Sunday, November 1, 2020

Serbisyo Caravan Resumes, Benefits Residents of Antipas

MAGPET, Cotabato
– The Provincial Task Force ELCAC "Serbisyo Caravan" resumes implementing the pending schedules due to the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this year in Barangay Camutan of the Municipality of Antipas, Cotabato on Thursday, October 29, 2020.

The Caravan successfully launched its services to the people of Barangay Camutan, a geographically isolated and disadvantaged area in the municipality with the different line agencies from the regional, provincial level and the LGU-Antipas combined to give its outreach service to the IP communities.

In collaboration and partnership with different agencies with 72nd Infantry Battalion, 1002nd Infantry Brigade, and PNP to include other Civil Society Organizations helping out in said activity, are the following:
  1. Department of Health (DOH) with 345 beneficiaries;
  2. Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) with 18 beneficiaries;
  3. Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) with 42 beneficiaries;
  4. Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) with 56 beneficiaries;
  5. Department of Agriculture (DA) with 24 beneficiaries;
  6. Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) with 645 beneficiaries;
  7. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) with 10 beneficiaries;
  8. Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) with 36 beneficiaries;
  9. Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) with 67 beneficiaries;
  10. Commission on Higher Education (CHED) with 25 beneficiaries;
  11. Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) with 20 beneficiaries;
  12. Land Transportation Office (LTO) with 102 beneficiaries;
  13. Provincial Veterinary with 134 beneficiaries;
  14. Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council and MDRRMC-Antipas with 21 beneficiaries;
  15. Provincial Police Office North Cotabato and Antipas MPS with 168 beneficiaries and;
  16. PLGU-North Cotabato with 2,500 beneficiaries for food packs
  17. Municipal Health Office and 10ID Medical and Dental Team with 102 children dental Beneficiaries and 143 Circumcised;
  18. Municipal Registrar Office and City Mayors Office with 26 beneficiaries of the civil mass wedding.

One of the highlights during the caravan was the free Kasalan ng Bayan officiated by Hon Egidio Cadungon Jr, to 10 pairs of newly-wed couples; the giving of Certificate of Land Ownership Award (CLOA) from the Department of Agrarian Reform to thirty-six (36) new landowners of the barangay. Another is the handing over of 30 goats from the office of the provincial veterinarian; 100 slippers from PNP Antipas; 10 boxes of medicine, 5 Buntis Kit and 1 wheelchair from IPHO; 200 fruit-bearing tree seedlings and 100 coconut seedlings from OPAG; and 100 handbooks of disaster preparedness from PDRRM.

The program was hosted by Gov. Nancy Catamco with PLGU-Cotabato Staff with the presence of the Mayor of Antipas, Hon. Egidio S Cadungon, Vice Mayor Chris Cadungon. Also present were COL TED B DAMUSMOG, Deputy Brigade Commander 1002Bde, LTC REY T ALVARADO, Commander 72IB, and P/COL HENRY VILLAR, PD PPO- Cotabato and in attendance from different Regional Directors of National Agencies and SB Members of Antipas.

“If there is unity, together we can end the insurgency. EO70 signed by our President to bring all government services and address all the issues exploited by the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG). Why not join the ranks of uniformed men? Be an Army, Police, Jail Officer, or Fire Officer. They have lots of benefits and also have talents in singing. You join the NPA, then you become a terrorist. You get nothing from joining them. Your Government agencies and uniformed men are here to show our sincerest and selfless dedication to serve all of you,” Governor Hon. Nancy Catamco said in her speech.

Lt. Col. Alvarado expressed his gratitude and active participation from national and local agencies for bringing government services to the beneficiaries.

“To all members and supporters of CTG's, we never get tired in reaching out and facilitate to those who wanted to return back to our true government. We know that you are only victims of the CPP-NPA-NDF propaganda and deception. Lay down your arms, support the government, and live peacefully with your families,” he ended.

Source: Civil-Military Operations Office, 72nd Infantry Battalion, Joint Task Force Agila, PA

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