DavOr’s Outreach Caravan to be replicated in Other LGUs

DAVAO ORIENTAL — Davao Oriental’s flagship program Nagkakaisang Lingkod-Bayan ng Davao Oriental Barangay Outreach Caravan (NLD-BOC) is now fast becoming a model strategy for peace and development efforts in the Davao Region.

On August 22-23, a team from the neighboring province of Compostela Valley has visited Davao Oriental to witness and learn valuable lessons from its latest outreach caravan held in the four villages in the town of Caraga, namely Caningag, San Miguel, Mercedes, and Don Leon Balante, wherein more than 5,000 residents have received a myriad of overwhelming services from the government.

Aerial photo of the caravan at Brgy. Caningag, Caraga

“We’ve been hearing a lot about Davao Oriental’s success in the implementation of its outreach caravan, prompting us to see for ourselves how it’s being done here,” said Compostela Valley Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bong Ybiernas, who led the delegation from the neighboring Provincial Government Unit.

He lauded the strong and effective convergence of more than 40 participating agencies and offices from the national, provincial and local government in bringing goods and much-needed services closer to the people – especially those who are living in Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDAs) wherein the main challenge lies in accessibility.

The staffs of the Provincial Health Office check the vital signs of patients before a medical checkup.

Aside from being impressed to see a huge turnout of people that gave the caravan a festive atmosphere, he said he also found the strategy as “very effective in addressing the main issues in the community”.

Ybiernas disclosed that Compostela Valley Governor Javyee Tyron Uy plans to implement a monthly caravan in his province by next year, adopting the strategies being practiced here in Davao Oriental as it is worth emulating.

Free eye check up and eyeglasses for patients

Sharing common borders, the provinces of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental also share the same issues and challenges when it comes to insurgency. With Davao Oriental’s ongoing massive peace and development campaign, the adjacent province is being galvanized to adopt similar measures to prevent enemy forces being driven away to cross over their borders. For the past months since the Outreach Caravan’s launching here coupled with the implementation of the Philippine Army’s Community Support Program which is being piloted in the province, there had been a significant dent in the incidence of insurgency in Davao Oriental, says Philippine Army’s 701st Brigade Commander Col. Reuben Basiao.

Col. Reuben Basiao, Commander of the 701st Brigade of the Philippine Army

He attributes Davao Oriental’s successful peace and development campaign to the Outreach Caravan which has been complemented by the military’s CSP. “Through the NLD Caravan, we strengthen the government structure, we strengthen the barangay, and we strengthen the barangay-based government system. That is obviously beyond the military’s capacity,” says Col. Basiao. “The LGUs themselves are the ones who come to the military to ask for support. This is a good indicator that we are getting the people’s support for the government.”

Directly approaching the grassroots to deliver much-needed services, the program has also received praises from the Civil Military Operations Officers of different battalions under the Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) of the Armed Forces the Philippines following their exposure to one of the caravans held earlier this month.

Aside from Compostela Valley Province, other LGUs have also expressed their desire to replicate Davao Oriental’s Outreach Caravan.  Focal Person for the NLD-BOC Rotchie Ravelo said that the Province of Davao del Sur has also signified its interest to implement an outreach caravan adopting the same strategy and patterned after Davao Oriental.

Just recently, the city government of Mati in Davao Oriental has also started to implement its own version of outreach caravan in its barangays, using the same principles of the province’s NLD Outreach Caravan.

Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang said he is pleased that the provincial government’s initiative is now becoming a source of motivation for other LGUs in addressing deep-seated poverty and the long-running insurgency problem by putting premium on social services and provision of economic and livelihood opportunities.

Governor Nelson Dayanghirang

Bringing directly the basic services and development projects to the people especially in far-flung villages which are far from vital government and private resources, the NLD-BOC is implemented in collaboration with the Philippine Army and all government agencies that give immediate provision of basic services to the people and for pursuing sustainable peace in the province. By Karen Lou Deloso/Photo by Eden Jhan Licayan


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