Despite the unceasing rain until eight o'clock in the morning, people of Barangay Cacub, City of Koronadal received truckload of gift packs and goodies from Philhealth XII through its Medical-Dental Mission and Feeding Program for children recently.
“Masaya. Maraming tao. Busog ako nakita ko pa si Jollibee! (I am happy. There are many people. And I saw Jollibee),” said Reynante Batoy.
Batoy is one among 100 kids who had arroz caldo, champorado and hamburger while others were having their medical and dental check up.
“It’s already 2 ½ years, that i suffered from my decayed molar. With a minimal income and other important household expenses, seeing a dentist is not my priorities,” Cleotilde Hernando said.
Hernando is one of the 50 patients Dr. Vivian Suarez had in the morning; 80% of whom has just received their first dental service.
“…having 5 children with my husband’s 200 average daily income as skylab driver, life is not easy. Thank you for the free check up, vitamins and medicines for my boy,” Mylene Cabellon said.
Cabellon had been a Philhealth member under the sponsored program since last year but confessed that drugs and medicines to sustain her weak son is the least she could provide.
Lorelie G. Bonilla, (second from left) Head of the Collection Section is obviously fulfilled with what she did and her staff for the people of Cacub.Next to her is Bgry Chairman Clarita M. Paciente of Cacub, Koronadal, South Cotabato
“My one pail of goodies is already equivalent to my 4-day income as farm laborer. I did not expect to receive this pail of rice, milk, coffee, sugar, bread, sardines and noodles. Thank you to PHilhealth,” Bebeng Malid said.
Malid, a 40 year old Bla’an with 8 children received groceries like other 500 families in the community.
“As a mother of four whose husband is also a laborer, I am happy and grateful that I received this maternity kit from Philhealth,” Belen Dauay said.
Dauay with other nine pregnant women received the package from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
“On behalf of my wife, I wanna say thank you to PHilhealth for giving her wheelchair because she had been staying at home for ten years now,” said Apolonio Magluyan.
Felecima Magluyan, her spouse is one of the two recipients of wheelchairs donated by the late Dr. Rogelio Sandig.
The other one who received the same is their daughter, Violeta Jongay who had been staying at home for 5 years because of tuberculosis and rheumatism.
Other sponsors of the activity were CK, Columbia, DSWD, DOH, DOLE, GP, Kablon, Alandia Multi Purpose Cooperative, Dr. Allan Dideles, Dr. Ruth Sampiano-Reginaldo, Sadok, Campus Art, Faciolan Rice Mill, Food Perfect Corporation, J. Ontanillas, Agri-Chem Supply, Krisnel Agri Supply, Mr & mrs. Diosdado R. Faeldonia, Mr. & Mrs. Reuben O. Ortiz, Mr. & Mrs. Teofilo Osano, Progressive EMRU, Ontanillas Agri Buy and Sell, Yellow Bus Line, Inc., EMR, Sta. Cruz Fishing, La Forteza Pharmacy, Rose Pharmacy, LCT Hardware, Russan Marketing, Ang Rice and Corn Mill, MINRICO, Robeth Gen. Mdse, Young Learners, Cyber Junction and CT Commercial
“It’s just a small thing for Philhealth and its sponsors but already a BIG THING for us being the most depressed among the 27 barangays in Koronadal and if Mayor Peter Miguel said Kanami Koronadal; we the people of Cacub wanna say, Kanami Philhealth,” Barangay Chairman Clarita Paciente said.
Despite its status, all barangay officials are registered under the Individually Program and pay their contribution quarterly while majority of their indigents are under the Sponsored Program.
“This is our way of saying thank you because of your updated and consistent support to Philhealth.,” Philhealth XII Regional Vice President, Ramon F. Aristoza, Jr. said. (HGN)