Taiheiyo serves 469 Tabionan residents in September medical, dental mission


Taiheiyo Cement Philippines Inc. (TCPI) attended to the medical, dental and visual needs of 469 residents of Tabionan hinterlands in another mission the company sent on Sept. 28 in San Fernando, Cebu.
The mission returned to Tabionan since August 2009 when it treated 677 patients, again in collaboration with Solid Earth Development Corp. (SEDC) that operates a quarry in the barangay to supply TCPI with earth materials needed for cement manufacturing.
TCPI and SEDC conducted the mission at the Tabionan Barangay Hall where they attended to 358 patients with medical conditions, 83 others who wanted to see better and got free spectacles, and 18 more who either needed to have a nasty tooth extracted or their teeth cleaned.
Pursued under a joint Social Development Management Program (SDMP), TCPI company physician Dr. Ildebrando E. Estella led doctors, dentists, optometrists, nurses and paramedics in the whole-day mission.
Most of the cases they attended to included hypertension, muscle pains, arthritis, common respiratory and urinary tract infections, skin infections, gastritis, hyperacidity, iron deficiency anemia, disclosed Emylita B. Ortega, the SDMP team leader.
12,135 in 7 years
The joint TCPI-SEDC joint mission has already attended to no less than 12,135 patients since the program started seven years ago, making at least two rounds now in their 12 stakeholder barangays in San Fernando, recently in Magsico and Bugho.
The number included Pinamungahan early this year with 642 patients taken cared of, according to Esther P. Cola, TCPI senior manager for administration and human resources.
Tabionan chieftain Reniboy A. Dacalos thanked the Taiheiyo group for sending the mission again to his isolated barangay, a community of poor farmers whose families hardly get medical attention.
He said his constituents are very happy as they also brought home medicines needed for their ailments.

Tabionan barangay councilors, health workers and tanods assisted the Taiheiyo mission.