Tuesday, 03 November 2009
BY: LTCOL EDGARD A AREVALO PN(M)
Director, Naval Public Affairs Office
The Philippine Marines in Basilan headed by BGEN EUGENIO N CLEMEN AFP, Commander, 1st Marine Brigade inaugurated the newly-constructed Health Center in Barangay Bohe Bessey, Lamitan, Basilan on 27 October 2009. The Health Center completed in 24 October 2009 is one of the engineering projects of the AFP’s National Development Support Command (NDSC) in the province.
In his keynote address during the ceremony, BGEN CLEMEN stressed the importance of the project in the community. With the completion of the Health Center, the wellbeing of the poor barangay folks are assured of free health services, education and livelihood especially in that part of the war torn province of Basilan. He also urged the residents of the barangay to persuade their relatives and friends who are ASG members to avail the “Balik-Baril” Program of the government and return to the folds of the law.
Local officials of Lamitan especially Barangay Chair Herman A. Kasanarin of Bohe Bessey conveyed their gratitude and appreciation to the project. They noted as particularly noteworthy is how the Philippine Navy and the local leaders gathered their acts together in develoment endeavors in support to peace and development efforts in the province.
The project, which is in line with the Health Education and Livelihood Program (HELP) of the government, started in July this year was undertaken by the Philippine Navy Seabees headed by CDR MEDERICO R CELSO PN, Commanding Officer, 1st Mobile Naval Construction Battalion (1MNBN).
BGEN EUGENIO N CLEMEN AFP, Commander, 1st Marine Brigade giving his remarks during the inauguration ceremony of the Health Center in Brgy Bohe Bessey, Lamitan, Basilan.
Hon. Herman A. Kasanarin, Chairman of Brgy Bohe Bessey receiving the symbolic key of the Health Center from BGEN CLEMEN during the turn-over ceremony. Joining BGEN CLEMEN is LTCOL BENJAM J ESPINOSA PN(M)(GSC), Commanding Officer, Marine Battalion Landing Team-9.
Residents of Barangay Bohe Bessey availing of the free basic health services during the inauguration of the health center.