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PIA Press Release
2009/06/16

Thousands of Aklanons benefit from Ombudsman Caravan of Government Services

by Venus G. Villanueva

Kalibo, Aklan (16 June) -- The recent Caravan of Government Social Services in Aklan brought by the Office of the Ombudsman Regional Office, Iloilo City in coordination with the Provincial Government of Aklan and 35 national government agencies served a total of 2,721 Aklanons.

Records provided by the Office of the Ombudsman showed that 1,192 Aklanons benefited from the free medical check up offered in the caravan. These people also availed of free medicines provided by the Department of Health (DOH) and the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).

The Caravan also gave free dental services to 305 Aklanons, while 1,019 clients were served by partner- agencies.

During the Caravan too, eighty-six (86) persons were able to avail of free Shiatsu massage from the Philippine Army, while 119 availed of free haircut.

Young boys, some about to start school, and adult males availed of the free haircut given by personnel from the Philippine Army.

"Now my son will look very neat when he goes to school", a mother said, looking at her son while being given a haircut by a soldier. Parents welcomed the free haircut, especially those with two or more sons, because they could save money, and buy school things for their children instead.

The Ombudsman Caravan in Aklan, held for two days on May 28 and 29, consisted of courtesy calls by the Ombudsman Office on Aklanís provincial office, press conference with the local media, meeting with Aklanís 17 mayors, and Public Accountability Seminars on the first day and Caravan of Government Services on the second day.

The Ombudsman Caravan in Aklan was the third conducted by the office in Western Visayas, after San Jose in Antique and Pototan in Iloilo. (PIA) [top]

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