Talaingod, Davao Del Norte – Soldiers of 56th Infantry “Tatag” Battalion headed by LTC NORMAN E VALDEZ INF (GSC) PA, Battalion Commander revisited Sitio Naputkalan in cooperation and collaboration with the LGU, MAGRO, MSWD, PNP of Talaingod, Kiwanis International Tagum Chapter, Mindanao Peace Council (MPC) and the DepEd Talaingod District to conduct Community Outreach Program to the lumad community held at Sitio Naputkalan, Brgy Sto Niño, Talaingod, Davao del Norte today, August 10, 2019.
Tatag Troopers with the various stakeholders gladly intermingled with the lumad community headed by Sitio Tribal Leaders; Datu Bernardo Bawian and Datu Florendo Andilong together with the Sitio Chairman Mr Landilino Bawian.
On the previous visit of 56IB last june 2019, the tribal leaders expressed the community’s lack of source of potable water, concerns on formal education for their children, health problems, access road, additional registration to 4P’s and the construction of their communal latrine and Tribal Hall.
In this event, the Local Government Unit (LGU) and agencies (LGAs) distributed 50 sacks of corn seeds, water pipes, and MOL 100 food packs, 2 sacks of assorted clothes to the indigents of Sitio Naputkalan.
On the other hand, about 60 lumad youth enjoyed the fun games and happily received toys, pair of slippers and snacks initiated by CPT John Louie Dema-ala, the Civil Military Operation (CMO) Officer of 56IB together with the stakeholders representative of Kiwanis International, MPC, DSWD, Deped teachers and the PNP.
LTC Valdez with DepEd District Supervisor of Talaingod Mr Justiniano D. Cubar distributed backpacks and school supplies to 60 lumad youth in Naputkalan.
Ltc Valdez said, “Upang mas maging makabuluhan ang aming pagbabalik dito sa inyong lugar dito sa Naputkalan ay nakiusap kami na samahan kami ng Lokal na pamahalaan ng Talaingod at iba pang mga ahensiya upang mabigyang katuparan ang inyong mga kahilingan at ninanais, nang sa gayun ay unti-unti nating maisaayos ang inyong pamumuhay sa inyong nasasakupan. Alam namin na itong aming munting handog sa inyo ay hindi sapat para sa araw-araw ngunit ito naman ay magsisilbing panimula patungo sa kaunlaran at makapagbigay nang nararapat na edukasyon para sa ating mga kabataang lumad” he said.
Now, the lumad community gradually realized that there is possibility for the development of their living with the sincere help from the government and with the other stakeholders that has a common goal on helping lumad communities.
The Tatag troopers vowed to continuously look into the welfare of the residents through their Community Support Program (CSP).