ILOILO – The three-day medical, surgical and dental mission of the provincial government helped 1, 277 poor Ilonggos in far-flung areas in Pototan and Carles on May.
The mission dubbed as Project Buligay sa Barangay was brought by Vice Governor Raul Tupas and Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. in Pototan Astrodome on May 27 and in Abong Elementary School and Gigantes Island, Carles on May 28 and 31.
The first day of the mission is solely surgical or circumcision of 206 children aged seven to 14 years old. Some children from nearby towns like Mina also availed of the service.
On the second day, the mission involved circumcision of 37 children and tooth extraction covering 28 dental patients from 15 mainland barangays of Carles.
Lastly, on the third day, the mission was held in partnership with army troopers from Camp Gen. Adriano Hernandez in Dingle, .
The medical consultation served 476 patients, while the dental and surgical helped 340 and 102 patients, respectively.
A free haircut was also made benefiting 88 adults in Barangay Lantangan and Gabi, Gigantes Island, Carles.
Project Buligay was conceptualized by Hospital Management Office as part of the usual scope of services of district hospitals.
It was an added feature of the hospital’s operation and management to link, align and network with other organizations to reach more people in need.
It’s an initiative that exhibits cooperation or the Filipino value of “bayanihan”. In order to sustain its operation, the governor allots P3-million annually in HMO regular funds.