SAN SIMON - As a way of giving back to his alma mater, Sto. Niño Elementary School alumnus Perlito “Dong” Dagdag Jr. on Tuesday organized a free medical and dental mission for the benefit of students and residents of Barangay Sto. Niño.
Dagdag, who finished his primary level in the said school in 1996, said that the institution always had a special place in his heart as it played a huge role in making his childhood days fun and memorable.
“Ito iyong paraan ko para ibalik ang pasasalamat sa aking eskwelahan na tumulong at humubog sa akin simula noong kabataan ko, hanggang ngayon. Hindi lang dito sa elementary school kundi pati sa barangay kung saan ako ipinanganak at nakatira hanggang ngayon,” he said.
As the current executive assistant of Mayor Leonora C. Wong, Dagdag said he sought the help of the municipal and provincial government for the medical and dental services offered during the activity.
He disclosed that at least 300 students and 300 senior citizens from the barangay received free medical services, including health check-up, tooth extraction and distribution of various medicines and flouride.
“Ito po lahat ay libre para matulungan ko ang mga kabarrio ko sa kanilang mga pangangailangan pang-kalusugan. Whole day po ito, hangga’t may gustong magpacheck-up at magpabunot, welcome po sila,” he said.
Jenny Sotelo, one of the beneficiaries of the medical mission, expressed his gratitude to Dagdag and medical practitioners who extended their time and resources for the needy residents of the barangay.
“Napakalaking menos po nito para sa amin. Ngayon po may lagnat ang anak ko at hindi na namin kailangan pumunta pa sa mga klinika dahil inilapit na po sa amin ang medical mission at libre pa po pati ang gamot,” Sotelo said.