Hundreds of hinterland residents benefit from Serbisyo Caravan
By Mary Judaline Partlow / Philippine News Agency
DUMAGUETE CITY – Hundreds of residents from the hinterland village of Danao in Bindoy, Negros Oriental have benefited from the provincial government’s Serbisyo Caravan aimed to alleviate the lives of indigents in remote areas.
Capitol public information officer Bimbo Miraflor in an interview Wednesday said aside from Danao residents, those from adjacent barangays covered by the government’s Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (TF-ELCAC) availed of the services and received assistance during Tuesday’s activity.
While Danao is not on the list of priority barangays under TF-ELCAC, it was chosen as the venue for the medical mission and animal wellness activity because it is surrounded by “cluster barangays” like Nalundan in Bindoy, Luyang in Mabinay, and Mabato in Ayungon, that are affected by insurgency, he said.
The Serbisyo Caravan, a priority project of Gov. Roel Degamo, is aligned with the TF-ELCAC’s activities to ensure that people living in the hinterlands are provided an opportunity to avail of free government services and assistance, he said.
It is the provincial government’s contribution to the government’s efforts, under President Rodrigo Duterte’s Whole of Nation Approach, to end insurgency through attaining inclusive peace and sustainability, he added.
Services provided during the Serbisyo Caravan included medical consultation and free medicines and vitamins, circumcision and minor surgeries, distribution of seeds and seedlings and fertilizers, and immunization of livestock, among others.
This is the sixth activity of its kind conducted by the provincial government for the second quarter of this year and more will be held this year, Miraflor said.
The Serbisyo Caravan had slowed down in the past months due to restrictions following the imposition of stricter quarantine classifications due to a surge of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the province, he added.
Those who took part in the outreach program were the Philippine Army, the Philippine National Police, the Provincial Agriculture Office, the Provincial Veterinary Office, other provincial government offices, and some national government agencies. (PNA)