Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Philippine Army mercy mission benefits Iloilo village

ILOILO, Philippines – Philippine troops have mounted a joint humanitarian mission with students from the University of the Philippines-Visayas and the Philippine Dental Association on a village in Iloilo province as part of the Army’s continuing community service, officials said.

Officials said the soldiers, who are members of the 82nd Infantry Battalion recently held the medical and civic action in the village of Tapuan in Tubungan town.

They were also joined by personnel of Western Visayas Medical Center, Association of Municipal Health Office of the Philippine and Regional Health Unit of Tubungan. The medical team was provided by the 301st Infantry Brigade and led by Lieutenant Colonel Arlene Tupas, and the Philippine Dental Association headed Dr Florence May Arquillo.

Lieutenant Colonel George Joel Lalaquil, the battalion commander, said the soldiers provided free medical services to the villagers and students headed by Glen Dale Fantonalgo assisted them. “We rendered free circumcision, haircut and shiatsu massage services to the residents of the village,” Lalaquil said, adding more than 170 villagers benefited from the humanitarian mission.

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