Cagayan de Oro 2nd District Rep. Rufus Rodriguez has expressed his strong opposition to the planned transfer of Camp Evangelista in Patag, Cagayan de Oro City to Butuan City. Rep. Rodriguez made his official stand during the virtual budget hearing of the Department of National Defense with Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.
In his Facebook post, Rep. Rodriguez said Camp Evangelista has provided security for the people of CDO and Misamis Oriental and its transfer will cause social dislocation of military personnel and their dependents who have made Barangay Patag and CDO as their home. He further added that the transfer will cause adverse economic effects on the city as the camp buys a lot of provisions for its soldiers in the city.
Instead of transferring to Butuan City, Rep. Rufus insisted on the full development of Camp Evangelista and followed-up the long standing need of the camp to construct a modern hospital for its personnel and residents of Cagayan de Oro. Meanwhile, as a response, Sec. Lorenzana promised to consider the suggestions of Rep. Rodriguez.