NLD Outreach Caravan Continues to Pour Out Goods, Services to Communities

Tooth extraction is one of the services offered during the NLD Barangay Outreach Caravan.

LUPON, DAVAO ORIENTAL—The Nagkakaisang Lingkod Bayan ng Davao Oriental (NLD) Barangay Outreach Caravan (BOC), a flagship program of the provincial government here that brings goods and services right at the people’s doorstep, continues to reach out to marginalized communities here.

In a four-day caravan held in eight barangays in Lupon town, almost 15, 000 villagers have received various goods and services from more than 40 national to local agencies and offices. These communities visited by the NLD-BOC on April 5 to 11 are the barangays of San Isidro, New Visayas, Maragatas, Mahayahay, Corporacion, Bagumbayan, Magsaysay, and San Jose.

Free goods that are distributed include food packs, school bags, and sports material like volleyball and basketball with net from the Provincial and Regional Social Welfare.

In support to agriculture, the Provincial Agriculture Office, under its Sustainable Agriculture Village Enterprise (SAVE), gave out corn seeds, peanut seeds, and assorted vegetable seeds. Also, the Philippine Coconut Authority distributed coconut seedlings under their coconut dispersal project.

The Department of Labor’s Emergency Employment Program (EEP) also continues to provide temporary job opportunity to ten residents in each recipient barangay. Through this cash-for-work program, recipients will work in the barangay for ten days with a rate of P340 per day.

Meanwhile, services delivered range from medical, dental down to technical consultation and legal services. Staff from the Provincial Health Office and Davao Oriental Provincial Medical Center conducted free health and dental checkup and tooth extraction, and minor surgeries. They also gave free reading eyeglasses for patients after an eye checkup.

Provincial Legal Office and the Department of Agrarian Reform offered legal consultations while the Philippine Red Cross, among many other offices and agencies, conducted blood typing.

The advocacy on disaster response, road safety, and against illegal drugs is also being pushed.

Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang urged the villagers to support the provincial government’s program in its effort to attain long and lasting peace and development. He noted that the NLD- BOC has gain positive grounds on peace as it has resulted to the massive turnout of rebels since it was launched in 2016.

Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang

In a speech he delivered in Barangay Magsaysay on April 11, he said that he will provide funding for the construction of a water system in its two sub-villages. The governor likewise announced that the provincial government will sponsor the acquisition of an additional two hectares land in Barangay San Jose for the expansion of its Barangay Hall.

Further implementing his Inclusive Governance Framework, the governor has established a satellite office in every municipality where the poor can ask for hospitalization and burial assistance. He said this will greatly help the people living in the hinterland villages as it would cut cost in going to the Provincial Governor’s Office to seek financial assistance. “This is just one of our efforts in bringing government services right at your doorstep as we aim for a progressive province wherein poverty in all sector is addressed …Kay dili kinahanglan palisdan and tawo nga nanginahanglan (Because we cannot afford to burden people who are already in dire need of help),” Dayanghirang said.

Mayor Erlinda Lim

Being the 61st to 68th barangays that have benefitted from the program since its implementation, Lupon Mayor Erlinda Lim expressed how grateful she is to have the people in Lupon benefit from the program. “I am happy that NLD Caravan has been brought to the farthest communities here in Lupon which brings hope to these impoverish population,” she said. By Riza M. Golez/ Photo by Eden Jhan Licayan

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