May 26, 2024
LEPANTO CARES — More than 1,400 residents of Mankayan, Benguet availed of dental, minor surgery, pediatric consultation and other health services during the two-day medical, dental, and surgery mission organized by Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company with its government and private partners recently. LCMCo President and COO Bryan U. Yap was on hand to personally assist the employees supervising the mission. — Contributed photos

MANKAYAN, Benguet — The biggest medical, dental, and surgical mission in northern part of the province has resumed after the pandemic, delivering services to more than 1,400 individuals, including the indigents.

The two-day outreach mission of Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company (LCMCo) held in Barangays Bulalacao and Poblacion saw the conduct of free medical consultation, treatment and medications to 484 adults and 157 children.

Around 44 patients also underwent minor surgeries, as LCMCo mobilized its medical team at the Lepanto Mine Hospital.

Close to 300 teenagers were circumcised while another 475 individuals received dental care.

LCMCo President and Chief Operations Officer Bryan U. Yap, Vice Prresident-Human Resources & Administration head KnestorGodino, and Resident Manager Magellan Bagayao were on hand to assist mine employers, who were on site to ensure the smooth conduct of the outreach mission.

The outreach mission in coordination with the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, TGP The Generics Pharmacy, local government of Mankayan and its Rural Health Unit and the officials of Bulalacao and Poblacion is a biennial corporate social responsibility of LCMCo, one of the oldest gold and copper-based mining companies in the country.

Launched in 2012, the humanitarian mission has been institutionalized to be held every two years in a bid to cater to the need for health services by countless residents, especially indigent patients who could not afford to pay the cost of hospitalization and medical care.

The patients are residents of Mankayan town and nearby towns of Cervantes and Quirino in Ilocos Sur province. In the past, even residents of Mountain Province and some parts of northern Benguet were rendered with health services. – Harley F. Palangchao