Solid Earth sends medical mission to Pinamungahan upland barangay

Pinamungahan Medical Mission

Medical services hardly reach the hinterlands but Solid Earth Development Corp. (SEDC) made sure those living in Anislag, Pinamungahan are attended with their health needs, even serving those in nearby Barangay Duangan.

SEDC sent a mission to Anislag on April 29 under its Community Development Program and served 1,002 patients, according to Mitzie Almira I. Carin, human resources and administration division manager.

At least 732 Pinamungahan residents consulted the doctors and brought home some needed medicines, while 35 others approached the dentists to check their teeth and had the decayed ones extracted, she said.

Optometrists provided 185 hillsfolk with optical services and gave free spectacles to those in need, while surgeons had 50 young boys circumcised, she added.

Mayor Glen Baricuatro sent the town's rural health unit staff and barangay health workers of Anislag and Duangan to assist the physicians ‐ Drs. Armindo Ceniza, Andres Gestopa, Normacita Infantado, Jake Ian Seno and Galileo Velasquez.

Barangay captains Marcelo E. Quia‐ot of Anislag, Annette J. Navarro of Duangan and Juan O. Candole of Sibago volunteered for and assisted the mission, including Drs. Pearl Angeli Cabauatan and Phil Raymond Oacan manned the dental section.

Unemployed

Olivo, Anislag resident Julita Generalao, 48, was pleased for the medical attention she and her son Benjie, 9, got, pointing out that being a widow working more to make ends meet makes it difficult for them to find time and resources for it.

"Dugay intawn natuli akong anak tungod sa kawad‐on. Maong dako kaayo ni nga tabang nga nakabenepisyo akong anak sa libreng tuli nga gidalit sa Solid Earth," she said. (It took some time for us to have my son circumcised because of sheer poverty. Solid Earth's free circumcision was a big help that benefited my son.)

Construction worker Fermin Alfara Sr., 43, of Bougainvilla, Anislag, said hardly would they get medical attention and free medicines, and the mission came at a time when he was unemployed and just trying to survive through farming.

He said he is pleased that his son Fermin Jr. had his decayed tooth extracted, noting that it takes about an hour to get to the town proper and that they would have had spent for the medicines.

Claudia Bacaro, 54, of Biasong, Duangan, got delighted that she could now read clearly again after some years now. "Dili tawn kami diri maka-afford og palit og antipara sama ani. Makaklaro na ko, makabasa na jud ko og balik," she said. (We could not afford to buy a pair of eyeglasses like this [that I now have]. I can now see clearly. I could finally read again.)

In April last year, SEDC sent a mission to Duangan and served 856 residents who also came from Anislag, Binabag, Busay, Guimbawian, Lut‐od, Ponod, Sambagon and Sibago.

With Taiheiyo Cement Philippines, Inc. (TCPI), the company also sent an earlier mission to two Pinamungahan barangays in March 2013 in coordination with Cebu Provincial Board Member Alex Binghay that attended to 642 residents.

SEDC will soon operate a quarry to mine out silica in an uninhabited portion Pinamungahan's uplands for manufacturing cement at the TCPI plant in South Poblacion, San Fernando.