Outreach Program in Barangays Helping Achieve Peace

DAVAO ORIENTAL— A barangay outreach program regularly conducted here by the Provincial Government has been helping draw rebels from the life of insurgency and back to the folds of the “true government”.

Since the outreach program Nagkakaisang Lingkod-Bayan ng Davao Oriental (NLD) Barangay Outreach Caravan was launched last year, a total of 32 rebels have surrendered to the government, giving up high-powered firearms in exchange for their commitment to adhere to a peaceful life.

Lt. Col Jacob Thaddeus Obligado, Commander of the 67th Infantry Agila Battallion of the Philippine Army, considers this as one of the many significant and long-term impacts of the NLD caravan, in line with its objective to create a peaceful and progressive province.

Lt. Col Jacob Thaddeus Obligado, Commander of the 67th Infantry Agila Battallion of the Philippine Army

A flagship program of Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang, the program delivers free goods and services in the communities by pooling all government resources available.

Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang

Services ranging from medical checkups and dental services, distribution of food packs and school supplies, legal consultations, provision of seedlings, and conduct of lectures on various important social issues, among many others, are being offered in the caravan.

Obligado said that through the program, people can see how serious the government is in reaching out to people and to create peaceful communities. Obligado cited that a leader of the rebel group along with some members have surrendered to them following the caravan held in May.

“NLD Caravan is indeed a vehicle towards long lasting peace and development. NLD has proven to the public that the government really cares for its people. This is yet one of the biggest initiative, the biggest help which brings notable transformation because this is a true public service,” he said.

The latest outreach caravan, which was held on June 20-22 in the geographically isolated and disadvantaged villages of Taytayan, Malibago, Aliwagwag, and Mainit in Cateel town, has benefited more than 12,000 residents. By Riza Golez

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