Spearheaded by GMA Kapuso Foundation, the humanitarian mission assisted by the 26th Infantry (Ever Onward) Battalion distributed some 3,000 school bags and school supplies to children to villages in these towns whose families were affected by the calamity wrought by flashfloods early this year.
Held for three days from April 26 to April 28, local health workers with the support of medical aide teams from the 401st Army Brigade and 26IB took the opportunity to render free circumcision to young boys, an age-old Filipino tradition during summer time to prepare young boys to become men in the next few years.
Some soldiers from 26IB also offered free haircuts to children and adults during the three-day activities.
In Veruela, some 371 children availed of the “Operation Tuli” conducted by staff of the Municipal Health Office assisted by the Army soldiers.
Veruela Mayor Myrna Mondejar expressed her gratitude to the major stakeholders especially to GMA KAPUSO FOUNDATION, DepEd Veruela and 26IB for choosing the municipality to be the recipient of said program that benefited her constituents especially the children and young adult who cannot afford to go to hospital for circumcision expenses.
Lt. Colonel Pagayon, commanding officer of 26IB, said “that the program is timely and appropriate the summer season and non-school days. It was a chance to avail freeservices beneficial to the young males of the municipality as this had been part of the physical/mechanical hygiene practice. …
“Ito ay isang konretong batayan na ang kasundaluhan ng 26IB at 401st Infantry Brigade sa pangunguna ni Colonel Cristobal N Zaragoza katuwang ang ibat-ibang stakeholders na patuloy sa pagsasagawa ng mga programa para sa mga kababayan natin lalo na sa mga mas nangangailangan” he added.
The safe and secured distribution of school items was facilitated by the representatives of GMA KAPUSO headed by Miss Didit Nocum and 26IB personnel headed by 2Lt Romel N Arnado, CMO Officer with the elements of Tactical Operations Group 10 of the Philippine Airforce.
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