Bacolod lone district Congressman Tony “Doc” Golez was among ten volunteer doctors along with dentists, Rotoractors and nurses to give a helping hand on Sunday to residents of Brgy. Bata in Bacolod City with another popular medical mission organized by the Rotary Club of Bacolod Marapara.
The mission was led by club members Dr. Renier Gerochi, an orthopedic surgeon, and dentist Dr. Selwyn Lloyd Baloyo. It was held at
the Antonio Chan Memorial Technical Center in Bata.
Some 200 barangay members and their children availed themselves of adult and pedia medical checks, dental work, circumcisions, ECG and random blood sugar tests . The mission was held primarily for the benefit of Negros Occidental Golf and Country Club caddies and their families plus others in the barangay.
Said Barangay Kagawad Flor Abaring, who is also chair of the local health committee: “These medical missions are really important for our residents, especially as our budget is simply not sufficient to cover everyone. We really appreciate the work of the Marapara Rotary Club.”
Speaking at the mission, Rotary club president Mike Bantug said: “We were pleased to once again have the opportunity to be of service to the less fortunate in our society, especially those who may not be able to see a doctor or to buy medicines.
“We are most grateful for the strong support and dedication shown by the doctors, dentists, nurses and other volunteers who gave up
their Sunday to be of service to the people of Bata.
The club also presented Barangay officials with a nebulizer to treat asthmatics plus medicines for local residents. Congressman Golez also donated medicines.
Apart from medical missions, the club undertakes many other community activities each year. It’s main fund-raising event is the annual ‘Rotary-Golf for a Cause’ tournament held at the Negros Occidental Golf and Country Club in Bata, Bacolod. This year’s event will be staged on Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28.