490 villagers benefit from Army’s medical outreach program in Compostela Valley province

October 19, 2009 11:16 pm 

CAMP KALAW, Monkayo, Compostela Valley, Oct. 20 – At least 490 far-flung villagers benefited from the Philippine Army’s medical outreach program on Monday at several areas in Compostela and New Bataan towns, in Compostela Valley (ComVal) province.

The medical outreach program is part of the Army’s 10th Infantry (Agila) Division’s peace and development effort in the region, under the direction of Maj. Gen. Reynaldo B. Mapagu, commanding general of the 10th ID.

The 3rd medical outreach program of “Alpha” Company of the 25th Infantry Battallion and “Charlie” Company of the 66th Infantry Battallion were supported by the provincial government of ComVal province ad municipal governments of Compostela and New Bataan towns, with the provincial health team of ComVal.

Lt. Colonel Gilbert F. Saret, commanding officer of the 25th IB, lauded the outstanding effort of the Civil Military Operation (CMO) company of Alpha and Charlie Company for the success of the medical outreach program in Sitio Baclog, barangay Osmena and Baranagay San Miguel, both of Compostela town and in Barangay Katipunan in New Bataan town.

“This is a big plus factor in our peace effort in said areas,” added Col. Saret.

Two other medical outreach activities were conducted in several areas in the province early this year.

With the all-out support of the national and the local government units, this will ensure that the basic health services of the local populace will reach the far flung areas and those who are in need, Gen. Mapagu said.

He said the medical outreach and other community development projects are simultaneously conducted by the Armed Forces of the Philippines throughout the country.

Operating troops from the 10th “Agila” Division’s CMO Company, 25th IB, 66th IB and other field units of the AFP in Southern Mindanao were deployed as Research Team for Peace and Development (RTPD) in the municipalities of ComVal province to help the local government unit (LGU) in the conduct of Rapid Need Assessment for Projects (RNAP) that will alleviate the living condition of the local populace and ultimately bring development in the area.

Another trust of the field units of “Agila” Division, along with the AFP Engineering Brigade and Battalion is the “Kalayaan sa Barangay Program” (KBP) where several projects such as farm-to-market roads, water and electrification system, day care and health centers are under going construction located at various parts in the region, added Gen. Mapagu. (PNA) FFC/MUC

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