US AMBASSADOR DEDICATES NEW CALBAYOG CITY MAIN HEALTH CENTER
US Ambassador H.E. Kristie Anne Kenny, made her first visit to Calbayog today, where she inaugurated the new Calbayog City Main Health Center, a project of Pacific Partnership 2008.
The 9 room Health Center was a a joint undertaking of the US Navy Seabees, Armed Forces of the Philippines, and the Local Government Unit of Calbayog, with medical equipment and supplies donated by the 3P Foundation, in support of the USNS Mercy’s humanitary mission to the Philippines.
Bishop Isabelo Abarquez, of the Diocese of Calbayog, opened the ceremony with prayer.
(seated from left to right) Calbayog City Vice Mayor Onald Aquino, Congressman Reynaldo Uy, U.S. Ambassador H.E. Kristie Anne Kenny, Calbayog City Mayor Mel Senen S.Sarmiento, Philippine Navy Captain Crispin Mercado, and U.S. Navy Captain William A. Kearns, Pacific Partnership mission commander.
The ceremony ended with a plaque given by the U.S. Navy to Mayor Sarmiento.
The USNS Mercy on it’s second visit to Calbayog. The first time was in 1987. On the current trip to the Philippines, Mercy’s doctors and medical staff have treated close to 25,000 Filipino’s. On monday, Mercy will stop in Manila, then continue on it’s humanitarian mission. It’s next stop will be Vietnam.
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