The Office of Senator Alan Peter “Compañero” Cayetano continues its commitment to assisting the people of Davao City and General Santos City, recently providing essential aid to hospital patients and workers and paying courtesy calls to officials to gain more insights on the needs of their constituencies.
On May 17, 2023, a medical caravan was organized at the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) catering to 244 patients from Davao City as well as other areas in Davao Region and nearby provinces such as Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat.
The caravan extended assistance to patients with various ailments, including heart problems, cancer, and chronic kidney diseases.
Among the beneficiaries was a seven-year-old child with a severe condition requiring immediate surgery. The child of a single mother living with her grandparents, the patient received assistance from the caravan to ensure that the necessary operation could proceed.
Additionally, the Office of Senator Cayetano provided medical assistance to an infant suffering from hydrocephalus, enabling the child to receive prompt treatment.
Apart from the medical aid, officials from Cayetano’s office also paid courtesy calls to the leadership of the hosting hospital. They engaged in discussions with Chief Medical Professional Staff II Dr. Fitzgerald Arancel and Administrative Officer Ma. Lucille De Guzman to gain insights into the specific healthcare challenges faced in Davao.
They also met with Davao City Vice Mayor Melchor Quitain Jr., aiming to better understand the region’s circumstances and explore ways in which Cayetano could contribute from the Senate.
Continuing their outreach efforts, the Office of Senator Cayetano traveled further south to General Santos City, South Cotabato, on May 17. There, they met with members of the General Santos Raja Buayan Transport Cooperative which represents a good number of jeepney drivers in the city.
Through the Presyo-Trabaho-Kita/Kaayusan (PTK) Program, members of the coop received financial aid when Typhoon Paeng wreaked havoc in the region in October last year.
In their meeting on Wednesday, the Office asked how the coop was doing and assessed if they need further support.
On the Senate floor, Senator Cayetano continues to champion the provision of quality health services and continues livelihood support through bills such as the Puhunan Tungo sa Kaunlaran Act, Barangay Health Centers Act, and the Mahal Ko, Barangay Health Worker Ko Law.