A total of 543 fishermen and their families in Morong, Bataan received free health care services in a medical mission conducted by the Members Church of God International and its media partner, UNTV News and Rescue.
Coinciding their celebration of the Fishermen’s Day where the fishermen are acknowledged for their hard work and great part in the economy, the medical mission held on April 27 this year was a huge help the fishermen were thankful for as they rarely get opportunities for free medical checkups and treatments.
Despite having a difficult job and one that is prone to sickness, many fishermen cannot get treatment or have their bodies checked.
“Rain or shine, they are in the seas to earn a living,” said Bantay-Dagat Chairman Edwin Katamura, explaining that the fishermen have already enough worries on how they could get by a day to also think about medical expenses.
The town officials were also concerned about the different health problems that the intense labor and tough weather will bring to their fishermen.
Municipal Fisheries Coordinator Edwin Corbadora explained, “The sound of the engine rumbling all afternoon hurts their ears. Their eyes are also developing problems.”
The medical mission provided beneficiaries with medical and dental checkups, eye care services as well as free medicines. Free circumcision was also administered with the help of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force (PNP SAF).
“We are wholeheartedly thankful to Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path), to Bro. Eli Soriano, as well as Kuya Daniel Razon because they were very supportive. The help they gave here in the Day of the Fishermen is very big,” Morong Bataan Mayor Cynthia Linao-Estanislao thanked the public service team.
“The treatment and checkups are free so I am thankful to God and to those helped us,” remarked Juanito Ibarra, one of the beneficiaries.
For many years now, MCGI and UNTV, along with other key partners, regularly conduct medical and dental missions to different parts of the Philippines, giving indigents opportunities for free health care assistance.
Written by: Jenina Bontuyan