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UPV, APhiO service project benefits 156 boys, among others

A total of 156 circumcision operations on boys, ages 6-13 years-old, 10 dental procedures, medical consultations and provisions of medicines to 12 patients were accomplished by UP Visayas through the Alpha Phi Omega (APO) Alumni Council of North America (ACNA), UPV-Health Services Unit and the Alpha Phi Omega Kappa Gamma (UPV chapter).

The blistering heat on the Saturday of May 14, 2016 did not deter the volunteer doctors and nurses of APhio and UPV from delivering these services. They were joined by three medical volunteers from the 82nd Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army in Camp Monteclaro, Brgy. Igtuba, Miagao, Iloilo. ACNA President Alexander Garcia, responsible for overseeing and facilitating the funds for the project, as well as Prof. Pepito “Sonny” Fernandez, Jr. who was the project proponent and coordinator, were present during the event.

On December 18, 2015, UPV, APO-ACNA, through the Alpha Phi Omega Kappa Gamma (UPV chapter), partnered together to adopt Barangay Malagyan in Miagao Iloilo. The service project chose Malagyan, the biggest relocation site of residents affected by the establishment of UPV in Miagao, as the recipient of a year-long Feeding and Nutrition Program for children, Well-Baby Clinic, Medical Clinic and Dental Services both for adults and children.

On January 16, 2016, the first feeding program for 50 children was conducted as well as the medical and dental services at the Barangay Malagyan Health Center. The feeding program also included the giving out of multivitamins to the children and is done every Saturday at the Health Center. Meanwhile the dental and medical services are held every month. The service project will run for a year. The circumcision procedure was an additional service given to Brgy. Malagyan in response to its request.

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