GUIHULNGAN CITY, Sept. 16 (PIA) -- Residents of Brgy. Trinidad, Guihulngan City benefitted from the Caravan on Basic Government Services event held in their village on Sept. 11, 2019.
Medical officers from the Department of Health (DOH) and the Provincial Health Office (PHO) gave free medical check-up and medicines to residents of the barangay and conducted free circumcision for young boys.
Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESFDA) certified beauticians and therapists provided free wellness services such as nail care, hairdressing, half body and full body massage to the villagers.
Vilage residents also received free high-value seeds and tree seedlings from the Department of Agriculture, Philippine Coconut Authority, and the Provincial Agriculturist Office (PAO) during the activity.
Some of the seeds distributed were lettuce, pechay, bitter gourd, squash, tomatoes, eggplant, okra, and rice seedlings while residents also received seedlings for cashew, guyabano, and jackfruit.
The Provincial Veterinary Office also administered free rabies vaccination to dogs and brought live chicken for interested poultry raisers.
In the same activity, Gov. Roel Degamo also handed over agri-livelihood kits to Punong Barangay Luciana Montecino as part of the livelihood support interventions provided by the provincial government to the area.
Other national government agencies such as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the LandBank of the Philippines gave free consultation of services.
Representatives of LandBank also gave an orientation on their loan schemes and other funding assistance programs to people who came to their booth.
DTI also held a pandan weaving demonstration in their booth as part of their local livelihood programs.
Meanwhile, The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) held a briefing on their Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged / Displaced Workers (TUPAD) to 38 beneficiaries in the said barangay.
The Civil Registrar's Office in Guihulngan City also administered free birth certificate registration to residents in the barangay.
Other agencies that participated and extended their services in the event were Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Public Attorney's Office, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and National Food Authority (NFA) which sold NFA rice at P27/kg.
The Office of the Presidential Assistant to the Visayas (OPAV) and the Negros Oriental Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NOTF ELCAC) spearheaded the activity to complement the "Dagyawan the Barangay: Talakayan ng Mamamayan" event held in the city on Sept. 10.
The Dagyawan provided a dialogue between the residents of communities affected by insurgency and the officials of line agencies to find solutions to solve issues related to insurgency and also formulate possible steps for faster delivery of government services to the hinterlands.
The two activities are part of the strategies of OPAV and NOTF ELCAC to counter insurgency through enhanced delivery of basic services of the government and continuous engagement with the public.
OPAV leads the regional task force on ELCAC in Central Visayas.
Presidential Assistant to the Visayas, Sec. Michael Lloyd Dino, wrote a message for the residents of Brgy. Trinidad which was read by OPAV Executive Staff Engr. Ricardo Mendoza.
"Ang OPAV nagpasiugda sa programang Serbisyong Malasakit. Bringing the government frontline services closer to the people, especially to the poorest of the poor. It played a vital role in creating a close partnership between OPAV and other NGAs and LGUs streamlining the delivery of basic services to One Stop Shop," read Mendoza.
"Kining kalihukan karon sinugdanan pa kini sa pagpatuman sa mando sa atong Presidente. Kining maong administrasyon ni Presidente Duterte andam ug pursigido nga ihaw-as sa kalisod ang katawhan. Ang katawhan Filipino gayud ang naa sa kasing-kasing sa Gobyernong Duterte ug atong katuyuan na mahatagan ug komportable kinabuhi ang tanan (This activity is just the start and part of our compliance to President Duterte's directive. President Duterte's administration is ready and determined to uplift lives of people from poverty. Advancing people's welfare has always been the heat of the Duterte government and our main goal is to provide a comfortable living for all)," Mendoza added.
Negros Oriental Governor and NOTF ELCAC Chair Roel Degamo also assured the barangay residents that they can always depend on the government in improving their lives.
"After ining na programa, naa ta usa ka team na nag-assess ug nag-validate kung unsa na pod angay buhaton sa mga agencies para ma-sustain nato ang programa kay mao kining gisugo ni President Duterte ka namo (After this, a team will make an assessment on what agencies should do next to sustain this initiative. This is the directive of President Duterte," Degamo said.
The governor also announced that the provincial government has already officiated the ground breaking of the 16-kilometer road connecting barangays Hilaitan, Mani-ak, and Trinidad to the main highway in Guihulngan and the people can expect the construction will start soon.
"Mao kining hiniusang kusog nga makahatag mi ug tinuuray na programa ug proyekto (This is a united effort to bring genuine and sincere programs and projects to you)," Degamo stressed.
With this, Brgy. Captain Luciana Montecino thanked all government agencies who brought their services to her constituents.
Montecino also appealed to her fellow residents to support the government and also join in its campaign in countering insurgency.
"Manghinaot ko na kitang tanan magkahiusa aron atong makab-ot ang kalinaw ug kauswagan sa atong barangay. Kitang tanan nangandoy jud ug kalinaw. Kining karon serbisyo sa gobyerno na gihatag nato karon mao kining dakong makatabang sa usa't usa ka nato (I hope that all of us will be united to achieve peace and progress in our village. We all dream of lasting peace. The services provided to us by the government are a big help to us)," Montecino said. (ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental)