The Office of the Vice President (OVP) served 66,951 patients in medical missions across 21 provinces and distributed a total of 133,346 relief packages to families affected by natural calamities in 2014.
Vice President Jejomar Binay said the OVP regularly conducts medical missions in different provinces to reach out to those who could not afford to go to hospitals or buy medicines. The relief goods, meanwhile, were distributed to families affected by fires, flash floods, and the alert status caused by Mayon Volcano.
Binay said while the removal of the social services fund lessened the budget of OVP, his office continued to deliver basic services the poor needed.
“Kahit na nabawasan ang budget ng aming tanggapan, patuloy po kaming gumagawa ng paraan upang makatulong at mapagsilbihan ang ating mga kababayan,” he noted.
According to its 2014 year-end report, the OVP helped 6,044 indigent clients received medical assistance. The patients or their families requested help to pay for dialysis, hospital bills, chemotherapy sessions, medicines, surgery and other procedures, implants, and hearing aids. These clients came mostly from Metro Manila but the OVP also
assisted clients from other regions.
The OVP also provided educational support to 9,700 elementary pupils and distributed medals and certificates of recognition to 8,000 students. Most of the beneficiaries were indigenous people and they received bags, notebooks, pencils and other school supplies.
It also distributed medals and certificates of recognition to 8,000 students, acknowledging their hard work and giving value to their academic achievements.
Just recently, Binay went to his home province of Batangas to help those who were affected by typhoon Ruby. The OVP distributed 915 relief packs to San Juan, 160 in Rosario, 600 in Lobo, 200 in San Pascual, and 200 in Lipa City.
The OVP also arranged simultaneous free medical and dental checkups for families displaced by last year’s siege of Zamboanga. The OVP was able to serve 594 beneficiaries in Alicia, 596 in Buug, 664 in Diplahan, 900 in Imelda, 715 in Kabasalan, 447 in Mabuhay, 716 in Malangas, 417 in Naga, 661 in Olutanga, 267 in Payao, and 379 in Talusan.