433 Las Navas inland villagers helped in Army-led peace caravan

CATARMAN, Northern Samar, 21 July (PIA) – A recently held peace caravan served some 433 recipients of three isolated barangays of Las Navas, this province.

A school building funded by PAMANA is now being used by schoolchildren in Brgy. Lumalaog, Las Navas, Northern Samar. (Photo by: Rowel C. Montes)
Led by the 20th Infantry “We Lead” Battalion, Philippine Army(PA), the caravan that served barangays Bugtosan, Bugay and Lourdes, was in coordination with other local and national agencies. 

Events like this serve as an avenue of bringing the government closer to the people as it aims to provide and share basic services particularly in isolated communities. 

Services rendered included medical consultation to 208 individuals, 37 tooth extraction, 38 infants/children immunized and 150 children on the feeding program. 

Along with it, was a film showing and consultative dialogues on land titling and environmental protection. 

The “Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan” (PAMANA) likewise, presented updates on the progress of its funded infrastructure projects in the area and skills development training provided by the Social Welfare and Development. 

Dr. Romel Francisco of DOH Northern Samar, so with the Barangay Chairman Roliza Ambon expressed appreciation and gratitude to the 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine Army especially to 20th Infantry Battalion for bringing the services to the people and the convergence of line agencies through the peace caravan. 

Lt. Col. Hilarion G. Palma, Battalion Commander of 20IB in his statement said “Our soldiers have been transformed to becoming peace builders and they have made a difference in the lives of the vulnerable groups including those in dire need of government basic services.” 

“The Philippine Army is an institution that promotes good governance and excellence in public service. We are composed of servant soldiers and effective partners of local government units and civil society organizations with coequal obligation to serve the people and secure the land,” Palma added. 

The peace caravan was headed by Lt. Col. Hilarion G. Palma, Battalion Commander of 20IB together with the Bayanihan Team; Dr. Rommel Francisco MD, Dr. Alexander Lucban MD, Dr. Ricardo B. Bocar, Dr. Ma. Teresita Fe Saises of the Provincial Health Office of Northern Samar; Elmer Siervo of 803rd Press Corps; SPO4 Romeo Acedera of PNP- Las Navas; Ecel Bantilo of OPAPP; Melba Arino of DENR; Engr. Gil D. Herrera Jr of DPWH; Yolly Pajenado of TESDA-LNHS, and Mercy A. Castillo of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office. (Aileen Diaz/ 20th IB)
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