By Francis Wakefield
The Army’s 48th Infantry (GUARDIANS) Battalion participated in the Medical-Dental Mission and Symposium on Anti-Drug Abuse Awareness and Prevention Program in Porac, Pampanga, on Saturday.
More or less 450 beneficiaries of Brgy Tokwing, Porac, Pampanga benefited from the free Medical-Dental Mission and Symposium on Anti-Drug Abuse Awareness and Prevention Program (ADAP) with the theme: “KALINGA SA KAPWA” initiated by the Operation Help for Peace Foundation (OHPF) headed by Dra. Maribel Sison and SEGNOR Construction and Development Corporation headed by Engr. Segundo T. David.
Some 170 beneficiaries were given medical attention and 80 dental services were performed by the doctors, dentists and medical practitioners both from military and civilian sectors.
Likewise, 200 students of Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University (DHVTSU) attended the Symposium on Anti- Drug Abuse Awareness and Prevention Program.
Lt. Col. Arnel B. Cabugon, the Commanding Officer of the 48th IB, said a squad from the battalion was also on hand and participated in the successful conduct of the activity.
“We are always thankful for the partnership we have with OHPF headed by Dra. Sison who has been among our avid stakeholder especially in extending help for the poor and underprivileged,” he said.
The aim to increase the awareness on health, strengthen the education on drug-related issues and deliver basic health services to the poor and the underprivileged became the bond that united every military and civilian sector to pursue this cause.
“I am glad that we in the Philippine Army, especially here in 7th ID have been an instrument in the dissemination of information regarding health and drug related issues that are relevant today. The Medical and Dental Mission as well as the Symposium on Anti- Drug Abuse Awareness and Prevention Program are so timely giving them the opportunity and the right to be well again,” said Brig. Gen. Lenard T. Agustin, Commander of the 7th Infantry Division.