Ilonggos hail PGMA's Botika ng Barangay program

September 25, 2009 9:41 am 

CABATUAN, Iloilo, Sept. 25 — Thousands of Ilonggo residents braved heavy rains Thursday to welcome President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo with enthusiasm as she opened the 15,000th Botika ng Barangay at the Tiring Elementary School in Barangay Tiring here.

The residents thanked the President for the program aimed at providing cheaper but quality medicines for the poor.

Mateo Elementary School principal Erna Arlanza was profused with gratitude as the Botika ng Barangay finally reached their community.

“Since the medicines being sold in the Botika ng Barangay OUTLETS are 50 percent lower compared to branded ones, it is a big help to most of us residents since majority of the people here are poor. The money that will be saved can be added to our daily needs,” Arlanza said.

She said that people, who buy maintenance drugs for hypertension and other diseases, could greatly benefit from this effort initiated by the government.

Tiring barangay chairman Genovevo Montecado praised the program, saying it was to provide affordable but high quality medicines.

Montecado said that residents had a hard time buying medicines in another outlet located three kilometers away because they needed to cross a river just to get there.

The village chief noted that he could now buy his daily dose of multivitamins in the newly-opened outlet and save half the amount for his other needs. (PNA)

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