Far-flung Mandaya Communities in Caraga Receive Gush of Goods, Services from Gov’t

CARAGA, DAVAO ORIENTAL — Aiming to provide vital services to Davao Oriental constituents, the provincial government through the Nagkakaisang Lingkod-Bayan ng Davao Oriental Barangay Outreach Caravan has visited far-flung sitios in the hinterland village of Pichon in the municipality of Caraga, Davao Oriental.

A total of 669 households from Sitios Sangab, Kabayugan, Lanangan, Old Sangab, Panlaisan, Hanginan, and Lanipga have been catered in the one-day caravan on May 26, 2021 which offered various services from the different government agencies and offices.

Free services offered include medical and eye check-up along with free medicines, vitamins, and eyeglasses, as well as, Operation Tuli or circumcision for young boys and free haircut. Also distributed were various goods including kitchen kits, seedlings and other planting materials, solar lights, hygiene kits, slippers, school supplies and other goods.

Veterinary services such as free rabies vaccinations, deworming, consultations with medicines and vitamins have also been provided.

Agencies and offices that were present were the Davao Oriental Capitol Clinic (DOCC), Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO), Provincial Agriculture Office (PAGRO), Provincial Veterinary Office (PVET), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).

Also providing their services were the Environment and Natural Resources Office (ENRO) along with Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PHILFIDA), Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), Provincial Cooperative Office (PCO), as well as, the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Philippine Army (PA), who aside from providing security also offered services.

Vice Governor Niño Sotero L. Uy who graced the activity relayed Governor Nelson Dayanghirang’s thrust of prioritizing far-flung communities with limited opportunities. Vice Governor Uy also noted the importance of peace and order in the community knowing that it can be simply achieved through togetherness and good relationship to open up more doors for progress and development.

The program was attended by the 701st Brigade Commander Col. Oliver Maquiling, 67th Infantry Battalion Commander Lt.Col. Michael Aquino, Davao Oriental Provincial Police Office (DOPPO) Provincial Director PCol. Efren E. Orlina, NLD-BOC focal person Rotchie M. Ravelo, Provincial Administrator Mr. Art Benjie Bulaong, Municipal Mayor Alicia Mori represented by Kim Mori Benjie Lahora, Municipal Councilor Daisy Jane Banugan and other municipal and barangay officials. By Mark Oliver Alvite