Ilocos Norte’s ‘Operation Smile’ slated Nov. 8

LAOAG CITY — The Ilocos Norte local government in cooperation with the Rotary Club here will be providing free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children on November 8.

Dr. Roger Braceros, acting chief of Hospital of the Gov. Roque B. Ablan Sr. Memorial Hospital (GRBASMH), said the provincial hospital will start accepting applicants for the surgical mission on Tuesday.

According to Braceros, volunteer surgical doctors from abroad who are Rotarians and those from the GRBASMH will be performing the free surgeries.

Ilocos Norte Governor Ma. Imelda Josefa “Imee” Marcos called on parents of children with facial deformities to avail of the medical services.

Over the years, Rotarians from all around the world supports “Operation Smile” mission to the Philippines, providing free surgeries for children in more than 60 countries.

Study shows that in every three minutes, a child is born with a cleft lip or cleft palate.

Organizers said this is the main reason why the program was conceptualized in 1982, giving thousands of children to have more reasons to smile. Leilanie Adriano/