TCPI attends to medical, dental needs of over 600


Taiheiyo Cement Philippines, Inc. (TCPI) brought back on September 1st its medical mission to the interior hinterland barangay of Magsico in San Fernando and attended to 628 residents for various medical and dental needs.

The Magsico health center first listed 168 folks for the activity at the community gymnasium but 319 more came on D-Day with 20 dental cases and 121 optical concerns recorded, disclosed TCPI community development supervisor Vanessa Bongcawil.

Solid Earth Development Corporation (SEDC)  pooled its resources with TCPI under their joint Social Development Management Program (SDMP) as Magsico happens to host its quarry that provides the TCPI plant with earth materials.

The mission returned to Magsico since June 2009 when it treated 633 patients.

Dr. Ildebrando Estella, MD, the company physician, disclosed that his team attended muscular pains, arthritis, hypertension and gastritis among adults, while most kids had cough and colds, abdominal pains, fever, and upper respiratory tract infection.

Dentist-on-retainer Dr. Pearl Sabido Cabauatan, DDM, extracted the teeth that had long irritated the dental patients, while company nurses Fred Bert Cortes and Rosemarie Rabor assisted the physicians.

Esther P. Cola and Emylie B. Ortega, as top officers for community relations of TCPI and SEDC, respectively, oversaw the mission with the companies' community frontliners Gines T. Boltron, Efren Labrado, and Rolando Manalop.

Magsico barangay captain Johnny Arriesgado led in collaborating with TCPI and SEDC to make sure that residents make the most of the medical mission, especially that they live far from public hospitals and where physicians work.

The TCPI-SEDC medical mission has now served a total of 11,024 patients since 2006, covering the 12 stakeholder barangays of both companies, following the recent previous missions to Tonggo and North Poblacion and Bugho.