Boston is the First Town to be Completely Served by Government’s Barangay Outreach Program

The children in Barangay Poblacion, Boston with “Gov Boy” the mascot.

DAVAO ORIENTAL— The provincial government’s flagship program called Nagkakaisang Lingkod Bayan ng Davao Oriental Barangay Outreach Caravan (NLD-BOC) has recently reached to the remaining villages in Boston, making it the first town here where all barangays have been served by the program.

The four remaining barangays—Sibajay, Poblacion, Cauayanan and Carmen, have been reached by NLD-BOC on July 4 and 5, benefitting more than 6,000 residents.

Around 40 provincial government offices, line agencies, and private companies converged in providing free goods and services to these far flung areas. Services rendered range from medical and eye checkup, dental services, veterinary services, advocacy lectures, legal and technical consultation, among many others.

Free goods given include school bags, food packs, and sports material from Provincial and Regional Social Welfare (PSWD/DSWD) and the distribution of medicines.

Also turned over during the caravan are various livelihood packages including corn seeds, peanut seeds, assorted vegetable seeds, mungbean, and foliar fertilizer under the Provincial Agriculture Office’s (PAGRO) Sustainable Agriculture Village Enterprise (SAVE) Program; vegetable seeds and fruit trees from Department of Agriculture’s Regional Office (DA-RFO XI); cacao seedlings through the Philippine Coconut Authority’s (PCA) coconut seedling dispersal; tilapia fingerlings from Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR); and, Emergency Employment Program by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

In Barangay Poblacion, PAGRO turned over one unit floating tiller to Boston Farmers Irrigators Association.

The Municipal Local Government Unit of Boston, led by Mayor Rebecco Rosit, has shown support in pouring out goods to the people by distributing livelihood and farming equipment. In barangay Sibajay, one unit shredder machine, fabricated vermin tea, compost sifter, impulse sealer, assorted farming tools, boxes of dewormer and antibiotics, and rabies vaccine have been turned over while other barangays likewise received bags of rice seeds, dewormer, antibiotics, and rabies vaccine.

In his speech, Mayor Rosit said that the local government unit of Boston will continue to support the peace and development program of the provincial government.

Positive Gains on Peace

Being the 73rd to 76th barangays reached by the NLD-BOC since it was launched in 2016, Governor Nelson Dayanghirang said he is “happy” with the gains so far achieved by the provincial government in attaining long and lasting peace.

“I am very happy that there are no recorded atrocities and other rebel activities here in your town, especially here in Barangay Poblacion. I hope that you will continue maintaining peace in your area because it is only true and lasting peace that entice tourists and bring new investments and ground breaking developments to the community,” the governor told the villagers in Poblacion.

A huge infrastructure project is anticipated next year as Governor Dayanghirang committed to request funding from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPPAP) to fund the road concreting from Boston up to the Municipality of Monkayo in Compostela Valley Province.

Further improving road connectivity between communities, Governor Dayanghirang will likewise request funding from OPPAP to construct a farm-to-market road in Barangay Cawayanan. Residents here, whose livelihood is largely dependent on agriculture, said they are extremely grateful to the governor for addressing the most pressing need in their community. Villagers said the upcoming road construction in their area will lessen transportation cost thereby increasing their income from agricultural products.

Finally, the governor lauded LGU-Boston for having been declared as drug cleared municipality. He once again asked the residents in all four communities to maintain its positive gain on the fight against illegal drugs.

“Zero-Insurgency Attainable”

Lt. Col. Jacob Thaddeus Obligado, Commander of the 67th Infantry Battalion, says that the governor’s rallying call for an insurgency-free province by the end of this year is “much, much more achievable now,” noting the province’s gain on peace through the NLD-BOC.

“December is too long for us to achieve [an insurgency-free province]…I think we could achieve it way before December as long as we continue what we have gained. Here in the first district of Davao Oriental they [the rebels] have not been here for one year so therefore the pronouncement of our governor, the pronouncement of our president—President Duterte, the deadline [to end insurgency] is December 2018 is very much achievable. I’m very optimistic because we have shown the people what true government really is through the Nagkakaisang-Lingkod Bayan ng Davao Oriental Barangay Outreach Caravan…we have shown unity and resilience,” Obligado said.

“The NLD-BOC shows that the government is sincere with its intention to achieve genuine peace, genuine development. So therefore we will just continue this kind of endeavor,” he added. By Riza M. Golez/Photos by Eden Jhan Licayan

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