US-based Ka­pam­pan­gan group con­ducts med­i­cal mission in Masan­tol town

Sun.Star Pampanga - - TOPSTORIES! - BY PRINCESS CLEA ARCELLAZ Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

MASAN­TOL – More than 700 res­i­dents from this fourth dis­trict town on Mon­day ben­e­fit­ted from a med­i­cal and den­tal mission spon­sored by a United States-based Ka­pam­pan­gan group.

Led by its Pres­i­dent Mina Ta­hay­eri, the Agu­man Ca­pam­pan­gan North­west USA (ACNU) mem­bers of­fered var­i­ous med­i­cal and den­tal ac­tiv­i­ties to­gether with dozens of vol­un­teer doc­tors, den­tists, phys­i­cal ther­a­pists and phar­maci st s.

Among the ser­vices that were ad­min­is­tered for free are med­i­cal check-up and con­sul­ta­tion, tooth re­moval, body re­flex­ol­ogy and gave away free medicines and eye­glasses.

Aside from be­ing a Masan­tol-na­tive her­self, Ta­hay­eri said that they have cho­sen Masan­tol to be one of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries as they have seen that many of the res­i­dents here, es­pe­cially those from coastal vil­lages, are still de­prived of med­i­cal at­ten­tion due to poverty.

Ta­hay­eri, mean­while, shared that their or­ga­ni­za­tion has been con­duct­ing med­i­cal and den­tal mis­sions not only in Pam­panga, but in the whole coun­try as well, for al­most 10 years now.

Founded in 1996, Ta­hay­eri dis­closed that ACNU was founded by Ka­pam­pan­gans from the north­west side of the US who wanted to aid needy ka­balens in the prov­ince.

“Our group was formed by just all Ka­pam­pan­gans who are thirsty to help and make a dif­fer­ence to our ka­balens here. Although most of us are not doc­tors, we were able to pull it out and share

some­thing from our pock­ets to make this project pos­si­ble,” she said.

Ta­hay­eri added that of the 22 towns and cities in the prov­ince, only three mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties were cho­sen to be ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the project namely Masan­tol, Ma­cabebe and Lubao.

Aside from this, Masan­toleño stu­dents from the five coastal vil­lages here also re­ceived some 1,500 san­dals and re­lief packs and around 6,000 tooth­brushes and tooth­paste.

Mayor Danilo Guintu, for his part, ex­pressed grat­i­tude for the as­sis­tance ex­tended by the or­ga­ni­za­tion to the mu­nic­i­pal­ity and his ka­balens.

“Hindi po sapat ang isang salita para ma­pasala­matan ko ang Agu­man Ca­pam­pan­gan. Sa libo-libo po na nat­u­lun­gan nila sa bayan natin, lu­bos ang pasasala­mat ng mga Masan­toleño,” he said, adding that it is the sec­ond time that Masan­tol was cho­sen as a re­cip­i­ent.

In re­turn, Guintu said that he as­sured the or­ga­ni­za­tion of the whole ac­tiv­ity through a four-month prepa­ra­tion since they re­ceived the e-mail of ACNU that they will be one of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries.

The lo­cal gov­ern­ment also ex­pressed their grat­i­tude to the group by award­ing them a cer­tifi­cate of ap­pre­ci­a­tion dur­ing the med­i­cal mission.

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