President Benigno Simeon Aquino III (2nd from left), at the Hiyas Convention Center in Bulacan, leads the discussion on the rehabilitation efforts of the government in areas devastated by typhoons Pedring and Quiel. Department of Health representative to the forum Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag (5th from left) reported that the DOH had conducted rapid health assessment in flooded barangays of Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, and Tarlac. He added that five medical teams from the East Avenue Medical Center, San Lazaro Hospital, National Children’s Hospital, Philippine Orthopedic  Center and Quirino Memorial Medical Center were deployed in Calumpit, Hagonoy, Paombong, and Malolos City evacuation centers in Bulacan.  The DOH medical teams distributed oral rehydration solution, chlorine tablets, and vaccinated children in evacuation centers. Common causes of consultation were acute respiratory infection, open wounds, watery diarrhea, skin diseases and fever. (5 October 2011)