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BUGHO, San Fernando, Cebu (April 30, 2016) — Seven physicians and two dentists joined community leaders and volunteer employees of two corporations operating in this town in a medical mission that served 388 residents in this far hinterland barangay.
The beneficiaries came today from Bugho’s five sitios – Bandilaan, Kawasan, Sambulanan, Tagaytay and Thru-cut – who barangay captain Pedro Sebial and barangay health workers gathered recently at Bugho Elementary School.
Taiheiyo Cement Philippines, Inc. (TCPI) and Solid Earth Development Corp. (SEDC) sent the mission to Bugho for the third time since November 2008 that attended to 500 patients and in May 2012 when 380 residents were served.
TCPI senior vice president Takashi Miyashita and SEDC director and technical adviser Hiroyuki Sakakibara led the employees of both companies who volunteered for the mission.
The doctors tackled cases of hypertension, gastric hyperacidity, myalgia (body pains), common cough and colds, fever, urinary tract infection and refraction errors among 144 adults.
They also addressed cases of common cough and colds, skin wounds and dental carries among the 146 children, according to Mitzie Almira I. Carin, SEDC human resources and administration manager.
TCPI company physician Dr. Ildebrando Estella led the doctors — Dr. Armindo Ceniza Jr., Dr. Debra Maria Catulong, Dr Easter Lette Estella, Dr. Normacita Infantado, Dr. Celso Pacana Jr., and Dr. Galileo Velasquez.
Company dentist Dr. Pearl Angeli Cabauatan and volunteer dentist Dr. Mechell Torres also attended to 15 adults and children whose decayed teeth needed extraction.
They gave each free spectacles, added Carin, who also manages the joint Social Development Management Program (SDMP) of TCPI and SEDC.
The trimestral mission pursued under such SDMP has already attended to 20,397 patients since it started 10 years ago.
It had earned the commendation of the Cebu Provincial Government for providing townsfolk access to health care, especially for those in the hinterlands whose residents hardly find access to services at public hospitals.