Camp Col. Abendan, Zamboanga City - More than five thousand residents of Zamboanga Peninsula Region local residents benefited from the Medical Dental and Community Assistance Package “MEDCAP” Caravan initiated by the PRO9 Officers Ladies Club in partnership with Police Regional Office 9 in provinces of Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga City and Isabela City.
Police Brigadier General Emmanuel Luis D Licup, Regional Director of PRO9 expressed his deep appreciation to the PRO9 service providers unit with the support of PRO9 Officers Ladies Club for the realization of the medical outreach. The Regional Director added that the activity which was spearheaded by the PRO9 Officers Ladies Club headed by its adviser Mrs. Marjorie Licup, aims to bring the police closer to the community and to improve the community participation with the local police.
The PRO9 Director said that some local residents to include children aged 6-15 years old, adults and senior citizen benefited from the basic services offered during the medical outreach, such as: medical consultation, dental consultation and tooth extraction; distribution of medicines, distribution of set of school supplies to identified pupils, gift-giving, free haircut, distribution of slippers and literacy program.
Recently, on April 26, 2019, the MEDCAP headed to Isabela City, Basilan, considered a remote city in the region and mostly populated with Indigenous People (IP), Muslims and Christian. Local residents of Barangay Kaumpurnah, identified as one of the Barangay in the city that basic services are rarely infiltrate in their village benefited from the medical outreach. Barangay Kaumpurnah, is one of the Barangays in Isabela City that was greatly affected and damaged during the series of conflagration incident in the past month.
Meanwhile, 500 local residents, many of them are indigenous Badjao/Samal people and other Muslim tribes and local Barangay Officials in the area, were thankful for the assistances and the basic services that their children benefited during the program.