More than 1,200 residents of the different barangays of Baras have been provided with free medical services and medicines under the “Konsulta sa Barangay – A Free Medical Consultation” project of Mayor Jose Paolo P. Teves III.
Since the project was launched on Nov. 16, 2019 in barangay Genitligan, 15 out of the municipality’s 29 barangays have already been visited by the medical team in the mayor’s effort to bring health services closer to the people and reach out to less-privileged people in need of basic medical care and treatment.
Initiated by Mayor Teves’ office in cooperation with Congressman Jose J. Teves Jr. of TGP Partylist to address the need for health care considering the absence of a community hospital in this town of 13,000 population, the “Konsulta sa Barangay” is also aimed at reaching out even the farthest and the smallest community of the town to ensure that they are checked on and provided with medicines. House visits to bedridden and disabled patients are also done to conduct medical check-up on patients, with the project team scheduled to visit all Baras barangays twice every year.
The medical team is headed by Dr. Angel Lamban, who is accompanied by a volunteer nurse and deployed personnel of the Department of Health – Human Resource for Health (HRH) assigned in the catchment areas where the consultation is scheduled to be done.
Already, the program is playing a significant role in providing essential care within the communities of Baras.
TGP Partylist distributes food packs
Meanwhile, Congressman Jose “Bong” Joson Teves Jr. of TGP Partylist and Congressman Hector Sabeniano Sanchez of the Lone District of Catanduanes last week distributed food packs to affected families and households which reported partial and total damage due to Typhoon “Tisoy” that hit the island-province in December 2019.
Last month, the island’s congressmen pooled their funds to provide food packs to the 5,000 families as identified by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as affected by “Tisoy.” Initial distribution was conducted in parts of Virac on Jan. 10 to 11, 2020 with 1,055 recipients, followed by the towns of San Miguel (508 recipients), Bato (498 recipients) and other part of Virac (850 recipients) on Feb. 21, 2020.
The remaining food packs of almost 3,000 will be distributed to typhoon-affected residents of the municipalities of San Andres and Caramoran on a later date.
In a related development, the TGP partylist was able to provide various assistance amounting to P825,200 for educational, medical, transport and burial purposes to 196 clients from October to December 2019. Educational assistance had the biggest share at 75% in the amount of P618,700.00, medical assistance at 17% with P140,000.00, burial assistance at 6.9% amounting to P 57,000.00 and burial assistance at 1.1% with P 9,000.00.
All municipalities have benefitted from the funds downloaded by TGP Partylist to the DSWD regional office for the Assistance to Individuals In Crisis Situation (AICS) program. (Romeo A. Aco)