More than 700 residents here, mostly marginalized Badjao indigenous people (IP), benefited from the one-day Medical-Dental and Community Assistance Package (MEDCAP) caravan initiated by the Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) on November 10, 2018. The MEDCAP, held in partnership with the PRO-9 Officer’ Ladies Club chairs by Mrs Marjorie Licup, was conducted in Barangay Mariki, Zamboanga City, one of the greatly-affected areas during the 2013 Zamboanga siege.
PCSUPT Emmanuel Luis D Licup, PRO-9 Regional Director said the activity was aimed at bringing the police closer to the marginalized sector, such as those in the said village.The said the IP beneficiaries, including children one to 12 years old, availed of basic services such as medical and dental consultations, tooth extraction, and literacy program. They also received free haircut, medicines, school supplies, gifts, and slippers. The PRO9 chose Mariki as mission site as it is considered a remote village and populated mostly by IPs.