Javi marks birthday with surgical mission

Believing and living by the value of “passing it forward,” Asenso Victoriahanon standard bearer Javier Miguel “Javi” Benitez celebrated his 27th birthday Friday, October 8, in Victorias City, Negros Occidental, with a medical and surgical mission held at the Don Alejandro Yap Quiña Cultural Center.

“The best way to celebrate is to be of service to others,” Benitez said as he relayed that he has always believed in celebrating personal or family milestones with a social impact, a press release said.

A total of 109 residents from all of the 26 Victorias City barangays were beneficiaries of the minor operations and medical consultations conducted and free medicines distributed.

All those who joined the October 8 medical mission – the beneficiaries, volunteers, organizers and facilitators underwent rapid antigen testing. Strict compliance of health protocols was ensured.

The Nikki Cares Foundation headed by Dominique “Nikki” Benitez, mother of Javi Benitez, Betty Bantug Benitez Foundation and KaayongLawas Foundation joined forces to facilitate the medical activity with the support and cooperation of the Victorias City government and the barangay officials.

Volunteer doctors were May Anne Buenafe, Hermie Alexander Sia, Mark Puertas, Kasha Charina Duena, Arianne Barredo, Jessica Estardo, Rholenne Grace Delicana, Odessa Sales, Jessica Estardo, and Thea Mae Dino. Volunteer nurses were Edgar Chavez and Teodolfo Dino.

Also present were Rep. Francisco “Kiko” Benitez, Mayor Wantan Palanca, Board Member Andrew Montelibano, all the members of the Asenso Victoriahanon slate, some barangay captains, Nikki Benitez and Sue Ramirez, the press release said.

Among the top priorities of Benitez for Victorias City is to strengthen access of Victoriahanons to health programs and medical services, especially the underprivileged sector and indigents, it said.

Benitez leads a complete slate under the local banner of Asenso Victoriahanons for the May 2022 election.*

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