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8ID free clip lip and palate surgery
(L-R) 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, 2015.

8ID partners with Maharlika Foundation and Smile Train, and Road Bees2 in providing free clip lip and palate surgery

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 indigent patients.