LtCol. Erwin Alea, Maj. Cherry Llave, LtCol. Reynaldo Cruz, MGen.
Jet Velarmino and Dr. Benedict Valdez during the Free Clip Lip
and Palate Surgery at Samar Provincial Hospital from May 4-8,
8ID partners with
Maharlika Foundation and Smile Train, and Road Bees2 in providing free
clip lip and palate surgery
By DPAO, 8ID PA
May 11, 2015
CAMP VICENTE LUKBAN,
Catbalogan City – The 8th Infantry Division, Philippine Army
partnered with the Davao City based Maharlika Foundation; United
States of America based Smile Train Children Charity; the Catbalogan
City based motorcycle rider group, Road Bees 2; and Samar Provincial
Hospital (SPH) in providing free clip lip and palate surgeries from
May 4-8, 2015 at Samar Provincial Hospital in Catbalogan City.
The Medical Team of the
Command led by Lt. Col. Reynaldo R. Cruz (MC), Commanding Officer,
Camp Lukban Station Hospital participated in the conduct of surgeries
along with the medical doctors provided by SPH and other partner
organizations. The Army Command also provided 40 Cot Beds and four
Squad Tents that served as the Command Center and resting area of
different medical teams.
The endeavour benefited 50
indigent individuals whose clip lip and palate deformities underwent
corrective surgeries. The eldest beneficiary was 60 years old, while
the youngest was 13 years old.
Lorda A Fuego, whose
daughter underwent corrective surgery was thankful to the organizers
of the medical mission and said that the free surgery provided is a
turning point of her daughter’s life as she will now be acknowledged
as a normal child.
Maj. Gen. Jet B. Velarmino
AFP, Commander of 8ID lauded the effort of the 8ID Medical Team, the
Maharlika Foundation, the Smile Train Children’s Charity, the Road
Bees 2, and the Samar Provincial Hospital (SPH) for the partnership in
providing free clip lip and palate surgeries to indigent patients. He
also said that 8ID will always be ready and willing to work with other
stakeholders to be of service to the people of Eastern Visayas, such
as the just concluded free Clip Lip and Palate surgeries rendered for