SUDIPEN, LA UNION- All the 17 villages, especially those economically-depressed and far-flung areas in this town, availed of various free services through “Operation Rang-ay iti Barangay, an outreach program, spearheaded by the provincial government.

Center of the one-day operation was the Sudipen Central School in the poblacion, where medical doctors and dentists treated close to 900 medical and dental patients.Medical doctors and dentists came from the Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center, Philippine National Police -Health Services 1, Department of Education -La Union, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples-Region 1,the different district hospitals in the province and this town’s Municipal Health Office.

The Office of the Provincial Veterinarian de-wormed 17 cattle, 19 carabaos and 39 goats and injected 24 dogs with anti-rabies vaccines.

Supplemental feeding with rice porridge and other nutritious food was also given to 1,000 mostly undernourished children.Hygiene kits were also distributed to 350 pre-school children aged 3-6 years old.

The Public Attorney’s Office also provided free legal services to indigent individuals whose income is below P12,000 per month.

A consultation dialogue with barangay officials was attended by Senior Board Member Francisco “Kit” Ortega, Sangguniang Bayan members headed by Vice- Mayor Alexander Buquing and Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator Mauro A. Libatique, Jr.

Representatives of national agencies based in the province, like the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Philippine Statistics Authority, Parole and Probation Office, Philippine Overseas and Employment Agency and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, discussed their programs, projects and other activities before the people who attended the affair. EDITHA CARDENAS / GPC-LU / northboundasia.com