LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – Leading the mobile heath caravan of the Provincial Government of Pangasinan dubbed “I Love Pangasinan Kalusugan Karaban (ILPKK),” Governor Amado I. Espino, III also affirmed full support to youth formation and education to the barangayfolk of Bolinao.
Braving the heavy downpour and long journey to the Santiago Island, the provincial government brought the Kalusugan Karaban to Barangay Binabalian to deliver basic healthcare services for the welfare of Pangasinenses.
Barangay folks, young and old, warmly welcomed the arrival of Governor Espino and First Lady Karina P. Espino who all shared same smiles for the big opportunity to experience quality medical services for free.
It can be learned that the Kalusugan Karaban was a brainchild project of Governor Espino and administered through the Provincial Health Office (PHO) led by Dr. Anna Ma. Teresa S. De Guzman to reach the far-flung areas in the province.
Apart from the feeding program for the pupils of Binabalian Elementary School, Gov. Espino also led the distribution of rolls of olysset net or insecticide-treated nets to school administration; Gerry cans, hyposol and insecticide to barangay officials; sanitation hygiene kits to pregnant women; school supplies and slippers to school children and tokens to senior citizens.
The following are the health services provided in the mobile health caravan: medical and pedia consultation, free medicines after check-up, tooth extraction, supplemental feeding program, laboratory diagnostic examination – blood typing, RBS and urinalysis, TB control program – chest x-ray and exam, water sanitation service, lectures on health programs & dog vaccination. Added services are the following: haircut, eye refraction and pneumococcal vaccination for the senior citizens.
Elated for the full-blast efforts of the provincial government, Binabalian Barangay Captain Agustin Caasi expressed gratitude to Governor Espino for personally bringing the healthcare services.
“Kami po ay nagpapasalamat nang Malaki dahil nakapaswerte po naming at dinala niyo dito ang iba’t-ibang health services,” the barangay captain said.
Meanwhile, Public School District Supervisor and Binabalian Elementary School OIC-Principal Edwin Ampler commended the initiative of the leaders in the province to promoting health and education.
On its third season, the mobile caravan was intensified into three rounds each week to ensure that the PHO’s strategic direction: “to make Pangasinan the home of the healthiest Filipinos” is met.
Also present during the program were: Bolinao Acting Mayor Alfonso Celeste, department heads of the provincial government, such as: Provincial Agriculturist Dalisay A. Moya and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Col. Rhodyn Luchinvar O. Oro and Provincial Information Officer Orpheus M. Velasco. Also in attendance were some fisherfolk organizations in Barangay Binabalian.
By: Shiella Mae C. De Guzman