PRO-9 chief orders cops to secure ‘doctors-to-the-barrios’ PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 13 March 2017 14:26

by RG Antonet Go

Police have been ordered to provide ample protection to the “doctors-to-the-barrios” serving the residents in far flung areas here in Region 9.

Chief Supt. Billy Beltran, Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) director, on Saturday said he issued the order to all provincial and city directors after the killing of a physician serving in the remote areas of Lanao del Norte.

Dr. Dreyfuss Perlas, a doctor-to-the-barrios (DTTBs), was killed by unidentified gunmen on March 1 while he was driving motorcycle in Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte.

“I ordered my provincial and city directors to find out who among them (physicians) are at risk or being threatened,” Beltran said.

Dr. Aristides Tan, Department of Health (DOH) regional director, said there were eight DTTBs assigned in remote areas of the region.

Tan said they were assigned in the towns of Mutia, Godod, La Libertad, and Sergio Osmeña in Zamboanga del Norte; and, in the municipalities of Lapuyan, Guipos, Midsalip, and Tukuran in Zamboanga del Sur.

“They are encouraged to ask help from the elected officials in their assigned localities,” Tan said.

The general objective of the DTTB program is to provide the countryside with competent Medical Human Resources to render quality medical care to the people.

Beltran said they were ready to accommodate the request of the DTTBs concerning security. (PNA/R.G. ANTONET A. GO)