By RECCORD (PR)
BANGUED, Abra — The Regional Ecumenical Council in the Cordillera (Reccord) in partnership with the League Of Volunteers for relief Expeditions (Love), a US-based cause-oriented group of medical professionals who provide medical and dental missions to areas of need and disaster stricken regions in the Philippines, conducted a medical mission at the relocation site in Tamac, Villaviciosa, Abra last March 10.
The medical mission was a result of a dialogue with the residents after the relief operation which Reccord conducted in November 26, 2015.
It can be recalled that the homes of the Tamac folks were destroyed when Typhoon Ineng struck Cordillera August last year.
According to Ptr. Maricar P. Delfun, program coordinator, residents are already getting sick at the relocation site and some of the old folks already died because they were exposed to the harsh elements of nature and the cold weather this early part of 2016. She said that the residents are now staying in the permanent relocation site identified by the government and living in makeshift tents.
Delfun said others started to construct semi-permanent structures and the rest are waiting for the housing assistance promised by government agencies.
According to Brgy. Captain Carmelo Bayod about 60 families have to be relocated again to higher and safer grounds after the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) declared their first relocation site unstable. “They can no longer go back to their original place and so their economic activities were affected,” he said.
More than one hundred patients were examined and given medicines including school children during the medical mission. They were able to treat common illnesses like upper respiratory tract infections, urinary tract infections, gastrointestinal tract infections, and rheumatoid arthritis.
The Love medical team led by Dr. Ariel Tolentino and Baron Cabalona, promised to come back next year to the Cordillera. “We will consistently work with you in the years to come,” said Tolentino.
Since this is a yearly activity of Love. Cordillera will be one of their priority areas.
The said medical mission was in coordination with the Local Government Unit through Barangay Captain Carmelo Bayod, the Municipal Health Officer of Villaviciosa, Abra, Dr. Janice Dines and their municipal health workers, a nurse from the Department of Education, Abra and the countless rural health workers who volunteered.
Other groups that participated in the medical mission are Church Workers from the United Church of Christ in the Philippines and Iglesia Filipina Independiente, non-government organizations like Cordillera Health Education Services and Training in the Cordillera Region (Chestcore), Kakailian Salakniban Tay ti daga a Nagtaudan (KASTAN) and the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) – Cordillera. # nordis.net