Dr. Lionel Peters is not hard to find. In a community of 13,000 people spread over 37 square kilometers of land, sand, and sea, he is the only doctor around. And that is the point of his being here, in the 5th class municipality of Agutaya, Palawan.
The archipelagic community lies in the middle of the Sulu Sea east of mainland. To get there, one has to take a 13-hour ferry from Puerto Princesa or Iloilo City to Cuyo Island, and another three- to five-hour boat ride over rough seas to the island municipality. If you’ve ever squinted outside of an airplane window and randomly spotted tiny specks of land in the middle of the sea, wondering if anyone lived there — yes, some probably do. Agutaya is one of those places.