Free medical and dental check-up with medicines were rendered by the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) friends, the Provincial Government of Abra (PGA) headed by Governor Joy Bernos, and Philippine Dental Association (PDA) Abra at the SVD District House, Ubbog-Lipcan, Bangued, on January 27, 2019.

Four doctors and seven dentists offered medical and dental attention to 103 underprivileged from around the SVD District House. Two pharmacists distributed free medicines to the patients. All recipients were also given gifts from SVD friends.

SVD Abra District Superior Fr. Antonio Alagao said this activity is an outreach program initiated by SVD friends as part of the feast day celebration of St. Joseph Freinademetz, their patron saint.

SVD friends are lay partners who collaborate with SVD in doing missionary work and charity, in accordance with their motto, “Precious is the life given for mission”.

SVD friends have been doing their charity works in the province since its founding on May 1, 2012.