Bontoc, Mountain Province – Patients undergoing dialysis at the Bontoc General Hospital (BoGH) are the beneficiaries of the Parade for a Cause in celebration of the Women’s Month this March.
According to Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Person Mabel C. Cariño of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO), their office received an initial amount of Php109, 042.00 which was turned over to Provincial Health Officer II Dr. Nenita D. Lizardo during the Women’s Day Celebration on March 8, 2017.
This came from the donations of the officials and employees of the Provincial Government of Mountain Province; local government units, national government agencies and quasi-government units, non-government offices and various women’s organizations.
During the turnover of the proceeds to Provincial Health Officer II Dr. Nenita D. Lizardo, she mentioned that the donations will serve as payment for the 17 patients ‘dialysis sessions at the BoGH.
On behalf of the beneficiaries and their families, Dr. Lizardo expressed her gratitude to everyone who selflessly gave donations during the parade for a cause.
Though it is innate to the people of Mountain Province to share their blessing and extend help to those in need, the support shown by the participants during the parade for a cause gave further hope and strength to the patients.
Like in the previous years’ celebration of Women’s Month, Parade for a Cause were initiated which benefited patients undergoing dialysis at the BoGH.
Meanwhile, a signature campaign for free dialysis was launched during the Women’s Day Celebration soliciting support from the public on the ongoing call for free dialysis treatment in the country.
A separate signature campaign was also spearheaded by the Provincial Governor’s Office and the Provincial Information Office for the provincial government. This in collaboration with the Philippine Information Agency and other sectors campaigning for free dialysis.
The signature campaign pushes for congress to pass a law that will make dialysis in government health facilities free to all patients who need it. // Alpine L. Killa, PIO-MP