12,000 Residents Overwhelmed With Free Goods, Services

DAVAO ORIENTAL – Some 12,000 residents in four remote villages in Cateel town have been overwhelmed with free goods and services from the Government.

The villages of Taytayan, Malibago, Aliwagwag, and Mainit, belonging to the geographically isolated and disadvantaged in Cateel town are the latest recipients of the Provincial Government initiative called Nagkakaisang Lingkod-Bayan ng Davao Oriental (NLD) Barangay Outreach Caravan held on June 20-22.

Various interventions were delivered to the residents which include planting materials and seedlings, school supplies and bags, and food packs, among others.

Services ranging from medical checkups and dental services, legal consultations, and conduct of lectures on disaster preparedness and climate change, among many others, have also been offered.

Aside from the array of regular services offered by 27 agencies from the national down to the local level, employment for residents has also been offered. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has provided employment to ten residents of the four recipient barangays under their Emergency Employment Program. Under the program, recipients will be given work within ten days and will be compensated at a salary rate of P340.00 per day.

Eugene Albano, a resident of Barangay Taytayan who is one of the recipients of the employment program, said that this employment opportunity is a huge help not just because he will receive monetary compensation but because it is an opportune time for him to serve and prove his worth to the community.

In addition, the DOLE has also granted P20,000 worth of livelihood assistance to two residents in Barangay  Taytayan.

In behalf of the residents in the village of Taytayan, Punong Barangay Deonicito Manangkis has expressed his thanks to the provincial government. “In my 25 years of public service, I have not seen so many government agencies converge to provide services in a barangay level. Indeed, Governor Dayanghirang truly cares for his constituents.”

While the caravan offers people goods and services as an intervention for peace and development, Governor Dayanghirang stressed the significance of public participation in maintaining peace, especially that Cateel town is where one of the province’s most exquisite tourist destinations are located, like the famous Aliwagwag Falls.

Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang

With his rallying call for a peaceful province, he persistently urges the residents to always coordinate with the peacekeepers in preventing violence and extortion caused by the lawless armed groups.

“The Philippine Army and the Philippine Police are there for you to provide physical security. The government agencies also provide for your security in terms of social, psychological, economic, and, disaster resiliency. Therefore, you should also do your part by being one with the government’s effort to achieve a long lasting peace and development,” he said.

Meanwhile, Governor Dayanghirang has vowed during the three-day caravan that all other villages of this province, especially those that are identified as geographically isolated and depressed areas with marginalized population, will likewise receive the same services through the outreach caravan. By Riza Golez

 

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