To the Rescue: Medical and Dental Mission

The University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Corps of Sponsors (CoS) brought free medical, dental and other government services to some one hundred sixty (160) personnel and residents of the University and the nearby Barangays of Krus na Ligas, UP Campus, and San Vicente on 30 March 2019.

“A big part of our duties as Sponsors is to serve the University community,” explains the organization’s head, Corps Sponsor Camille Ugarte. “This medical-dental mission is one way for us to fulfill it.”

Dubbed “To the Rescue,” the day-long activity held at the UP Department of Military Science and Tactics (DMST) complex gave beneficiaries medical and dental check-ups, medicines, tooth extraction, and consultations with social service agencies like the Social Security System, Pag-IBIG, and PhilHealth. The Commission on Elections also held a demo that allowed beneficiaries to try the new vote counting machines in preparation for the upcoming mid-term elections in May.

The medical-dental mission is a civil military operation (CMO) of the CoS that is part of their fulfilment of their mandate as the socio-civic arm of UP ROTC.

UP ROTC cadets, students taking military science, were also on hand to provide assistance to the beneficiaries.

“This activity gives the cadets the opportunity to participate in CMO,” said Cadet Captain Jennie Ron Ablog, Corps CMO Officer of UP ROTC. “Serving the community is a huge part of their duties as nation-builders.”

The day was capped with a program that recognized the services and support of volunteer doctors, dentists, students, government personnel and donors led by UPD NSTP Director, Prof. Arlyn Macapinlac and DMST Administrative Officer, Atty. John Barona.

by Ara Allana D Tolosa, Corps Operations Sponsor