Throughout the week of April 17 to 19, hundreds of Cebuanos from all over the province received generous help from the Office of Senator Alan Peter Cayetano through his various public service programs covering medical, livelihood, and educational needs.
At the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC), more than 400 patients’ hospital bills, laboratory fees, and medication were paid for by Cayetano through his partnership with the DOH Medical Assistance to Indigents Patients Program (DOH-MAIPP).
The senator’s team set up medical assistance desks at the VSMMC on April 17 and 18, 2023 to help admitted patients who were dealing with various health concerns such as cancer, heart disease, chronic kidney disease, thyroid problems, respiratory disease, diabetes, pregnancy, mental health, and dental problems.
Teresita Lanticse, one of the patient-beneficiaries suffering from Type II Diabetes, expressed gratitude for the medical assistance she received from the senator.
“Magpasalamat ako kasi magkano rin ang mga laboratory test ko, minsan umaabot ng P4,000 plus kaya makakatulong talaga ito,” Lanticse, who is from Barangay Basak, San Nicolas in Cebu City, said.
Some of the patient-beneficiaries were children, including a 6-month old baby boy with cleft palate who is due for operation and a 4-year old boy diagnosed with heart disease and had undergone surgery at the Philippine Heart Center last year.
To ensure their speedy recovery, both patients were given ample medical assistance and received support for their future operations should they be needing additional assistance.
A youth leader from Cebu, who was shot in the eye by a drug addict last week, was also given medical assistance in the form of hospital bill payment.
Most of the patients helped by Cayetano’s office hailed from different parts of Cebu Province as well as from Bohol, Lanao del Norte, and Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga del Norte. The medical caravan was done in partnership with the DOH Center for Health Development Region 7.
Meanwhile for Cayetano’s livelihood program Presyo-Trabaho-Kita/Kaayusan (PTK), the senator’s team touch based with six groups from Cebu City, Mandaue City, Lapu-Lapu City, and Cordova to check on their status post-pandemic.
The six PTK groups had previously received seed capital in multiple tranches from the program so they can help their members grow their small businesses and provide cash aid to members during crises.
The groups visited were Cebu Coalition United Market Vendors Association (Cebu City),) Maguikay Settlers Homeowners Association Retail Store Owners (Mandaue City), Cordova Market Vendors Association (Cordova), BasGun TODA, Basak Kababay-an, and Maribago Public Market Association (Lapu-Lapu City).
Regarding educational assistance, Cayetano’s office also extended help to 112 elementary to college students who were victims as well of a fire incident in Barangay Looc, Mandaue City. This assistance was meant to help them continue with their studies. A medical desk was also set up to check on the health of the student-beneficiaries.
The handover of assistance was done on April 19, 2023 at Barangay Looc Gym in coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development Region 7 and in partnership with Mandaue City Lone District Representative Emmarie “Lolypop” Ouano-Dizon.