The 11th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army, based in Guihulngan, Negros Oriental, and the 302nd and 303rd Infantry Brigades, in collaboration with the provincial government of Negros Occidental, headed by Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., initiated a Caravan for Peace and Development in Barangay Puso, La Castellana, Negros Occidental, recently.
The activity was a one-stop-shop medical mission that included medical consultations, dispensing of medicines, dental service, haircut, massage, circumcision, fruit-bearing seedlings, and vegetables seedlings, a press release from organizers said Thursday.
Representatives of provincial departments and offices also attended to provide information and livelihood programs to the barangay populace.
A total of 1,273 beneficiaries from Barangay Puso had availed of the free services, like medical consultation (52), tooth extraction, (10), distribution of coffee seedlings (800), free haircut (47), circumcision (31), massage (33), and assorted non-food stuff (300).
The beneficiaries also received one bag of rice and goods.
Brig. Gen. Francisco Patrimonio, 302nd Brigade commander based in Tanjay City, Negros Oriental, the Armed Forces of the Philippines will continue to support and facilitate the peace initiatives of the government in attaining peace, security and development in the community.
Lt. Col. Wilfredo Isaac, commanding officer of the 11th IB in Guihulngan, Negros Oriental, said that the Army actively supports, advocates, and participates in peace-building in the country.
He also said “We should actively advocate peace, and work together to put forward the agenda of peace among the people”.*JFP/PR
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