Community Service

Army, LGU, Volunteers Converge for Joint Medical, Dental, and Community Outreach Program at Dumingag’s Farthest ELCAC Barangay

The Philippine Army joined hands with the Municipal Government of Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur and volunteers to bring much-needed medical, dental, and social services to residents of Barangay Saad, Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur on March 12, 2024.

Barangay Saad, a geographically isolated and disadvantaged area, was cleared of CPP-NPA influence through the Army’s Community Support Program (CSP) in 2020. This joint outreach program signifies the continued efforts to heal the community, promote lasting peace and order, and sustain the gains of the CSP.

Doctors from Zamboanga City, DOH-Region 9, Zamboanga del Sur Medical Center, Kuta Cesar Sang-an Station Hospital, and the 1361st Dental Detachment of the 1st Infantry “Tabak” Division provided free medical checkups and benefitted 195 residents; dental treatment for 37 residents; and free circumcision to children. The Army’s 102nd Infantry “Igsoon” Brigade, 547th Engineer “Agila” Battalion, 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion, and 1st Cavalry “Tagapanguna” Battalion also participated in the event, ensuring its smooth operation.

The outreach program also extended services beyond medical care. The Office of the Vice President (OVP) generously donated 150 food packs, while the Philippine Army Finance Center Producers Integrated Cooperative (PAFCPIC) provided 200 pairs of slippers, 200 loot bags, 600 face towels, 150 umbrellas, and even 176 Chicken Joy meals for the residents. Children were treated to fun games and a magic show, adding a touch of joy to the day.

This joint initiative between the Army, LGUs, and volunteers exemplifies the whole-of-nation approach championed by the government to address the root causes of local communist armed conflict (ELCAC). By working together to deliver basic services and fostering a sense of community, this program lays the groundwork for a peaceful and prosperous future for Barangay Saad.

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