(Legazpi City, February 18, 2022)- The Provincial Health Office (PHO) in conducting a simultaneous health services mission in Pawa Elementary School led by Governor Al Francis Bichara, with the volunteer team from Provincial Youth Development Office – Albay (PYDO) helped jointly hundreds of residents of the barangay Pawa, of free physical check-up’s, dental and optical deficiencies.

Aside from the health services, there was also a free haircut and distribution of seeds held sponsored by APAO headed by Ms. Che Rebeta, Provincial Agriculturist. The Barangay Pawa residents patiently waited in getting their blood pressures and temperature check-ups, obeying and following the strict rules of social distancing, while the volunteer team gave free “lugaw” and mineral waters, courtesy of Vice Governor Edcel Greco A. Lagman.

In an interview, a grade 12 student, Janalyn Perez, who lined up for her optical check-up, said that ever since she was an elementary pupil she had bad eyesight, saying further that her eyesight had worsened during the pandemic crisis caused by online classes due to the over use of the gadgets.

“Today is the day that I am able to have my eye check-up because of the free medical services,” she added

An 80-year-old male, waiting for dental check-up and in the extraction of his decaying tooth, was originally from Arimbay, and he came to Pawa after he had missed the medical mission on their own barangay.

Aside from him, there were also these two women both residents of Barangay Pawa, with ages 79 and 75, respectively, are sisters. One was disabled while the other one has a heart disease who lined up to get free medicines.

“Salamat sa mga siring kaining medical mission, ta natatabangan kaming mga wara kwarta.” she added. They have been waiting patiently along with the other residents to get the free medicine and vitamins by presenting their medical certificates and doctor’s prescriptions.

Jasmine Ericka Ollorga, Albay PIO

Photo Credits; Lorie Barcelon