According to Deputy Ombudsman Pelagio Apostol, it has been observed that many cannot avail themselves of the services of regional government offices, thus the caravan.
Among the reasons, Apostol said, are time and financial constraints in going to Iloilo City where most of the national government offices are located.
“If they cannot come to us, we will bring our services to them. We are collaborating with other government agencies through their regional directors in having a caravan of services in the different provinces,” said Apostol.
“The office strongly believes that in unity, there is strength… With this new alliance between partner agencies, we can make a remarkable difference in public service,” he added.
The most recent caravan was held in Kalibo, Aklan on May 29, 2009. The Ombudsman rendered medical, dental and relief services to more or less 1,500 residents.
Apostol said the first caravan was held in San Jose, Antique on April 4, 2008. It was participated by 26 government agencies with 98 volunteers.
That time, 656 Antiqueños availed themselves of medical and dental services, he said.(Panay News)
On August 2008, the Ombudsman conducted another caravan in Pototan, Iloilo.
It served 866 persons during the conduct of medical services and relief operations. Some 200 victims of typhoon Frank were given relief goods.
After the activity in Pototan town, the group proceeded to Brgy. Quintin Salas in Jaro, Iloilo. They distributed relief goods to 114 flood victims.