Gen. Pangilinan led free medcap and early Christmas gifts to children inside NOLCOM

By Jason de Asis


Camp Aquino, Tarlac City, December 20, 2010- Lieutenant General Gaudencio S. Pangilinan, Commander of Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) last Thursday (Dec. 16) led free medical and dental services accorded to more than 200 students on top of their Christmas gift to ensure the children health, mostly dependents of soldiers with the help of doctors, nurses and dentists from the Camp Aquino Station Hospital and 1303rd Dental Dispensary as part of the 75th Founding Anniversary of the AFP dubbed as “Kagitingan at Kadakilaan,  Alay ng Kawal Pilipino para sa Inang Bayan”.


Mrs. Rosalinda T. Gaite of the Camp Aquino Elementary School is very thankful to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) particularly the (NOLCOM) for the early Christmas gift of her students and the medcap mission of the command.


Colonel Ma. Imelda P. Dalupang and Lieutenant Colonel Gerardo V. Gonzales were in-charge of the medical and dental team while Colonel Henry Cinco, the Deputy Commander of NOLCOM led the gift giving wherein the money was used to purchase the said gifts from the prize won by the NOLCOM in the Belen-making competition (Belenismo sa Tarlac 2010).


It could be remembered that the NOLCOM soldiers entry placed second in the Grand Non-Municipal category, the awarding of which took place last December 4 at Moncada Plazuela, Moncada, Tarlac  wherein Col Velez,  NOLCOM’s Civil-Military Operations Chief received the prize in behalf of the Command.


Col Velez said that it was the desire of the NOLCOM Commander to share this blessing with other people especially the children, so the idea of gift-giving in Camp Aquino Elementary School came about, coinciding with the scheduled medical and dental civic action program.


Other organizations which contributed to the overall success of the activity were the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry-Tarlac Chapter, Central Azucarera de Tarlac, Tarlac Tourism Office and the Tarlac Provincial Police Office for giving additional gift items and for the parlor games which the kids truly enjoyed.


Meanwhile, Colonel Harold N. Cabreros, Chief of Unified Command Staff, NOLCOM distributed to some 60 kids enrolled in preschool education in Camp Aquino Learning Center (CALC) received gift packs during their Christmas Party. (Jason de Asis)