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By JUNE S. BLANCO  
EVERYTHING is set for the biggest medical mission ever that the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) will conduct simultaneously in all of Bohol’s 47 towns and lone city on September 6.
  Gov. Erico Aumentado called the mayors to a meeting Wednesday at the Governor’s Mansion in TAgbilaran City for final coordination with Francisca Baluyot, his consultant on health and social services, who has been coordinating in turn with PCSO Manila through Chairman Sergio Valencia and Cebu through Department Manager William Medici and Chief Lottery Operations Officer Robert Pio Cinco, both for Visayas and Mindanao, to organize the mission. Baluyot is also the president and chief executive officer of the Philippine Gift of Life, Inc.
  Aumentado expressed elation that PCSO chose to hold their anniversary medical and dental missions in Bohol. These will start at 7 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. on Sunday and targets over 53,200 pre-identified beneficiaries who come from the poorest of the poor as determined by the municipal social welfare and development officers.
  He said apparently PCSO observed that medical missions including four dedicated to heart surgeries – the biggest performed outside of Metro Manila – all conducted in Bohol were highly successful.
  This Sunday’s mission in 48 venues is the 11th Baluyot has organized and arranged for this year alone. Of the 11, seven were conducted by groups based outside of the Philippines – the latest being the Aloha Medical Mission of Hawaii.
  The mayors however requested that PCSO will provide more medicines than the pre-listed beneficiaries will need because from experience, they observed, other residents will also troop to the mission venue to get the same services.
  To note, the municipal health officers, physicians and dentists from national hospitals here, Bohol’s 10 devolved hospitals, Cebu and Bohol medical societies and the military and the eight doctors from among the mayors here will hold consultations, perform minor surgeries and prescribe the assorted medicines from the 234 cartons worth P20,000 each distributed to all the towns and the city – or a total of P4.68 million for the one-day activity.
  The medicines include prescriptions for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, antibiotics and vitamins, among others.
  The physicians will be assisted by volunteer nurses even as non-medical volunteers and Red Cross Youth will also assist Baluyot and her staff to make the simultaneous missions smooth and hassle-free. Baluyot was the administrator of the Bohol Red Cross until she retired and was tapped as consultant by Aumentado.
  As arranged, the local government units will provide the food for the volunteers. 

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