PGMA launches Common ‘Tao’ Day in Binalbagan

October 16, 2009 9:48 am 

BINALBAGAN, Negros Occidental, Oct. 16 – After launching the week-long fight against extreme poverty in Moises Padilla town, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo Friday afternoon launched the common man’s day at the Pedro Yulo Sports and Cultural Center here, a good 45 minutes drive away from the first venue.

She will be holding the Common Tao Day every Friday from hereon, in keeping with the tradition started by her father, the late President Diosdado Macapagal, who set aside a fixed day for interacting with common citizens.

The President gave away 16 sets of medical kits, each worth at least P2,000, to different barangays. Each kit contains assorted medicines, blood pressure apparatus, syringes, surgical gloves, bandages, breast pumps, and specimen bottles.

She then distributed reading glasses as well as wheelchairs to physically impaired residents here as she assured dialysis treatment to beneficiaries who earlier sought medical assistance from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).

PCSO is tasked with organizing medical and dental mission during the Common Tao Day in keeping with its mission of helping the needy gain access to fast and efficient medical service.

Before she arrived at the site, residents from 16 barangays here held an hour-long motorcade within the municipality to announce the start of the Common Tao Day. The sick were given free medical treatment by 24 doctors from the Philippine Army, Philippine National Police, and nearby government and private hospitals, who volunteered three optometrists and 24 nurses.

From Binalbagan, the presidential convoy went through a long, rough ride to Bago City for the Farmers Festival and the launching of post harvest facilities and the Bago River Irrigation System. (PNA) scs/OPS/utb

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