29 July 2009

Morong residents benefit from SBMA medical mission

More than 150 residents from remote areas in Morong, Bataan, benefited from a medical mission initiated by the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) on the occasion of the 80th birthday celebration of Chairman Feliciano Salonga on Thursday.

The medical mission, which was conducted on Friday at the multipurpose hall of the Bataan Technology Park, Inc. (BTPi) in Sabang, Morong, provided medical check-up, as well as medical supplies and supplemental vitamins, to a total of 53 indigent families.

The SBMA also distributed food supplies, and bags and slippers for children, during the mission that was held in cooperation with a leading pharmaceutical company in the country.

According to Armina Belleza-Llamas, head of the SBMA Public Relations Department, which spearheaded the project, the beneficiaries came from the remote areas of SitioTimak and Sitio 12 in Morong’s barangay Mabayo, and Sitio Nossil and Sitio Repakpak in barangay Binaritan.

“A lot of residents from these remote areas lacked medical attention because of their remote location. We thought of this project to somehow help fill this gap,” Llamas explained.

The SBMA mission was also joined by Dr. Solomon Jacalne, head of the SBMA Public Health and Safety Department, and volunteer doctors Eve Lozano-Natividad and Conchita Carvagal.

They were assisted by members of the SBMA medical staff, SBMA forest rangers, and nursing students from the Subic Freeport-based Mondriaan Aura College.

The medical mission was part of a community service program undertaken by the agency on occasion of Salonga’s birthday on Thursday, July 23.

Aside from the medical mission on Friday, the SBMA initiated a tree-planting activity and conducted a seminar on waste management and recycling for families from neighboring communities on Thursday.

The conduct of these community-based activities during Salonga’s birthday, Llamas said, has become an SBMA custom since Salonga assumed the SBMA chairmanship in 2005. (SBMA Corporate Communications)

PHOTOS: Residents from remote areas in Morong, Bataan receive medical check-up during a medical mission initiated by the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority on Friday at the Bataan Technology Park.