DAVAO ORIENTAL–Davao Oriental’s flagship program Nagkakaisang Lingkod-Bayan ng Davao Oriental Barangay Out-reach Caravan (NLD-BOC) is now fast becoming a model strategy for peace and development efforts in the Davao Region.
On August 22-23, a team from the neighboring province of Compostela Valley has visited Davao Oriental to witness and learn valuable lessons from its latest outreach caravan held in the four villages in the town of Caraga, namely Caningag, San Miguel, Mercedes and Don Leon Balante, wherein more than 5,000 residents have re-ceived a myriad of over-whelming services from the government.
“We’ve been hearing a lot about Davao Oriental’s success in the implementa-tion of its outreach cara-van, prompting us to see for ourselves how it’s being-done here,” said Compos-tela Valley Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bong Ybiernas, who led the delegation from the neigh-boring Provincial Govern-ment Unit.
He lauded the strong and effective convergence of more than 40 participa-ting agencies and offices from the national, provincial and local government in bringing goods and much-needed services closer to the people – especially those who are living in Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDAs) wherein the main challenge lies on accessi-bility.
Aside from being impressed to see a huge turnout of people that gave the caravan a festive atmosphere, he said he also found the strategy as “very effective in addressing the main issues in the commu-nity”.
Ybiernas disclosed that Compostela Valley Gover-nor Javyee Tyron Uy plans to implement a monthly caravan in his province by next year, adopting the strategies being practiced here in Davao Oriental as it is worth emulating.
Sharing common bor-ders, the provinces of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental also share the same issues and chal-lenges when it comes to insurgency. With Davao Oriental’s ongoing massive peace and development campaign, the adjacent province is being galvanized to adopt similar measures to prevent enemy forces being driven away to cross over their borders. For the past months since the Out-reach Caravan’s launching here coupled with the im-plementation of the Philip-pine Army’s Community Support Program which is being piloted in the province, there had been a significant dent in the inci-dence of insurgency in Davao Oriental, says Philippine Army’s701st Brigade Commander Col. Reuben Basiao. Karen Lou Deloso