Peace and Development Partners Set Strategies to Sustain “Successful” Implementation of Outreach Caravan in Villages

DAVAO ORIENTAL – Recognizing the gains the provincial Government’s flagship program Nagkakaisang Lingkod-Bayan ng Davao Oriental Barangay Outreach Caravan (NLD-BOC) has achieved on peace and development, the Provincial Government and its partners are taking the next steps towards sustaining and further improving the program.

Just recently, the Provincial Government spearheaded a three-day Program Evaluation and Sustainability Planning Workshop of the NLD-BOC.

Participated by the representatives of different provincial offices and national agencies including security partners like the Philippine Army and the Philippine National Police, the workshop assessed the success of the program while also identified strategies to further enhance the efficient delivery of services to community partners.

Faced with the challenge of sustaining the program while improving core services, Governor Nelson Dayanghirang said that the province needs to measure the program’s impact in the communities as well as identify its strength and weaknesses in order to come up with sustainability mechanisms.

Governor Dayanghirang also stressed the need to come up with a sustainability strategies

“The workshop really aims to identify the issues and concerns of our multiple stakeholders in order for them to efficiently deliver services to the people,” he said, adding that the prompt and efficient delivery of government services is the most effective way to gain the people’s support to the government in its bid to fight insurgency.

Governor Dayanghirang also stressed the need to come up with a sustainability strategies that would encourage and empower local government units to take responsiblity in continuing provision of basic services, especially in far-flung villages that seldom reached by government services.

He also urged partner agencies to continue their support to the program which has already been recognized by the national government as an effective strategy in countering insurgency. Both the provincial and the national government agree that insurgency is not a military problem but a political problem of which the local government should be at the forefront in addressing it through peaceful means.

Provinicial Government Department Head and NLD-BOC Focal Person Rotchie Ravelo said that while the caravan has already reached out to 97 out of 183 barangays here, “the challenge now lies on where the province want to lead the program and how it will going to get there. “This is to help the province achieve its end goal of ending insurgency and build progressive and developed communities,” he said.

DOSCST Vice President Dr. Roy Ponce as resource speaker

The said sustainability workshop was done in partnership with a team from the Reasearch and Extension of the Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology headed by DOSCST Vice President Dr. Roy Ponce. The team is set to come up with the NLD sustainability framework that will help set the direction of the program in the following years. by Karen Lou Deloso/Photo by Riza Golez

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