need medication.

Abdulmajid said the people warmly welcomed the multi-agency groups that also include the Philippine Marine troops and JSOTF-P personnel who conducted the outreach mission.

He said the beneficiaries also include the residents of nearby Sangbay Island (small).

"Dati kasi kapag makakita o mabalitaan ng mga tao na may maga sundalo pupunta sa lugar nila, nagtatago sila," Abdulmajid said.

He said the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) provincial office led by Lilia Bucoy released P500 to each senior citizens’ through the "Katas ng VAT Para kay Lolo at Lola."

A feeding program was also held for the children by Bucoy's, Abdulmajid said.

He said the Department of Education (DepEd) provincial office headed by Nurhaya Abdurahim participated and readied the school classrooms for the opening of classes on Tuesday.

Officials of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm) Social Fund also joined them and inspected the different projects it implemented in Sangbay Island (big).

He said the Medcap was realized through the help of Western Mindanao Command, First Marine Brigade, Marine Battalion Landing Team-1, Provincial Health Office headed by Dr. Jarmila Ballaho, Naval Forces Western Mindanao Command, and Hadji Muhtamad municipal government.

Abdulmajid said the Medcap is all-in-one activity.

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