Wednesday, May 20, 2015

20,931 individuals served in Tagum’s Hugpong Serbisyo Festival

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 one-month run.
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 program.

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 Tagum)

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