(Legazpi City, March 14, 2022) – Over a thousand residents of Bgy. Pantao in Libon, Albay was served by the Provincial Health Office in its medical, dental, and optical missions held Saturday, March 12 made possible through the initiative of Governor Al Francis Bichara, and the Provincial Health Office (PHO) headed by PGDH Dr. Estela B. Zenit.

At least 1,434 residents came to be served with free medical consultations, given free medicines, dental check-ups, and tooth extractions side by side with the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, Provincial Agricultural Office, and the Provincial Veterinary Office.

The seven (7) barangays served were Caguscos, Macabugos, Tambo, Pantao, Talin-Talin, Rawis, and Apud.

In its full final report, the Provincial Health Office has accommodated a total of 1,434 beneficiaries of which 648 underwent medical consultation, 22 given anti-COVID-19 vaccines, 364 on optical services, 355 on free dental services, 36 were given free laboratory assistance, and only 9 boys given surgical help in the free “Operation Tuli.”

PSWDO led by PGDH Dr. Eva Grageda distributed again free wheelchairs and added stick canes to fully screened senior citizens and persons with disability (PWD), plus financial assistance to the unfortunate and indigent persons.

As a constant partner of PHO, the Albay Provincial Agricultural Office (APAO) led by PGDH Che Rebeta helped in giving away free vegetable seeds, combined with free haircut while free vaccination of anti-rabies and deworming pills to the pet animals by the Albay Veterinary Office led by PGDH Dr. Pancho Mella.

These departments that acted as partners in all the missions held all over Albay led by Governor Al Francis C. Bichara successfully delivered free services relevant to their specific workloads held together at Barangay Pantao’s big covered court.

Jose M. Briones/Kristel Abad, Albay PIO