The officials of the Municipality of Daan Bantanyan organized a Thanksgiving and Send-Off ceremony on December 6, 2013 for the Japanese Self Defense Force – Disaster Relief Team or JSDF – DRT that helped in the Medical aid of the Typhoon victims in the town. The ceremonies were done in the Activity center of the Daan Bantayan National High School or DNHS.
Provincial Health nurse Rosalinda A. Jao represented Provincial Health Officer Dr. Cynthia Genosolango. Dr. Merle M. Visda also attended the activity together with Col. Yamasaki (Joint Medical Planner), the JSDF team, the town’s Police, and other representatives from the town’s different sectors.
The event was accentuated with a field performance from their Drum and Bugle Corps and Majorettes, with the blasts of fireworks for a joyful atmosphere.
Daanbantayan Mayor Augusto Corro expressed gratitude to the Japanese team, in behalf of the many people they have treated and vaccinated. “I will miss you; you will always have a place in our hearts”, Mayor Corro added.
The audience was entertained with a Japanese inspired performance from the Daan Bantayan National High Dance troop. They also performed Traditional Filipino Folk dances.
With Christmas fast approaching and to give happiness to the people despite the sad turn of events and, the Japanese group organized a Ceremonial gift giving ceremony to the children of the school. After the giving of gifts, an exchange of handshakes and pleasantries took place with the Japanese team, the people and the children.
Certificates of appreciation were given to the Japanese Team for their selfless efforts in helping the constituents of Daan Bantayan Municipality.
Stationed in the Daan Bantayan National High School, the Japanese team was able to give medical treatment to 700 people and vaccination to 4000 children. They were able to provide treatment to 20 barangays in their mobile clinic. They spent 3 weeks in the town. Nelson Oliver A. Del Mar