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PIA Press Release
2010/03/31

RPOC-13 conducts 2 outreach activities in March

Butuan City (31 March) -- The Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC-13) in the Caraga region conducted two (2) outreach activities in Barangay Manila de Bugabos, Butuan City and in on Jabonga, Agusan del Norte on March 16 and 23 respectively.

Dubbed as "Hiniusang Paghatod Serbisyo alang sa Kalinaw ug Kalamboan," it highlighted the concerted and convergence efforts of all government agencies in the region for the delivery of basic services to the communities.

Rene Burdeos, DILG-13 regional director and RPOC-13 head secretariat explained that the outreach activities aimed to strengthen and generate deeper involvement of all government agencies and the private sectors in bringing basic services to the people.

Various government agencies brought their services direct to the communities that included the Department of Agriculture (DA) that distributed various vegetable seeds, anti-rabies vaccination, dog castration and de-worming of large ruminant animals.

The Dept of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) distributed trees seedlings while the Dept of Education (DepEd) gave barangay assistance in the preparation for the opening of an integrated school in Jabonga, Agusan del Norte.

The Dept of Public Works & Highways (DPWH) and the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) provided roadside maintenance, blood typing and blood pressure taking respectively.

The National Statistics Office (NSO) and Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) answered queries on the processing of birth and travel documents.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on the other hand delivered the most sought-after services-- tuli and tooth extraction. Forty-two (42) boys ages 7-12 were circumcised while 84 persons availed of the dental services.

The Dept of the Interior & Local Government (DILG) provided for the syringes, needles and medicines for the circumcision while the Dept of Health (DOH) provided the medical services to the residents in Manila de Bugabos and Jabonga.

The Rotary Club of Butuan City, an active partner of RPOC, fed about 54 malnourished children.

Cecilio Denuro, Punong barangay of Manila de Bugabos appreciated the various services in his barangay and requested that more similar activities will be conducted in the area in the future.

DENR also conducted climate change advocacy campaign in Jabonga, which the Mayor, Glicerio Monton was very thankful for.

RPOC-13 believes that when government services are brought right at the doorsteps of the marginalized sector of our society especially those in the depressed areas, it can bring back the trust and confidence in the government.

This is also another way of informing the public on the frontline services that government is able to give to the people specifically in the far-flung areas.

The first RPOC-13 outreach program for this year was considered a tremendous success. More community outreach visits are now being planned within the Caraga region for the rest of 2010. (PIA/DILG-13, AIRB) [top]

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