Monday, April 26, 2010

Filipino, U.S. troops hold 1-day mission

Manila Bulletin, Tuesday, 02 February 2010


ZAMBOANGA CITY (PNA) - Close to 600 people,
including children availed of free services
at a one-day outreach mission held by
Filipino and United States (US) soldiers
together with provincial health officials
on the island province of Basilan.

Brig. Gen. Eugene Clemen, chief of the
Basilan-based 1st Marine Brigade, said the
outreach program was held Thursday in
Barangay Magkawa, AI-Barka town. Clemen
said 467 patients were examined and provided
with treatment, 83 had tooth extractions
and were provided with dental care, while
10 young boys were circumcised during the
Medical and Dental Civic Action
Program (MEDCAP). Clemen said the MEDCAP
is aimed to bring the soldiers closer to the
community whom they profess to serve,
protect and defend. He said it is also
aimed to win the hearts and minds of the people
towards supporting the military authorities
in the fight against lawless elements like
the Abu Sayyaf bandits.

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