CARIGARA, Leyte- Over 1,000 poor people from this town benefited the free giving of reading glasses extended by the family of Mayor Eduardo Ong.
During the activity, held at the municipal hall building on Tuesday (March 21), 60 people also underwent cataract operations.
Ong said that the giving of glasses and the free operation was an activity supported by his family especially that his wife, Rea, is a family friend of Dr. Erivert Almonte, an eye doctor who finished his medical course at Harvard University.
Prior to the giving of reading glasses, a screening was first conducted last March 10 to ensure that they would get the correct eye grades.
A total of 750 individuals were given free eye glasses on that day alone.
A patient, who asked not to be named, said that he was thankful that the family of Mayor Ong made the initiative of free operation for cataract patients like him.
According to the patient, he has been suffering the eye problem for years now but could not see a doctor due to financial constraints. (LIZBETH ANN A. ABELLA)