By Joey Pavia
USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) ship where medical supplies from the US were loaded arrived at Subic Freeport on August 5, 2015. (photo courtesy of G.Kenneth Lee)
(BusinessMirror) August 6, 2015 ANGELES CITY—City officials welcomed on Wednesday at the public hospital here the arrival of medical supplies as part of the humanitarian assistance of the United States military.
The medical supplies onboard a cargo truck arrived via the floating hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), which docked at the Subic Bay Freeport on August 5. It is part of Pacific Partnership 2015 (PP15), the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster-relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
Medical supplies were officially turned over by George Kenneth Lee [LDS Charities Project Manager] and US Navy SCPO Guy Gagui and S7 Luis Siguenza together with Angeles Philippines Stake President,Jose M. Briones at Ospital Ning Angeles to Dr.Antonio G. Dizon (Chief of Hospital) with the presence of Honorable Mayor Ed Pamintuan and other local government officials.
(from left) Alex Cauguiran [mayor’s chief of staff], George Kenneth Lee [ Latter-Day Saints Charities Welfare manager], Dr. Antonio Dizon [hospital director of ONA], Councilor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin, US Navy SCPO Guy Gagui, Angeles City Honorable Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan , Jose M. Briones [Angeles Philippines Stake President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints], S7 Luis Siguenza , Dr. Rodel Dungca [Deputy Chief of the Hospital], Councilor Alex Indiongco and Councilor Edu Pamintuan (photo by MML)
Councilor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin, who escorted to Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan last month the United States Navy personnel for a courtesy call, said “this is not just most welcomed but well appreciated, because the poor and those in need will benefit from the medical supplies.”
Lazatin, Pamintuan and Councilors Edu Pamintuan and Alex Indiongco, and Alex Cauguiran, the mayor’s chief of staff, witnessed the arrival of the medical supplies at the Ospital Ning Angeles (ONA). It was brought by US Navy SCPO Guy Gagui, a native of Angeles City, and S7 Luis Siguenza and George Kenneth Lee, Latter-Day Saints Charities Welfare manager.
For his part, Pamintuan said all the supplies must be used for the poor.
The medical supplies were turned over to Dr. Antonio Dizon, hospital director of ONA.
Gagui said they gave eight pallets of medical supplies. He said he could not divulge how much was the worth of the US military’s donation to the ONA.
Jose M. Briones, Angeles Philippines Stake President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and other church members disclosed that they gave two pallets of medical supplies worth at least $5,000.
Unloading of the boxes by Mormon Helping Hands Volunteers and Hospital Crews (photo by MML)
Jose M. Briones, G.Kenneth Lee, Nancy Dizon,US Navy SCPO Guy Gagui, Margarita M. Lagman, US Navy S7 Luis Siguenza (photo by MML)
(from left)US Navy S7 Luis Siguenza, Councilor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin, Councilor Alex Indiongco and US Navy SCPO Guy Gagui (photo by MML)
(from left) Alex Cauguiran [mayor’s chief of staff],George Kenneth Lee [ Latter-Day Saints Charities Welfare manager],Jose M. Briones [Angeles Philippines Stake President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints], Councilor Alex Indiongco, Councilor Alex Indiongco, Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan,Margarita Lagman [LDS Angeles Philippines Stake Public Affairs Director],Nancy S. Dizon [Angeles Stake Relief Society President], LDS Mormon Helping Hands Volunteers, Jhon Jay Ocampo, Jerome Bernardo, Kashka Badian and Jonathan Marzan [at the back] photo by : MML