New Services Offered in DavOr’s Barangay Outreach Caravan

Three-day Serbisyo Caravan held on May 10-12 in Boston, Davao Oriental.

DAVAO ORIENTAL— The Provincial Government-initiated Nagkakaisang Lingkod Bayan ng Davao Oriental Barangay Outreach Caravan just keeps getting better and better as new services have been offered to recipient communities.

Aside from the myriad of regular services provided, the three-day outreach caravan held on May 10-12 has offered new services. Among the new essential services offered is free circumcision for young boys, information drive on the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL), and turn-over of new livelihood projects.

The free circumcision, which is first time rendered during the outreach caravan, has benefited 76 young boys from the four villages.

Benefiting more than 4,000 beneficiaries in four villages of Cabasagan, Caatihan, Simulao and San Jose in Boston town – the farthest municipality of the province, the NLD Serbisyo Caravan was considered by the residents here as godsend as they did not need to travel several kilometers down to the capital city of Mati or other nearby towns to avail government services.

Parents of the 76 young boys who availed of free circumcision expressed their utmost appreciation to the Provincial Government, especially to the medical team as they did not have to spend P1,000 to P5,000 of surgery cost in the hospitals. These parents who mostly depend on fishing and farming for their livelihood said availing this free service is a gift for them.

“I am very thankful that the government has shouldered the cost for my nephew’s surgery. That is a big help for us because aside from the surgical cost, we still have to spend for our food and fare in going to Cateel town where the nearest hospital is located”, Analyn Badudao said, a farmer in San Jose village.

Food packs are just some of the goods distributed during the caravan.

Romela Rosit, a fish vendor gladly availed of free goods and medical down to consultative services while her grandson availed of the free circumcision. “It’s not every day that the different agencies of the government will come here and serve all our needs so we should take advantage of this opportunity”, she said.

Dr. Joy Sanico, Provincial Health Officer I, said that for the first time they have included free circumcision as part of their offered services as this has been one of the identified needs of the community based on the Needs Assessment Survey conducted by the Philippine Army. The Provincial Health Office has been an active partner of Provincial Government in implementing the said Outreach Caravan by offering various medical services. “We are very delighted to be part of the NLD Outreach Caravan as we wish to contribute to the governor’s thrust of bringing the government closer to the people,” Dr. Sanico said.

Governor Nelson Dayanghirang asks for the unity of the recipients in achieving long-term peace and development.

Meanwhile, the first-time participation of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) opened doors of opportunity to Indigenous Peoples community here as it turned over P650,000 worth abaca stripping and weaving facilities in the villages of Caatihan and Simulao. The said facilities consist of a building and storage room and stripping machine with dryer and weaving equipment with complete accessories.

Twenty-seven other national line agencies and departments from the provincial and municipal level have also participated, converging resources to provide services and goods to the poor residents.

Residents from Barangay Cabasagan expressed their support to the development programs of the provincial government and its partner agencies.

Being one of the Provincial Government’s concrete programs for peace and development, the Outreach Caravan also became the opportune time to educate recipients about their rights against rebel atrocities through the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL). Stickers were likewise posted in public and private buildings and even in the houses of the villagers.

Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang assured the residents that this caravan would not be the last time the government comes to their doorsteps as there will be more long-term programs that are set to be poured down to their villages. He urged resident to cooperate with the government in the implementation of programs and projects bent for development. “As long as we are united, we in the public office will never cease to serve you. Let us be one in achieving a well-developed province, free of insurgency and other conflict,” he said. By Riza M. Golez/Photo by Eden Jhan Licayan

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