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SBMA partners with party list, civic groups for Aeta outreach projects

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SBMA FREEPORT—The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) recently joined forces with party-list Cooperative NATCCO Network Party (Coop-NATCCO) and civic groups in the Subic Bay area to bring medical assistance and donations to residents of remote Aeta communities.

The outreach projects were coordinated respectively by the SBMA Public Relations Department and the Media Production Department that brought medical assistance to almost 200 residents of Kanawan Village in Morong, Bataan. Clothes, toys and food packs were likewise distributed to around 80 families in Barangay Naugsol in Subic, Zambales. Both communities are largely populated by indigenous Aeta folks whohave limited access to medical services and modern amenities.

In Morong town, Rep. Anthony Bravo of Coop-NATCCO, along with some representatives of Philip Morris, brought medicine for residents of Kanawan, while the SBMA sent doctors and nurses from its Public Health and Safety Department (PHSD) to provide free medical checkups.

They were also joined by volunteers from the Philippine Medical Society (PMS), Olongapo City.

Armie Llamas of the SBMA Public Relations Department said it was Coop-NATCCO’s first time to go to Kanawan. The group teamed up with the SBMA which has conducted similar projects in the area. Majority of the elderly residents also took the opportunity for the free medical consultation, noting that the last time they received medical attention was some three years ago because of their remote location.

Kanawan village is about 30 kilometers from the Subic Bay Freeport and can only be accessed via a hanging bridge. Congressman Bravo checked out the village for any area suitable for growing cacao, a tropical tree that yields cocoa beans, the main ingredient of coffee and chocolate.

Meanwhile, around 200 children belonging to 80 families in Naugsol, Subic, received bags of goodies donated by residents and civic organizations in Olongapo City and the Subic Bay area.

The post-holiday gift-giving project was coordinated by disc jockeys from 89.5 FM Subic Bay Radio, a broadcast facility under the SBMA Media Production Department (SBMA-MPD).

SBMA-MPD head Rhon Balingit said the donations included canned goods, rice, new clothes, and new toys provided by various donors. Among those who joined the outreach project in Naugsol were representatives of Ocampo’s Mall in Olongapo City, members of Delta Isda radio auxiliary group, and officials of Barangay Naugsol,  a remote village located at the eastern fringe of the Subic municipality and has become the resettlement site for the Aetas who were displaced when Mt. Pinatubo erupted in 1991.

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