CITY OF MALOLOS – Amidst monsoon rains, tropical storm “Yagi” and floods, the Provincial Government of Bulacan and the Veterans Memorial Medical Center pushed through with their Medical, Surgical and Dental Mission held at the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium in this city yesterday to address the health care needs of Bulakenyo veterans and their dependents.
The said activity was done in response to the request of Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado to provide medical services for the veterans who are World War II Veterans and AFP Retirees as well as their qualified dependents, their spouse and children below 18 years old who do not have expedient access to VMMC.
According to the VMMC, they gave out maintenance medicines, which are good for two months and reading glasses for free. For veterans and dependents who are in need of wheelchairs, the Philippines Veterans Affairs Office will provide for them.
A total of 500 Bulakenyo veterans and their dependents benefited from the said medical mission.
“Bagaman libre naman ang mga ganitong serbisyo sa VMMC araw-araw, ninais ni Gob. Alvarado na ilapit na ito sa mga Bulakenyo para hindi na mahirapan pang lumuwas at hindi lang ito medical mission, layunin din nitong ipaalam ang iba pang benepisyo na pwedeng ma-avail ng ating mga beterano at pamilya,” Rowena Joson-Tiongson, head of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, said.
Among the services offered in the recently concluded medical mission were consultation with an ophthalmologist and pediatrician, checkups for EENT, Ob-Gyne and Orthopedics; and therapy for arthritis, stroke and newly operated patients.
Moreover, Commodore Salvador Esguerra, vice president for operations of the Veterans Federation of the Philippines, explained that a veteran or a dependent who will be admitted in any hospital can reimburse their bills less the PhilHealth and senior discounts.
Digna Valerio, a veteran’s wife from the City of Malolos, said that she’s thankful for the services that she was able to avail like eye consultation and free medicines.
Also, Aurora Leonardo from Norzagaray appreciated the efforts of the PGB and VMMC and realized importance of the said activity.
“Ito’y talagang maganda at kahit na bumabagyo pinupuntahan namin kasi kailangan namin lalo na ‘yung mga mahihirap. Very thankful ako at nalaman ko at naintindihan ‘yung nangyayari sa katawan ko,” Leonardo said.
However, both Valerio and Leonardo expressed the same sentiments about augmenting the current P5,000 monthly pension that they are receiving from the government.