Government Services delivery pushed on 4th Quarter PDOP-OAC meeting

Presided by Colonel Bienvenido R. Datuin Jr., Commander of the 701st Infantry Brigade, the meeting convened the heads of the PDOP-OAC’s five subcommittee namely Infrastructure and Development, Good Governance, Information and Awareness, Social Services, and the Economic and Development.

Presided by Colonel Bienvenido R. Datuin Jr., Commander of the 701st Infantry Brigade, the meeting convened the heads of the PDOP-OAC’s five subcommittee namely Infrastructure and Development, Good Governance, Information and Awareness, Social Services, and the Economic and Development.

Province of Davao Oriental – Members of the different sub-committees of the Peace and Development Outreach Program Oversight Advisory Committee have pushed for the delivery government services to far-flung during the committee’s fourth quarter meeting on November 16, 2016 at the Headquarters of the 701st Infantry Kagitingan Brigade, Sitio Magay, Barangay Don Martin Marundan, City of Mati.

Presided by Colonel Bienvenido R. Datuin Jr., Commander of the 701st Infantry Brigade, the meeting convened the heads of the PDOP-OAC’s five subcommittee namely Infrastructure and Development, Good Governance, Information and Awareness, Social Services, and the Economic and Development.

Mr. Ednar Gempesaw Dayanghirang, chairman of the 10th Infantry Division’s Multi-sectoral Advisory Action Group and the Peace and Development Technical Consultant of Davao Oriental Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang said that the current administration’s bilateral peace talks and ceasefire between the government of the Philippines and the Communist Party of the Philippines has given the military an edge to strengthen its convergence efforts with the communities in grassroots level, particularly in securing the deliveries of government services and fast-tracking development to the communities at the boundaries.

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Mr. Dayanghirang reminded the committee that the government’s converged presence on vulnerable areas would be a great counter strategy against lawless groups’ advancing efforts towards recovering their lost bases. These areas were initially identified by the Philippine Army through Needs Assessment Surveys.

According to Colonel Datuin Jr., the delivery of basic services to these communities and resolving the peoples’ needs could stop enemy operations inside the province.

Moreover, he also asked the members of the executive committee about the updates of the last quarter’s PDOP-OAC action items. Salugpungan Schools and Infrastructure Developments highlighted the discussions.

Ms. Yvette Tolentino-Sunga, the Provincial Director of Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Head of the Good Governance Sub-committee said that these schools may have permits from the Department of Education National and Regional Offices but still cannot operate due to the absence of Building Permits from the Local Government Units. She also clarified that the Local School Board has no role with regards to these schools’ existence based on the Board’s mandate.

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Ms. Sarah D. Gudes, Provincial Government Department Head of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office and the head of the Social Services Subcommittee, said that there are ongoing creations of regular items for teachers to be assigned in public schools in areas affected. She added that this item positions will take effect immediately early next year.

Security concerns that hampered completion of infrastructure projects in some barangays were also raised during the meeting. Colonel Datuin Jr. assured immediate action to this concern specifically on the areas where government projects are implemented for accessibility towards peace and development.

For Livelihood and Economic Development Subcommittee, Mr. Saturnino Sibbaluca of the Boy Scout of the Philippines and head of the Information and Awareness Subcommittee suggested that livelihood provisions to certain communities must be specific and appropriate.

Mr. Dayanghirang discussed the potential in winery, weaving and cloth makings in some areas that will tap groups of Indigenous People Women. He also discussed opportunities in linking up with some businessmen outside Davao Oriental in exporting abaca materials which is one of the primary products of some remote IP communities.

An in-depth discussion on opportunities for livelihood will be on a separate Livelihood and Economic Development Subcommittee meeting that is composed of Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Agriculture, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Labor and Employment to name a few.

Meanwhile, Col. Datuin urged the battalion units to delegate NAS results to the concerned Local Government Units to strengthen localized convergence and ties within the grassroots communities.

To enhance monitoring scheme, Col. Datuin moved the meeting into two per quarter from one before. This is also to enrich inputs from the executive committee with its subcommittee members. This includes series of discussions prior to the conduct of every Provincial Serbisyo Caravan bimonthly.

Provincial Serbisyo Caravan is a flagship program of Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang that aims to deliver government services to far-flung communities in Davao Oriental patterned after the ARENA XI’s Serbisyo Caravan and 701st Brigade’s IP Family Day. This will start on November 25, 2016 at Barangay Taocanga, Manay, Davao Oriental. By Van Jorain O. Rufin, Photo by Eden Jhan Licayan

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