Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte- The troops of the 29th Infantry (Matatag Fighters) Battalion in collaboration with the Municipal Local Government Unit (MLGU) of Jabonga which is headed by Mayor Napoleon M. Montero, together with the Municipal Local Government Operations Officer (MLGOO), and various partner agencies held a 1-day ‘Serbisyo Caravan’ at Brgy. Bangonay, Jabonga, Agusan del Norte on September 18, 2020.
The 1-day ‘Serbisyo Caravan’ is a convergence of stakeholders supporting DILG’s Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP) Immersion. This is in line with Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s Executive Order (EO) 70 which institutionalizes the Whole-of-the-Nation approach to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) by delivering basic services to Conflict-Affected Areas (ConAAs) and Geographically Isolated Disadvantaged Areas (GIDAs).
A total of 899 beneficiaries received basic services and goods from the different line government agencies. These included prenatal consultation, medical check-up, tooth extraction and free tuli (circumcision) done by the Municipal Health Office and 29IB; free haircut rendered by the Jabonga Municipal Police Station and 29IB; various seeds of fruit trees distributed by the Municipal Agriculture Office; food packs and hygiene kits provided by the Municipal Social Welfare Development Office (MSWDO) who also provided psycho-social support counselling; and legal assistance from the Public Attorney’s Office.
In his statement, Lt. Col. Isagani O. Criste, Commanding Officer of 29IB said “This time of the year is crucial to us Filipinos since Christmas is approaching. During this time, we are accustomed to helping our fellow countrymen, but because of this pandemic, some of us became hesitant and complacent in doing what we used to. This pandemic outbreak is a challenge for us to extend our hospitality to those who are in need through the ‘bayanihan’ spirit. Also, as fellow frontliners, we are committed to giving our best in serving and performing our duties. We urge each one of you to also help and reach out to those who are in need because one single act of kindness can change a life.”