A police officer in Natonin, Mountain Province helped a pregnant woman in distress be brought to the nearest hospital through fulig.
According to the Police Community Affairs and Development Group in Cordillera Region, fulig is the manner of lifting a sick person who needs to be brought to the hospital using a blanket and a bamboo pole or pipe, fashioned into a makeshift stretcher. The practice is mostly done in remote, mountainous areas.
Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel of the Natonin Municipal Police Station were in the middle of their flag raising ceremony on June 12, 2021, Independence Day, when they received a call about a pregnant woman who needed help to be taken to the hospital.
A team of policemen led by PSSg Darel Bacwadang immediately proceeded to Sitio Batnong in Barangay Banawal to respond, walking for at least an hour to reach the sitio which is unreachable by any type of vehicle.
Upon arriving Bacwadang, his team of policemen, and the residents carried the pregnant woman through fulig and walked again for more or less an hour to reach the vehicle that would take the pregnant woman in distress to the hospital.
The woman was successfully brought to the Anastacia Rafael Sagel Memorial Hospital at Barangay Poblacion of the municipality for medical treatment.
PNP Chief, Police General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar commended PSSg Bacwadang and members of his team for their selfless act of genuine public service.
“Ipinakita lamang po ni PSSg Bacwadang at mga kasama nito na ang pulis na tunay at tapat sa serbisyo ay hindi napapagod sa pagresponde sa nangangailangan ng tulong,” PGen Eleazar said.
“Sana ay tularan sila ng ibang pulis sa bilis rumesponde sa oras ng pangangailangan.” he added.