MASANTOL -- Some 4,000 indigent individuals from various barangays here benefitted from the medical and dental mission conducted by the J.C Binay Foundation Inc. over the weekend.
The "Puso Para sa Bayan" Caravan is aimed at providing health services to poor families in different towns, cities and provinces in the country.
Representative Mar-Len Abigail Binay (Makati City, 2nd District) and daughter of Vice President Jejomar Binay said the "Puso Para sa Bayan" started in May of this year and the first beneficiaries are the poorest of the poor in Caloocan City, followed by indigent families in Sta. Maria, Bulacan, in June and this month here in Masantol and next month in Tarlac.
"Ito ay isang nationwide na caravan na kung saan pumupunta kami sa ibat ibang probisya para magbigay tulong sa mga mahihirap natin kababayan sa pamamagitan ng libreng gamot, check-up, bunot ng ngepin, libreng gupit, eye check up, legal services at iba pa," Binay said.
Binay said the Puso Para sa Bayan caravan has coordinated with Representative Juan Pablo “Rimpy” Bondoc (Pampanga, 4th District), Board Member Nestor “Bay” Tolentino and Mayor Danilo Guinto to assure that their beneficiaries are indigent residents.
She added that funds used by the foundation came from private individuals and corporations.
Bondoc thanked Vice President Binay and her daughter for their concern to the people of Masantol.
"Maraming salamat sa pamilyang Binay sa kanilang walang sawang tulong na ibinibigay sa atin mga kababayan, tunay na malapit sa puso nila ang atin mga kababayan mahihirap sa pagkat ang mga programa nila ay nakatuon sa pagbibigay ng magandang buhay sa atin mga kapwa Pilipino," Bondoc said.
Tolentino said that he will also asked Congresswoman Binay if it is possible to hold similar projects in Apalit town and other parts of the fourth district.
Norman de Larrazabal of Generika Drug Store said that their company has partnered with the J.C Binay Foundation Inc. to provide free medicines to patients.
Also present are Vice Mayor Alvin Ignacio and other town officials.