NLD Caravan Benefits More than 11,000 villagers

Recipients of the NLD Caravan in the 6 villages of the City of Mati expressed their support toward the government’s program on peace and development.

DAVAO ORIENTAL— Determined to deliver government goods and services to as many people as possible, the Provincial Government has recently held a three-day outreach caravan under the Nagkakaisang Lingkod Bayan ng Davao Oriental (NLD) – Barangay Outreach Caravan (BOC), serving at least 11,000 residents in six villages.

A provincial government’s peace and development program that brings various free goods and services to the people, the program is expected to reach at least 100 villages for this year, said Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang.

Seedlings, among many other goods, were turned-over to farmers during the three-day caravan.

The latest villages visited were Buso, Don Martin Marundan, Lawigan, Tamisan, Mayo, and Tagabakid in the City of Mati.

During the caravan, various goods and projects were turned over through the participation of more than 40 partner agencies from the national down to local level and City and Provincial Government Offices.

A child who received a school bag from the PSWDO.

The Regional and Provincial Social Welfare Office gave out sports equipment and school bags to the students and youth organizations, as well as reading eyeglasses and food packs to every household.

Aiming for a sustainable agriculture, the Provincial Agriculture Office distributed seeds of corn, peanut and vegetables, as well as seedlings of cacao and rubber under its Sustainable Agriculture Village Enterprise (SAVE). The City Agriculture Office likewise gave out vegetable seeds while the Philippine Coconut Authority provided farmers with coconut seedlings.

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources distributed tilapia fingerings and gill nets.

Some of the recipients of the DOLE’s Emergency Employment Program.

Temporary work was granted to some residents through the Department of Labor and Employment’s Emergency Employment Program. Under the said cash for work program, recipients will have to work in the barangay for ten days with a salary of P340 per day.

The medical team has also checked the nutritional status of the children by measuring their weight, among others.

Free medical services were rendered by the personnel from the Provincial Health Office, Davao Oriental Provincial Medical Center, and City Health Office. Health services include free checkup, dental services such as tooth extraction and fluoride application and sealing, minor surgery, and eye checkup. They have also dispensed medicines and vitamins while the Philippine Red Cross conducted blood-typing and campaigned for the agency’s program on voluntary blood donation.

Uniformed personnel from the Davao Oriental Police Provincial Office (DOPPO) assisted a person with disability to avail of the government’s aid for PWDs during the caravan.

The Provincial and City Police Office, who complemented the Philippine Army in securing the area, offered free haircut to men and hot porridge to children. The police forces likewise intensified their campaign against criminality through a lecture while the Land Transportation office continued pushing for road safety advocacy and further facilitated registration of motor vehicles. Other services include legal and technical consultation, and late registration of live birth, among many others.

In a speech delivered by Governor Dayanghirang during the caravan, Tamisan and Tagabakid villages were given funding of P3 million each to finance development projects in the barangay.

Governor Nelson Dayanghirang

Counting down for the remaining 94 barangays to be visited by the caravan this year, Governor Dayanghirang assured that the NLD-BOC will continue despite the coming May 2018 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections.

“The NLD Caravan shall continue even during the election period because this program has been laid out by the provincial government to better the lives of the people in Davao Oriental. We shall not postpone its implementation especially now that we have gained momentum on our peace and development campaign,” the governor said.

Governor Nelson Dayanghirang posed with the peace and development partners, City and Provincial council members,  and the recipients of the NLD-BOC.

While the recent barangays where the NLD-BOC was conducted are not affected by insurgency, Governor Dayanghirang said he is “happy” to have received positive response from the beneficiaries after a year of the program’s implementation.

In a survey conducted by the research division of the Davao Oriental State University, recipients have expressed optimism towards the program, especially the former sympathizers of the communist rebels who said they have now felt the presence of the government even if they are living in the farthest village of the hinterlands here. By Riza M. Golez/Photo by Eden Jhan Licayan

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