The Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) and the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC), in partnership with the Filipino War Veterans Foundation, Inc. (FILVETS), Philippine Veterans Bank and the local government of Nueva Vizcaya conducted a joint medical mission for the veterans, retired military personnel and their dependents on 15 December 2022 at the Provincial Capitol of Nueva Vizcaya.
Following the successful medical mission for veterans in Tarlac last 18 November 2022, the medical mission in Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya is a continuation of PVAO and VMMC’s provision of much-needed medical assistance to veterans and their dependents. Resident doctors and nurses from the VMMC provided health consultation and general check-up of the veterans while the Nueva Vizcaya Provincial Health Office provided COVID-19 and Anti-Flu Vaccines.
The PVAO Veterans Affairs Management Division and the PVAO FSEO Bayombong also organized a Veterans Help desk to address concerns and issues of the veterans. Distribution of ambulatory devices such as wheelchairs and canes, updating of pensioners’ status, and membership application for the Veterans Federation of the Philippines (VFP) were also conducted. Health kits were also provided to beneficiaries. All in all, two hundred twelve (212) beneficiaries were given health assistance.
The event was also attended by VFP Nueva Vizcaya District President, Col. Marcelino B. Tacadena, Jr., and Nueva Vizcaya’s Assistant Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Jocelyn S. Bumidang, who represented Provincial Health Officer II, Dr. Edwin B. Galapon.
As PVAO continues to ensure the welfare and wellbeing of the veterans, the Agency prioritizes the implementation of the Veterans Hospitalization and Medical Care Program which aims to cater to the medical needs of veterans. This includes the conduct of medical missions to bring medical assistance and disbursement of free medicines closer to veterans. Two (2) more medical missions, one in Samar and one in Tigbauan, Iloilo, are also set for next year.