Province of Eastern Samar, RDC culminate Peace Month with service caravan

JIPAPAD, Eastern Samar – The Provincial Government of Eastern Samar joined the Regional Development Council (RDC) in conducting the Peace and Development Caravan as culminating activity of the National Peace Consciousness Month in this municipality recently. 

A recipient tries the slippers from OPAPP during the Jipapad Peace &
Development Caravan on September 30, 2015. 
The Jipapad Peace and Development Caravan is the 3rd leg of RDC-initiated peace activity in Eastern Visayas following the successful conduct of the same in Brgy. Lawaan, Paranas, Samar and Las Navas town in Northern Samar. It culminated the Peace Month carrying its core message “Pagkakaisa tungo sa Patuloy na Kapayapaan at Kaunlaran.” 

The caravan is a multi-service converged delivery of basic services by various participating RDC government and non-government member-agencies to a pre-identified area, in this instance, the municipality of Jipapad. 

Governor Conrado Nicart, Jr., in a prepared message said that he is a constant advocate of peace. “In my long experience as public servant, I know that peace is a very important element in any development effort,” the governor said. Governor Nicart served in various government services to include stint as Municipal Mayor, Barangay Chairman and President of Association of Barangay Chairpersons. 

The provincial chief, who was not able to make it during the activity due to an abrupt meeting with President Benigno Aquino III, mobilized the provincial government in assisting the RDC contingents especially in preparing food for the almost a thousand service-beneficiaries in the municipality. 

Jipapad Mayor Delia Monleon, meanwhile, in her talk, said that she is thankful that her town and constituents had been chosen as beneficiary of the RDC caravan joined by various regional line agencies. “Nagpapasalamat kami nga iton amon kalsada naagi-an na ngan naabot na kami hin sugad nga serbisyo (We are thankful that our road is passable already and services like this can already reach us),” Monleon said. 

The road that the Local Chief Executive is talking about is the multi-million road project being funded by PAMANA (Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan),the government’s framework for peace and development funded by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) using fund facilities of Department of Agriculture. The framework follows a converged strategy of resource allocation and utilization, and aims to sustain all on-going governance and development initiatives in communities affected by past or on-going conflicts.

The Jipapad road stretch which connects to a highway junction in Imelda, Lapinig was opened in 2012 and is currently being completed. 

Regional Director Imelda Laceras of DBM VIII and also serves as the RDC-DAC Chairperson reiterated that she will continue to push her colleagues in the region to institutionalize the service mission so as to let the people and even local government units feel that they are not being left behind. In her message, she said that she desires that when the whole region experiences progress, communities even in hard to reach areas are included in the development. 

The caravan was participated by 17 regional line agencies to include Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Department of Agriculutre (DA), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PFIDA), Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine Army (AFP-PA), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), National Food Authority (NFA), Department of Justice-Parole and Probation Authority (DOJ-PPA), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Public Attorney’s Office (PAO). 

Among the basic support services rendered by RDC VIII member-agencies 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.
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