CORON, Palawan—More than 700 farmers here are thankful for the multivitamins and medicines provided to them by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in coordination with the Department of Health (DOH).
DAR Undersecretary Virginia Orogo said the provision of medicines and vitamins was implemented under the medical mission project of the department’s foreign-assisted projects office.
“We don’t stop with awarding lands to landless farmers, we also help them in taking care of their physical welfare,” Orogo said.
Orogo, together with the DAR Assistant Secretary Rene Colocar sought the help of DOH Secretary Francisco Duque for the provision of vitamins and medicines.
“With the help of DOH, we also arranged for medical doctors to visit these ARBOs to personally see the farmers for a free medical checkup. The doctors will also give prescriptions should the farmers need them and avail of the medicines that we have provided,” Colocar said.
DAR Regional Director Marvin Bernal, together with the farmer leaders of the eight ARBOs, happily received from Orogo, DAR Undersecretary Bernie Cruz, and Colocar, boxes of vitamin C, vitamin B-complex, vitamins in syrup form, multivitamins, mefenamic acid, metoprolol, amoxicillin, amlodipine, losartan, and clotrimazole.
“The rainy season usually brings cough, colds, and flu to farmers and their families, and these multivitamins and medicines will greatly help in building resistance against sickness for our farmers,” Bernal said.
DAR Undersecretary Bernie Cruz said the provision of vitamins, medicines, and free medical consultations will also be replicated in other parts of the country.