Disadvantaged Areas in Tarragona Receive Free Goods, Services

DAVAO ORIENTAL—The government’s flagship program Nagkakaisang Lingkod-Bayan ng Davao Oriental (NLD) Barangay Outreach Caravan has recently delivered overwhelming services to four villages in the town of Tarragona.

Benefiting more than 3,000 poor residents, the outreach caravan catered the villages of Tubaon, Dadong, Maganda, and Limot on July 26-28.

Residents here, who seldom avail basic government services due to its inaccessible road and geographic isolation, received goods and services from 34 line agencies of the government. The services rendered range from medical, dental, and veterinary down to legal and consultative while goods include food packs, medicines, school supplies and planting materials, among many others.

Nesto Balwate, a laborer in Tubaon Village, said he had long been longing to receive these goods and services from the provincial government to augment their daily needs. “I am very happy that despite our village’s distance, the government still delivered to us all these free goods and services. Indeed, I am truly thankful to our governor for making this possible. This only shows that he cares for the poor,” he said.

Kris Ann Pagutlan and Jenny Calagbas, both grade three students in Maitum Elementary School and whose fathers are both laborers in the farm, expressed their utmost thanks for having received school supplies such as school bags, notebooks, and pencils distributed by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO).

Providing temporary occupation to the jobless residents, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has employed a total of 30 villagers under their Emergency Employment Program. Under the program, the beneficiaries are given work for ten days and will be compensated at a salary rate of P340 per day.

Consistently supporting farmers, the Provincial Agriculture and the Department of Agriculture Region XI distributed various farming materials such as cacao seedlings, durian seedlings, Guyabano Seedlings, corn seeds, vegetable seeds, mung bean and peanut seeds.

Tarragona, being one of the producers of abaca fiber, the Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority has dispensed abaca tissue culture seedlings.

A P396,000 cash incentive was likewise granted by the Philippine Coconut Authority for the participatory coconut planting project.

With Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang’s rallying call for long and lasting peace, he reiterated the role of each person toward achieving an insurgent free community. “Again, unity is the key for that peaceful and developed community we have been dreaming of. When you do not let violence prevail, that’s when you welcome development in your area. The provincial government opens its doors to returnees so if you have a kin who wishes to return to the fold of the law, please do not hesitate to reach out to us”.

Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang

The government’s partner on its peace and development effort, the Philippine Army, was also present during the caravan. Col. Reuben Basiao, 701st brigade commander, cited some improvement in the recipient barangays for five years including the considerable reduction of the number of insurgents.

Col. Reuben Basiao

He further urged the residents to help maintain peace as “the maintenance of security and peace is a responsibility of each individual”. “Continue your support to our troops and take advantage of the very responsive and committed government of the province of Davao Oriental”, Basiao added. By Riza M. Golez

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