BINMALEY – – -Some 3,000 residents of Brgy. Caloocan Sur, Dupo and Salapingao in Binmaley lauded Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. for staging the first- ever “Adopt a Barangay Project” dubbed -Puso mo para sa Ilog ko, Handog pang-kalusugan at pagtatanim ng Pakar, last February 18.
The activity spearheaded by the Pangasinan Provincial Hospital (PPH) with the support of the Provincial Health Office (PHO), Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAg), Provincial Task Force Kalikasan and General Services Office (GSO).
The program has provided free medical assistance, preventive health activities, mangrove planting and electro-cardiogram (ECG) to the residents of the three barangays.
According to PDRRMC Executive Officer Paterno Orduña, the medical mission was personally requested by Governor Espino as part of his major development programs to help the poor populace of the Pangasinan.
PPH chief Dr. Jackson Soriano, said the medical mission is also part of ” Ilog Ko, Bilayen Tan Aroen Ko,” an environmental advocacy campaign launched by the Espino administration, adding that “massive river clean-up was the first stage, and bringing this medical services to the grassroots is the second.”
Aside from the medical assistance program, Jackson said they also provided health information on sanitation, importance of safe water, sanitary toilet and prevention of dengue, neo-natal and maternal care, and proper hand washing and brushing of teeth.
Meanwhile, 4,000 seedlings of mangroves (Pakar) were planted. According to OPAg chief, Dalisay Moya , the tree planting is in line with Gov. Espino’s Coastal Resources management program which is in support to environment protection and mitigation of climate change that we are experiencing right now.
During the medical mission, Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. , PDRRMC executive officer Paterno Orduña, PHO chief Dra. Ana Ma. De Guzman,PPH chief Dr. Jackson Soriano signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Salapingao Brgy. Capt. Mars delos Reyes, Dupo Brgy. Capt. Leo Padilla and Caloocan Sur Brgy. Capt. Tito Sison.
The MOA aims to safeguard and conserve the rivers and other similar resources of Pangasinan.
Jackson said they will provide free medical assistance through the preventive, promotive, diagnostic and curative care to the residents of the three barangays every six months in return for their active participation in the conduct of all activities necessary to attain the objectives of the ” Ilog Ko, Bilayen Tan Aroen Ko” program.(PIO/Darwin Magalong)