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Mission in Samar, a success Tulong Bulakenyo team comes home
By: PPAO
Friday, 29 November 2013
CITY OF MALOLOS—After seeing up close and render services such as medical mission, relief goods distribution and help in the clearing operation to victims of Super Typhoon “Yolanda” in Eastern Samar, the Bulacan Contingent is now back home.

Employees from the Provincial Government of Bulacan headed by Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado welcomed with pride the 104 volunteers composed of 24 doctors, one dentist, 32 nurses, five lay rescuers, three social workers, six truck drivers, two tanker drivers, 13 police security personnel, five bus drivers, four ambulance drivers, two PPAO staff and six support group headed by Provincial Administrator Jim C. Valerio, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Jocelyn E. Gomez and provincial medical consultant Dr. Florante Tuazon as they arrived yesterday at 4:00 in the afternoon.

“Walang sapat na salita para pasalamatan kayong lahat. Kayo ang dangal sa ating lalawigan, nakatala na sa kasaysayan ang inyong ginawa, maliit man, napakalaki niyan. It’s not how much, o kung gaano karaming bayan ang natulungan kundi ‘yung pagmamahal na ipinadama ninyo sa mga nasalanta,” Alvarado said.

The governor added that help will continue to pour to the typhoon-ravaged areas in the Visayas region.

“Nung panahon na tayo ay nasa state of calamity, tumulong ang kabisayaan sa atin sa abot ng kanilang makakaya. We are more blessed, tandaan natin mas mabuti ang nagbibigay kesa tumatanggap. Nakita n’yo pati sementeryo sa kanila wash out kaya sana wala ng kalamidad na dumating sa atin. Marami pa tayong ipamimigay, maghahanap lang tayo ng national agency na makakatuwang sa paghahatid nito sa mga nasalanta,” said Alvarado.

A teary-eyed Dr. Paul Ruel Camiña from the Bulacan Medical Center-Department of Surgery also shared their short personal encounter with the survivors of Yolanda.

“Ang ground zero po ay ‘yung limang bayan na pinuntahan namin, ang mga bayan ng Lawaan, Quinapondan, Giporlos, at Balangiga sa Eastern Samar at Marabot sa Western Samar. Our team did a good job ngayon lang po kami nagkakila-kilala pero kaming 104 na mga volunteer ay para nang iisang pamilya,” Dr. Camiña said.

The contingent distributed 19,050 packs of relief goods to the said five towns and P2 million worth of medicines to Lawaan, Quinapondan, Giporlos, at Balangiga where the medical mission was held.

“Thank you for the help kagaya ng tarpaulins, banig, saklay that you have extended to Albino M. Duran Memorial Hospital. May masisilungan na ang mga pasyente at healthworkers namin,” said Dr. Benedicto Garcia, Chief of Hospital of Balangiga District Hospital and President of Eastern Samar Medical Society.

Provincial Administrator Jim Valerio, head of the Bulacan Contingent presented to Alvarado and other provincial officials including Vice Gov. Daniel Fernando and Board member Michael Fermin a sack printed with words written in black paint “Thank you for helping us, from the people of Lawaan, Samar.

For her part, Dr, Joy Gomez said they did not only bring foods, medicines and medical aid but also inspirations.

“We planted hope in a hopeless heart, one’s burden got lighter because of us. We caused a laugh that wipes their tears away, our days were well spent in our journey to Samar. We would like to thank them for giving us the opportunity to serve God through them kahit sa maikling panahon lang,” said Gomez.

Based on the records of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, financial donations as of today has already amounted to P2,806,718.75 wherein P2,213,718.75 are in cash and the remaining P593,000.00 are in check.
The said mission was made possible with the cooperation of Philippine Medical Association and the Department of Health. ###

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