RDC launches Peace and Development Caravan in Samar

Tacloban City – In an effort of the government and its services to be felt strongly even in far-flung areas including conflict affected and conflict vulnerable areas, the Regional Development Council of Eastern Visayas (RDC VIII) chaired by Leyte Governor Dominic Petilla, will be initiating a Peace Caravan in the province of Samar on Wednesday, July 29, 2015.

The activity, dubbed RDC VIII Peace and Development Caravan, will be participated by various national government agencies in coordination with the Provincial Government of Samar to bring their respective products and services directly to the Local Government Units (LGUs) and to the people.

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), which serves as the RDC VIII secretariat, reported that the caravan will take off in Calbiga town and Catbalogan City respectively at about 8 o’clock in the morning, will converge in Buray, Paranas and proceed to Brgy. Lawaan also of Paranas town.
HIGHLIGHTING  the first RDC-led Peace and Developmetn Caravan on July 29, 2015, participants sign the Pledge for Peace in support of just and lasting peace bringing sustained development in Samar Island.

A day-long activity will be conducted in the said village. Medical and dental mission will be among the highlights of the event to include provision of free medicines. National agencies in attendance will be orienting the people as to how they can avail the services of the government. Also expected in the activity will be the distribution of seeds, office supplies and furniture.

THANKFUL - A pupil of Lawaan Elementary 
school shows the pair of slippers and a 
backpack she received from OPAPP 
during the 1st RDC-led Peace and 
Development Caravan on June 29, 
2015 at Brgy. Lawaan, Paranas, Samar. 
Hosted by the provincial government of Samar through Governor Sharee Ann Tan, the caravan will be participated too by LGUs of Calbiga, Hinabangan and Paranas. Also in attendance are the regional offices of Department of Agriculture, Department of Health, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Budget and Management, Department of Interior and Local Government, National Economic and Development Authority, Philippine National Police, Philhealth, Technological Education and Skills Development Authority, Bureau of Fish and Aquatic Resources, Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority, Philippine Coconut Authority, Department of Education and the Public Attorney’s Office.

According to Imelda Bonifacio, Samar Island Area Manager of Pamayapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA), said that she is happy that RDC has finally initiated an action as big as this so that the message of peace will be widely heard especially in conflict affected areas. “We want to let the people know in the barangays that they are not left out by government and that we are reaching out to them,” Bonifacio said. “Peace and Development go side by side,” she stressed.

Bonifacio said that the village of Lawaan is among the benefitted barangays of the newly constructed concrete road funded by PAMANA stretching from the municipality of San Jose de Buan, an interior municipality of Samar, to Barangay Lokilokon of Paranas where the national highway is located. “Now that there is already a road going there, it’s high time for them to receive the services of the government,” she continued.

To date, Peace Caravans, initiated by PAMANA, had been conducted already in eight (8) municipalities covering 103 barangays in Samar Island.

RECEIVING HANDS - Children from Brgy. Lawaan, 
Paranas, Samar and nearby villages reach their 
hands out as a DTI staff distributes school 
supplies in an effort to bring the government
to the people during the RDC-led Peace and 
Development Caravan on July 29, 2015.
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