Project Buligay of Iloilo, Philippines

Thousands of less-fortunate individuals in the province of Iloilo have benefited from the various medical services rendered through the “Project Buligay” of provincial First Lady Cosette Rivera-Defensor, the Iloilo Provincial Goverment and partner agencies last year.

Target of the medical mission was the economically deprived population located in far-flung barangays that are seldom or never been reached by basic health services for reasons of distance or lack of interest due to economic difficulties.

“Project Buligay’s” first staging was held on June 25, 2011 coinciding with the launching of the province’s one million trees project, the Action for Regreening and Transformation (ART) I in Barangay Cahigon, Calinog.

The project was able to make 507 medical consultations, 42 tooth extractions, 36 circumcisions, 205 deworming and supplementation, 83 anemia detection and 160 diet counseling for children and adults not only from Barangay Cahigon but also from neighboring villages.

On October 1, 2011, another “Project Buligay” was held in Barangay Bagongbong, Lambunao which also coincided with the holding of the Phase 2 of ART I.

The project successfully gave medical consultation to 272 individuals, dental/tooth extraction to 50 individuals, circumcision to 20 children, and haircut to 31 individuals.

The supplemental feeding conducted with the help of the Philippine National Red Cross served 520 individuals while 44 children availed of Nutrition Assessment, Deworming and Supplementation.

Last December 17, the “Project Buligay” team went to the municipality of Mina where it was able to conduct 1,254 Medical Consultations, 133 Dental Extractions, 329 Nutritional Assessments, 258 Circumcisions, and 11 Surgical Excisions.

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