US military brings aid to Palawan

MORE than 800 residents of Rizal and Quezon cities in Palawan received free medical and dental care from the United States Civil-Military Support Element-Philippines (CMSE-PHL) during an outreach program organized by the provincial government from 19 to January 22.

According to the US Embassy in the Philippines, CMSE-PHL worked with local partners to bring in the donation of nearly 1,000 kilograms of medical and dental supplies worth over $14,000 (P717,000).

The embassy said the donation was aimed at bolstering ongoing medical awareness programs conducted by provincial and municipal governments.

He said CMSE-PHL also helped facilitate travel for doctors and dentists from the city of Puerto Princesa to provide medical consultations and dental training workshops.

CMSE-PHL provided the medical and dental services in cooperation with the local government units of Rizal and Quezon, the 18th Special Forces Company of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Palawan Department of Health (DoH), the Chapter of the Philippine-Palawan Dental Association, and local chapters of the Kiwanis Club and the Philippine Eagles.

The Embassy also said that thanks to the support of the CMSE-PHL, the DoH was able to vaccinate more than 140 people in the most rural areas of Rizal and Quezon against Covid-19 with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Mayor of Quezon Joselito Ayala said he was grateful to see CMSE-PHL come to work with them in their mission to bring services to the people of Quezon.

“We are proud to be able to travel to Rizal and Quezon for our medical and dental activities and contribute to a 75-year legacy of friendship and cooperation between the United States and the Philippines,” said Sgt. 1st Class Phillip Mendoza of CMSE-PHL said.

CMSE-PHL has also donated four medical tents to the Puerto Princesa City DoH to assist the local government’s ongoing vaccination efforts.

Captain Jose Syrill Pervez, commander of the AFP’s 18th Special Forces Company, said the medical mission is an example of the strong US-Philippine partnership in action.

“We have the military, the government, the Filipino civilians and now our US partners in CMSE-PHL working side by side to support the people of Rizal and Quezon. I hope we can continue this effort together,” said said Pervez.

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