TAGUM CITY, May 20, 2015—The number of beneficiaries of the second installment of the city’s medical and social services festival aptly dubbed as “Operation Hugpong Serbisyo para sa Tagumenyos Festival” increased by leaps and bounds, shattering last year’s record of beneficiaries.
The local government led-festival served a total of 20, 931
individuals from the 23 barangays of Tagum during the course of its
month-long run, offering wide array of free medical and social services
in every barangay of Tagum.
This year’s number of beneficiaries is notably higher compared to
2013, which only catered a total of 8, 437 beneficiaries during its
Mayor Allan L. Rellon, who conceptualized the Hugpong to be a
full-blown month-long festival, extended his gratitude to all the
volunteers from the local government’s organic team as well as the
volunteers from private sectors that took part in the conduct of the
As what the festival’s name implied, Hugpong Festival is a
convergence of health and social services offered by both the local
government and private institutions.
The beneficiaries, mostly consisting of those living below the
poverty threshold, were treated to free services that include minor
surgeries, dental services, circumcision, therapeutic massage, haircut,
cosmetology and optical services.
Other services that were also offered during the festival include
legal consultation, COMELEC registration, civil registration, mini jobs
fair, referrals for NSO, DFA and scholarships, random blood sugar test,
FBS, ID registration for senior citizens and persons with disabilities,
PhilHealth registration for senior citizens, application for social
pension and solo parent and anti-rabies dog vaccination.
Executive Assistant IV to the City Mayor Jalmaida Jamiri-Morales, who
heads the organizing committee of the festival, said they are now
preparing for a more extensive Hugpong Festival next year which they
hope can benefit more than what it catered for 2015. (Louie Lapat/CIO