Surgical-medical missions attract needy patients

ORMOC CITY – Two surgical-medical missions here have attracted an estimated 2,000 needy patients, indicating that much has yet to be done on the delivery of health care in this city and the district. 

Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez, who is hosting her 2nd Surgical, Medical and Dental mission with the doctors of the Society of Philippine Surgeons in America (SPSA) was happy that the City Government of Ormoc has followed her lead and also hosted a similar mission. “You see, it just takes one to lead a good example and others will follow”, she said.

The congresswoman noted that there are a lot of humanitarian organizations willing to conduct various kinds of humanitarian missions in places that need them. All they need are the right people, usually government officials, to help facilitate the paper work in their coming over.

She added that these missionaries pay for their own way, even for the medicines they use, because that is why they are here – to help.

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Electric consumer files complaint vs. Codilla for misuse of P 50-million

ORMOC CITY – A taxpayer and an electric consumer of this city has filed a complaint for graft and grave misconduct at the Ombudsman against Mayor Eric Codilla here for allegedly misusing P 50-million of the city’s royalty funds which she says should have been given to electric consumers and not used for the water project. 

Mrs. Lourdes Samson told the Ombudsman that the mayor used his “influence and power” to circumvent the law covering the use of the royalty funds that the city gets as host community to the geothermal plants at Tongonan-Ormoc.

Samson’s complaint is related to the use of P 50-million of the royalty funds for the city’s waterworks project that has been ongoing for seven years now.

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Pinoy surgeons in US return to Ormoc for another mission

ORMOC CITY, Philippines – Doctors and volunteer nurses of the Society of Philippine Surgeons in America (SPSA) were feted by Leyte Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez and Ormoc City mayoral candidate Richard Gomez to a farewell dinner and fellowship at the Sabin Resort Hotel last Friday night.

The event was part of SPSA’s “Giving Back” program and the second surgical mission that Torres-Gomez sponsored for her constituents.

The five-day mission that started on Jan. 21 served 954 people, or 130 more than in 2011 when the SPSA went to Ormoc for the first time.

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Leyte’s 4th district gets P755 M for infrastructure projects

Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez lowers a time capsule during the groundbreaking ceremony for the 122-million Merida-Lundag-Putingbato Road as her husband, Richard Gomez, (right) and 4th Leyte  district engineer Lino Gonzales (left) look on. The road project will make travel and the transport of goods from the interior barangays of the towns of Merida and Isabel easier for farmers. LALAINE JIMENEA

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