Gov’t Reaches Out Farming Village, Eyes Tourism Development

A resident in Barangay Bobon who relies on farming for his family’s daily needs is happy to receive free goods and services from the government through the NLD Caravan on Tuesday.

DAVAO ORIENTAL— Almost two thousand residents in Barangay Bobon in the City of Mati have availed of the government’s free goods and services through the Nagkakaisang Lingkod-Bayan ng Davao Oriental (NLD) Barangay Outreach Caravan on Tuesday, July 11.

The soldiers from the 701st Brigade of the Philippine Army conducted check-up to residents who barely see doctors due to inadequate income from farming.

A flagship program of Governor Nelson Dayanghirang which brings the government closer to the people, the caravan has converged 31 line agencies from the city, provincial, and national level that provided various services ranging from medical and dental to technical and legal consultations.

Residents here, who have been suffering from low farm productivity due to extreme weather conditions, expressed their gratefulness to the government for reaching out to them. “I am deeply thankful to the government because these are the services that we really need and we get them for free,” said an overwhelmed Ricky Gayta, who claims of availing medical services for the first time due to the lack of income.

Various agricultural supports have also been poured to the village. In support to the village’s main crop —coconut, grown as a source of revenue, the Philippine Coconut Authority has turned over the P716,000 worth of cash incentive for the Participatory Coconut Planting Project.

Two units hand tractor and two units floating tiller were turned over by the  Department of Agriculture Regional Office.

Also, various planting materials and fishing gears were given to the residents. The Provincial Agriculture Office has turned over 100 bags corn seeds, 10,000 pieces cacao seedlings, 200 packs assorted vegetable seeds, and 800 kilograms of ginger.

The public servants who initiated the Barangay Outreach Caravan in Bobon are: (from left to right) Provincial Agriculture Office Department Head Rotchie Ravelo; Hon. Valencio Macaturac, Punong Barangay in Barangay Bobon; Arnel Pineda, Chairman of the Provincial Agriculture and Fisheries Council; Engineer Ricardo Oñate, OIC Regional Executive Director of the Department of Agriculture; Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang, the brainchild of the NLD Caravan; Vice Governor Niño L. Uy; and, Col. Reuben Basiao, Commander of the 701st Brigade of the Philippine Army.

In accordance with the national administration’s mandate which is to achieve available and affordable food, the Department of Agriculture Regional Office distributed to farmers 300 pieces pomelo seedlings, 500 pieces guyabano seedlings, 100 pieces lanzones seedlings, 100 packs of assorted vegetable seeds, and 10,000 tilapia fingerlings.

Engineer Ricardo Oñate, OIC Regional Executive Director of the DA, revealed that they are set to launch a livelihood program in Barangay Bobon called multiplier farm wherein native breeder of animals of various livestock will be raised. The multiplier farm is the first time to be launched in the said area in the entire province.

Meanwhile, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), in partnership with the City Government of Mati, turned over one unit patrol boat with complete accessories, one unit search light, day and night binocular vision, life jacket, flashlight, and boots.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Office together with its provincial counterpart, the PSWDO, gave food packs and school bags.

Ten beneficiaries were chosen randomly for the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) Emergency Employment Program wherein recipients will be given work within ten days and will be compensated at a salary rate of P340.00 per day. Lydia Carmina, one of the employment recipients, said the program is timely since the recent flooding has greatly damaged their vegetable farm where they get their source of food.

Meanwhile, paving way for tourism development, Governor Nelson Dayanghirang has announced the road concreting project for the barangay. The project, which stretches up to 6.5 kilometers from the barangay proper up to the coastal sitio of Libudon, costs P105 million. The scheduled road concreting is poised to attract more business investments, giving more income opportunities for locals.

Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang

More than a means for faster mobilization, the road will also serve as a farm-to-market road to the marginalized inhabitants who are highly dependent on agriculture for their livelihood, the governor said.

Provincial Director of the Davao Oriental Provincial Police Office PSSUPT Harry Espela

Governor Dayanghirang has urged the locals not just to participate on the anticipated inclusion of the barangay to the tourism industry but also to cooperate with the government’s effort in winning a true and lasting peace.

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

“By making your area more accessible to the public, tourism development is expected to take place. Let us take advantage of the endowed beauty in your area and at the same time take part with the peace effort of our government gearing towards sustainable development”, he said. By Riza M. Golez


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