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PIA Press Release
2007/09/18

PNP conducts medical mission, infocaravan in remote Cebu communities

By Hazel F. Gloria

Cebu City (18 September) -- The Philippine National Police in Region 7 led by P/Chief Supt. Silverio Alarcio conducted recently a medical-dental mission and Information Caravan in Brgy Kampoot, Tuburan, Cebu.

Almost four hundred people availed of the services rendered by the Association of Government Information Officers in Region 7 (AGIO-7), Rotary Club of Cebu South, and the PNP medical-dental team.

USEC Luis Ruiz with DILG RD Pedro Noval also join the activity to give their support to the PNP's projects and programs that would be invested in Barangay Kampoot in Tuburan, Cebu.

In an interview with PIA, USEC Ruiz said that the 441.86 hectares of land in that barangay was awarded to him but later on he turned it over to the PNP for them to develop and help the people in Kampoot with their livelihood and income generating project.

According to Ruiz, it can be developed as a good training site of the PNP and reforestation can also be done.

In the same interview, P/Chief Supt. Alarcio said that after this activity, they are going to improve the road for easy access of transporting goods from the barangay to the town of Tuburan and vice versa. Gov. Gwen Garcia already promised him to help improve the road thru Cong. Paul John Garcia, he added.

On the other hand, the Rotary Club of Cebu South headed by Atty. Tomas Riveral was able to conduct minor surgeries for ten people such as circumcisions and cysts removal. They also gave school supplies to grades 2-5 students in the barangay.

TESDA RD Urbano Budtan said his agency is ready to conduct free trainings to those who are interested to avail of TESDA's various skills training programs.

Kampoot barangay Captain Esteban Dela Cerna expressed his warm gratefulness to all the government offices that went out of their way to render services in far flung area such as his barangay.

He was teary-eyed when he said that it was the first time that his barangay was visited by a Police General and other government offices. He hoped that it would be the beginning of a good relationship between the government and his constituents, he added.

Baanrgay Kampoot is 7 km. away from the main road of Tuburan town. It is one of the remotest barangays of Tuburan with very rough roads. Electricity and water were just installed.

For those who joined the mission and the INFOCAR, it was a great experience in spite the personal discomfort and danger. The joy in serving their health needs and reaching out to those people who are in need of government services cannot be equated with whatever difficulties the AGIO members experienced during the event. (PIA-Cebu) [top]

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