BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 18 (PIA) -- More than 2,000 residents in Barangay San Antonio, RTR of Agusan del Norte benefit from the outreach program conducted by the Philippine National Police (PNP) Caraga. Thirty-three percent of them are indigenous peoples (IPs).
Beneficiaries who availed the free medical check-up, tooth extraction, eye check-up, and circumcision were given free medicines. They also received school supplies, slippers, toys, food packs and enjoyed the free haircutting services.
Mayor Richard Daquipil expressed his gratitude to the PNP for choosing their barangay to be the recipient of the said outreach program. Barangay San Antonio is among the New People's Army (NPA)-affected barangays of Caraga region.
It can be recalled that several incidents already took place in the area, which include the incident last year, where three soldiers from the government troop died after they were ambushed by the terrorist Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) - NPA in the said barangay.
According to former PNP Caraga Regional Director Police Brigadier General Gilberto DC Cruz, the Project Heart is a flagship program of Police Regional Office 13 that aims to help and assist underprivileged Caraganon particularly those in the remote areas of the region. It also intends to strengthen the bond between the PNP and the populace affected by insurgency.
Cruz added that this also forms part of the PNP's initiatives in implementing Executive Order No. 70 or the whole-of-nation approach to end local communists armed conflict and attain lasting peace and development in the country.
Meanwhile, the official also bared that from January to August of this year, there has been a total of 12,000 Caraganons who benefitted from the Project Heart of the PNP. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)