A total of 7,832 people were helped by the Office of the Vice President (OVP) in separate medical missions in Nueva Vizcaya, Zamboanga and Nueva Ecija.
In addition, 2,666 beneficiaries were able to take part in simultaneous medical missions held in five towns in Nueva Vizcaya on March 15.
In a report to Vice President Jejomar Binay, Assistant Secretary Rosalie Licauco said the OVP provided medical, dental and eye checkups in the municipalities of Bayombong, Dupax del Norte, Dupax del Sur, Kasibu and Kayapa.
The OVP was able to help 811 people in Bayombong, 482 in Dupax del Norte, 556 in Dupax del Sur, 428 in Kasibu, and 389 in Kayapa.
Binay said his office regularly conducts medical missions in different provinces “to reach out to those who can’t afford to go to hospitals for checkups or buy medicines.”
“We intend to help those living in poor municipalities,” he added.
Binay earlier visited Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao and the Mountain Province to donate medical equipment and inaugurate Senior Citizen Centers funded by the OVP.
Last month, the OVP helped 5,166 people in medical missions held in different municipalities in Zamboanga and Nueva Ecija.
In Zamboanga, the OVP served 419 beneficiaries in Barangay Santa Catalina, 498 in Barangay Talon-Talon, 488 in Barangay Taluksangay, 509 in Barangay Tetuan, and 384 in Barangay Tulungatung.
Meanwhile, in Nueva Ecija, 563 beneficiaries were served in Gibaldon, 758 in Licab, 434 in Llanera, 550 in Peñaranda, and 563 in Quezon.