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  • Writer's pictureMenchie Kinao

Balatoc, Pasil residents donated over P160,000 medical supplies to help their health center

Updated: Oct 6, 2021

Pasil, Kalinga – Health workers and the local government of Pasil have expressed their gratitude to volunteer residents who gave in-kind donations amounting to over P160,000 for the Balatoc Health Center.

Donors include Wesley Bangal, a gold panner, and his wife Evita, a teacher at Batong Buhay National High School.

Community Relation Officer Delia Daguio-Bringas, in her post, identified the following medical items that the couple donated which include 4 complete sets of oxygen tanks, 200 bottles of D5lrs 1L (dextrose) with a complete set, 200 boxes of surgical mask, 50 sets of washable PPE, 50 pcs. mouthwash, 20 boxes of Vitamin C, 10 boxes Azithromycin, 5 gallons of alcohol, 20 bottles of Paracetamol syrup, and 100 packs of rice for frontliners and COVID-19 affected families.

The donations, she said, “will be a great help to Balatoc especially now that we have rising COVID-19 cases,” hoping that the generosity and kindness of the couple be rewarded.

“The most truly generous persons are those who give silently without expecting praise or reward, however, I just can't let this pass,” Bringas said reiterating that the “donors are not politicians and have no plans yet to be a politician, just concerned citizens who want to share their blessings.”

Mayor Alfredo Malannag Jr. also expressed his gratefulness to the donors and for the teamwork shown among community members, as he encouraged residents to continue their good practices to inspire others.

Meanwhile, Balatoc has 117 total recorded COVID-19 cases, 30 of which are active cases as of September 27, 2021.

Bringas explained that in providing an update on the COVID-19, residents in Balatoc are utilizing handheld radios in lieu of mobile phones considering the lack of cell sites in the area.

It is also through handheld radio that the needed medical supplies such as dextrose and medicines are being known.

She relates that the couple came to know about the needs of the Barangay Health Center when their grandfather got sick and have experienced difficulty in securing an available oxygen set since all the 3 oxygen sets at the health center were being utilized at that time.

“Narikna da nga agasawa ti pain ken desperation ti umili isu a nagdonar da. Nagnayon da oxygen then di last minute ket nagnayon da ti bagas para kadagiti positive ken frontliners,” the community relation officer related.

Bringas added that the “sense of community” in the barangay is strong and residents are quick to respond and help one another in times of emergency cases.

“Even last year, naka-collect kami para ti ayuda, and Wesley Bangal ti maysa a nagited ti dakkel,” the communication officer revealed.

Balatoc is currently under granular lockdown since September 6, 2021, until further notice as issued by Malannag through Executive Order (EO) No. 028.


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