BONTOC, Mountain Province – A total of 205 individuals from the Kataguan Dialysis Patients Organization benefited directly from the 3.424-million-peso proceeds of this year’s Kataguan Drive for Life held on December 10, 2023.
The Kataguan Drive for Life was spearheaded by Maximo B. Dalog Foundation, Inc. (MBDFI), in partnership with various government agencies and non-government organizations in the province. It started at the Eyeb Grounds in Bontoc going to Bagnen, Bauko, and finally culminated at the Blue Soil drop-off point in Sagada where the program was held.
According to Virginia Teresita D. Daping, the annual celebration of the Kataguan Caravan or Drive for Life started in 2015 by her late father, the late Maximo B. Dalog, Sr., to help those patients in Mountain Province who were diagnosed with dialysis and in need of financial aid to cover their medical expenses. Seeing its great impact on dialysis patients, the activity continued to be conducted until now.
On behalf of the MBDFI family, Rep. Maximo Y. Dalog, Jr. expressed his heartfelt gratitude to all the generosity of all the participants and sponsors of the Kataguan Drive for Life.
“Ken datako amin, datako amin ay wada sina, salasalamat ken dakayo. Adi men succeed na no maid kayo. Isunga nan menpasalamatak ket ken dakayo.
Nan MBDFI et esa lang ay instrumento. Esa lang na ay vehicle para matulungan tako nan nay da ay kakailyan ay men di-dialysis. Isunga adi kayo kuma maum-uma,” he said.
“Isunga iluwaluk, am-amed nan nay da dialysis patients, ta adi kayo kuma men give give up tay nay met naila yu nan suporta ya layad nan kailyan ken dakayo.
Ituloy yu ladta ta bareng umali nan agew ay waday nan medical breakthrough no kas ano ay maiwasan ya ma-agasan nan sakit ay CKD (Chronic Kidney Disease),” the Congressman continued saying as an encouragement to the patients.
Aside from the total collection of PhP3,424,000, the 205 patients also received hygiene kits from Unilever Philippines. According to Atty. Cyphrine Maxcel Y. Dalog, the kits contained Unilever products such as lotion, soaps, and toothpaste. She and Kataguan Dialysis Patients Organization President Rosario Sagmayao also expressed their gratitude to the participants and sponsors.
Meanwhile, showing support to the activity were Board Members Henry D. Bastian, Jr., Alfonso A. Ligos, Jr. and Kapon B. Gomgom-o; mayors Felicito O. Dula of Sagada, who delivered the welcome remarks, Bryne O. Bacwaden of Besao, and Clark C. Ngaya of Barlig; and also Mountain Province State Polytechnic College President Edgar G. Cue. By MP