In response to the request of the Philippine Air Force Retirees Association Inc. (PAFRAI) of Palawan, the Veterans Memorial Medical Center successfully conducted a Medical Mission at the at WESCOM Lawak Gym, Puerto Princesa City on May 31, 2019.

The Veterans Federation of the Philippines (VFP) took charge of the information dissemination and provided for the transportation and meals of the veterans and veteran dependents who attended the activity and availed of the services of PVAO and VMMC.The C295 of Philippine Air Force transported the VMMC Medical Team, VFP and VAMD personnel from Clark Air Base to San Antonio Air Base, Palawan and vice     versa.

Western Command (WesCom) headed by Vice Admiral Rene V. Medina, AFP Commander and Camp General Artemio Ricardo Station Hospital (CGARSH) thru 1Lt Nanette Z Manaeg, MAC, provided full support and assistance to the VMMC Medical Team.  WesCom provided the venue, security, AFP vehicle and other logistics such as sound system and electric cooling fan while CGARSH provided augmentation of personnel, standby ambulance and two (2) hospital beds used during medical mission.


Present during the activity were the following:  Officers of the Veterans Federation of the Philippines namely: LtGen. Raul  S. Urgello, AFP (Ret.), Executive Vice President,  Commo. Salvador Q. Esguerra, AFP (Ret), Vice President for Operations, Captain Josephine O. Tanzo, PN (Ret) and Col. Castor Rosero, PA (Ret.).  Also in attendance is MGen. Romeo D. Alamillo, AFP (Ret), Director, Board of Directors & Chairman, Veterans’ Event Organizing Committee, PHIVIDEC Industrial Authority.  Col. Raymund C. Elpedes, MAC (GSC) Acting Chief, Health Service Center of WesCom likewise paid a courtesy visit in the area.

Services rendered by the VMMC Medical Team

Ø  Two hundred fifty (250) patients underwent triage screening

Ø  Fifty (50) patients availed of CBG screening

Ø  Two twenty-three (223) patients availed of medical consultation and were given two months supply of maintenance medicines and multi-vitamins. Others were given antibiotic and other prescriptive medicines.      

Ø  Fifty-two (52) patients availed of ECG procedure/examination           

Ø  Two hundred forty-two (242) patients lined up for ophthalmology consultation.  Two hundred thirteen (213) of them were given free reading   eyeglasses   

Ø  Ten (10) patients consulted with Surgery doctors.  Three (3) minor surgery/excision were performed.

Ø  Thirty six (36) patients have otorhinolaryngology (ENT) concerns.

Ø  Twenty nine (29) pediatric patients were given multi-vitamins donated by    PCSO

Ø  Fifty (50) patients have consulted with VMMC Gynecologist

Ø  Forty eight (48) patients sought dental examination.  Forty five (45) of them underwent dental extraction.

Ø  Fifty (50) VMMC medical cards were issued by the Medical Social Service.


Information Drive on Veterans Hospitalization and Medical Care Program (VHMCP) was likewise conducted with Dr. Meliton D. Alpas III as speaker/lecturer.  It was attended by representatives from Ospital ng Palawan, Northern Palawan Provincial Hospital, Southern Palawan Provincial Hospital, Camp General Artemio Ricarte Station Hospital and Office of the Governor of Palawan.