Las Navas folks to RDC: Thank you so much

Catarman, Northern Samar – Mayor Minda Tan, the Local Chief Executive of Las Navas town, almost lost words while welcoming the participants of the Regional Peace and Development (RDC) Peace and Development Caravan conducted in her town recently. 

Speaking for and in behalf of the people of her municipality represented by more or less 600 residents and local officials from various barangays gathered in its newly built gymnasium, Mayor Tan said she is thankful that her municipality was chosen to be the venue of such a noble act of the government to reach out to areas that are far from government offices. 

“Pasalamat gud kami nga gin bisita kami san mga tawo san gobyerno agud makita man san mga tawo nga gin iintindi man liwat sira (We are thankful that we were visited by the people of the government so that the people will also feel that they are being cared for.),” Tan said. 

The 2nd of a series of caravans, the RDC member-agencies delivered services and products to the people in attendance. Among the basic support services rendered included medical mission including immunization, dental services and distribution of medicines, demonstration, technical assistance and series of lectures for livelihood and capacity-building programs, scholarship grants on automotive and household electrical installation, one-on-one consultation with the Regional Line Agencies (RLAs) for specific community concerns, distribution of seeds and fruit-bearing trees seedlings, distribution of office and school supplies and feeding program. 

Maricel Bantillo, PAMANA Northern Samar Area Coordinator, said that to date, OPAPP projects are being implemented in partnership with KALAHI-CIDSS in 18 conflict affected barangays. “Some are in finishing stages but most of these (projects) are completed already,” Bantillo said in a statement. These undertakings include construction of school buildings, day care centers, path walks and path bridges.

Meanwhile, the 8th Infantry Division in .Camp Lukban, Catbalogan City reported that there had been a significant decline in insurgent activities particularly in Las Navas and nearby localities after government interventions had been started in 2011. The army is continuously asking the local and barangay officials and the locales to continue to support in the eradication of the insurgency in the area to ensure a sustainable progress in the area. 

Director Imelda Laceras of Department of Budget and Management (DBM) VIII encouraged the local officials and community people not to hesitate in bringing their concerns to appropriate government agency as it is their mandate to serve the people. Laceras serves as the chairperson of RDC-Development Administration Committee (RDC-DAC). 

The RDC-led Peace and Development Caravan was a kick-off activity of the National Peace Consciousness Month in Eastern Visayas.
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