By Philippine News Agency
Residents of four towns of Batangas province have benefitted from medical, dental and community services conducted by a joint military and police task force this month.
“Task Force Ugnay”, which combined the Army’s and Philippine National Police’s (PNP) medical, health and community service teams, have reached out to hundreds of residents of the towns of Lian, Balayan, Calaca, and Calatagan, especially those who are less privileged.
“It is through addressing their issues and concerns that we let our people feel how important they are to us, and how dedicated the government is in reaching out and helping them,” Lt. Col. Reynaldo R. Malapad, task force commander and 2nd Civil-Military Office Battalion commanding officer, told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Wednesday.
The task force extended various medical and dental services, free haircut, school supplies and used clothes, free circumcision, film showing, storytelling for the children, massage therapy to local residents, and conducted a feeding program, and a jobs fair.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and PNP also set up a recruitment booth.
Malapad said about 800 residents of Lian availed of the services last April 22, along with 700 from Balayan, on April 21, 600 from Calatagan, and 300 from Dacanlao, Calaca on April 14.
Gracing the community outreach were Brig. Gen. Arnulfo Marcelo B, Burgos, Commander of the 202nd Infantry Brigade, and Brig. Gen. Emmanuel Joaquin B. Guina, Commander of the Civil Military Affairs Brigade, AFP Reserve Command.