MANTICAO, MISAMIS ORIENTAL ----- The Municipal Advisoy Council (MAC) of Manticao Municipal Police Station distributed on Wednesday, June 5, school supplies, slippers and water tumbler to more than a hundred of primary pupils of Malibato Integrated School in Sitio Malibato, Barangay Upper Malubog, here.
The advisory council was created to help the Philippine National Police in different activities in the community to bring the police closer to the people.
Every police station in the country has its advisory council as part of the PATROL PLAN 2030.
The giving of school supplies to the children is one of the community outreach programs of the MAC to help the parents of the beneficiaries in buying the needs for their children.
MAC Chairman Luther Asok said the group chose Malibato Integrated School because it is one of the many areas hardly reached with community outreach by some civic organizations.
"The children in this place would walk for two to three kilometers to get to school. Their parents are farmers who are trying to make both ends meet just to send their children to school," Asok said.
Malibato is around 20 kilometers or an hour drive from the downtown of Manticao.
Although it is accessible with four-wheel vehicles, motorcycle or "habal-habal" is the main transportation, especially to the teachers, in going to the area.
Grade-4 pupil Albert said he is happy to receive the new pair of slippers.
Buying a pair of new slippers is not their priority, he said, because they prefer to buy foods for the family.
"I have six siblings. My parents need to buy a lot of food for us not to get hungry," Albert said.
Cresencio Estremos, the Duterte-look alike of Manticao, joined the outreach program.
He said he wanted to see by himself how the place was develop.
"I've been here many years ago, the road was so bad. Good thing it has been develop although there are parts that it still needs to work on," Estremos said.
"I also wanted to see how the children react if they see me, if they recognize our president," he addef.
Estremos has been recognized here and abroad for being a look-alike to President Rodrigo Duterte.
He has been invited to appear in several events just to wave and pose the famous pose of the president.
"Good thing they recognize our president. They shoute 'Duterte!' when they saw me," Estremos said.
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