A total of 382 beneficiaries received hygiene kits while their barangays received emergency generator sets from various government and volunteer groups during the Ugnayan sa Barangay held in Barangay Utap, Sta. Rita, Samar on November 4, 2020.
The “poorest of the poor” as certified by the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer likewise received toys for their children, courtesy of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Office of the Presidential Assistant, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through Director Marie Angela Gopalan, The Fraternal Order of Eagles (TFOE), Philippine Army, United Coconut Planters Bank (UCPB), and Senator Bong Go, among others.
In all, there were 11 beneficiaries from Barangay Hinangutdan, 48 from Old Manunca, 98 from San Agustin, 110 from Binanalan, and 109 from Tagacay.
Brigadier General Wilbur C. Mamawag, Assistant Chief of the 8th Infantry Division, together with OCD Regional Director Lord Byron Torrecarion, turned over the six generator sets for use during emergencies. Torrecarion said the portable generators are a symbol of hope, as the presence of light exudes optimism among people.
Sta. Rita Mayor Joven Tiu, Vice Mayor Engr. Jade Kie Tiu, members of the Sanggunian, and department heads were present during the event to support the implementation of the Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP). The National Intelligence Coordination Agency (NICA) showed a briefer intended to warn parents against the deceptive recruitment of youths by the New People’s Army.
For Punong Barangays Anacleto Canete Jr. of Hinangutdan and Geronimo Igso of Binanalan, the generator sets are timely and appreciated as these will extend a better quality of life to their residents. This was echoed by Arturo Mamaril, a senior citizen farmer from Barangay Tagacay, who said the hygiene kits were welcome assistance.
Regional Director Karl Caesar R. Rimando of the DILG Eastern Visayas, who initiated the activity together with other agency heads, recognized the Office of the President, OCD, Philippine Army, TFOE, Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine National Police, NICA, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Department of Agriculture, UCPB, DSWD, Local Government of Sta. Rita, members of the media, and many others for their invaluable contribution to the activity. The event was organized as part of efforts for the RCSP to promote a just and lasting peace in the region by 2022.