The Office of the Vice President (OVP) has extended assistance to 7,950 beneficiaries for their hospitalization, medical as well as burial expenses.

In a report to Vice President Jejomar C. Binay, the OVP’s Public Assistance Division (PAD) said they provided 7,493 people with medical assistance and helped 467 people with their funeral and burial expenses.

Binay said most of the requests came from persons afflicted with chronic renal diseases, cancer, cardiovascular diseases and liver diseases, and victims of vehicular accidents.

“We are focusing our efforts on extending medical, dental and opthal missions in different parts of the Philippines especially to 4th and 6th class municipalities,” he said.

“Aside from the financial assistance given by our Public Assistance Division, we have already given medicines and medical, dental and opthal check ups to almost 150,000 beneficiaries nationwide from January to October this year,” Binay added.

The OVP served 26,940 beneficiaries during its medical missions in Metro Manila, Bataan, Batangas, Pampanga, Rizal and Tarlac in Luzon; Aklan, Antique, Bohol, Capiz, Cebu, Eastern Samar and Iloilo in Visayas; and Camiguin in Mindanao.

The OVP also partnered with 62 local government units to be able to provide basic medical services to 94,500 beneficiaries.

Furthermore, it distributed medicines to private organizations, health centers and senior citizen centers to cater to 27,750 beneficiaries.

Binay allotted P12 million of the first tranche of his 2012 Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) for medical missions as well as medicines and medical equipment for 4th to 6th class municipalities.