Whole of Nation for peace. Various government agencies join forces in delivering basic services and social development packages in Brgy. Eureka, Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental.
Delivering basic services, especially to the conflict-affected areas in the province is now one of the priority goals of the Province of Misamis Oriental as it steps up its efforts in operationalizing the Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC).
DILG 10 Regional Director Arnel M. Agabe said that during the recent launching of MisOr PTF-ELCAC, Barangay Eureka, Gingoog City received basic services and social development packages from different agencies, as part of the whole-of-nation approach in ending the perennial problem on insurgency
“Our desire is for our current rebels to heed the urgent call in changing their lives. This is the perfect opportunity to surrender while the government is here to provide all your necessary needs to start anew,”Agabe said.
Agabe added that 23 former rebels who returned to the fold of the government received cash assistance under the Department’s Enhanced Comprehensive Livelihood Integration Program (E-CLIP).
With this, he disclosed more efforts of the national government agencies and urged New People’s Army (NPA) to surrender and believe that the government will help them along the way.
Basic services for Eureka
Among the basic services distributed to barangay residents in Eureka are farm inputs like seedlings, vegetable pricks, tables, chairs, and food.Residents were also treated several hours of entertainment through the MisOr band, and the Provincial Government of MisOrtook care of the vehicle for the transport of goods.
Gingoog City Government donated food packs, medical, dental, local civil services, and manpower while the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) donated seedlings.
The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) vowed to give skills training on raising organic chicken and Philippine National Police (PNP) provided free dental services and operation ‘tuli’.
Moreover, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) presented their commitment for the road project, National Auxiliary Chaplaincy Philippines (NACPHIL) donated bath soaps and school uniforms, and Land Transportation Office (LTO) conducted a briefing on vehicle registration and licensing.
The Department of Agriculture (DA) donated various seedlings, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) donated monetary gift, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) donated medical items and school supplies, and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) donated 1,000 tilapia.
Finally the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) donated 10 sacks of rice and 1,600 ready-to-eat food packs. The Provincial Health Office donated support to dental services, medical consultations, and medicines.
Carrying the vision
DILG Assistant Secretary for Plans and Programs Francisco R. Cruz vowed that the DILG will continue to support the ELCAC initiatives in the province.
“Maaasahan po ninyo na kami po sa DILG ay patuloy na susuporta sa gawaing ito. Kami po mismo ang lalapit sa inyo kasama ang ibat-ibang ahensya ng gobyerno,” he said.
“Hindi po si national government ang masusunod kung ano po ang kailangan at ibibigay na proyekto sa inyo. Kayo po ang masusunod dahil yun po ang nararapat,” he added.
Meanwhile, MisOr Provincial Governor and MOTF-ELCAC Chairperson Yevgeny Vincente B. Emano highlighted the provincial government’s efforts to attain sustainable peace and development in the region.
“Our government brought all the services and help they could bring for the people in Barangay Eureka. Our government will put all the efforts and commitment to make sure that no one is left behind,” Emano said. ###