The Calabarzon Regional Development Council (RDC) conducted its 3rd Community Outreach Activity and Yakap Bayan: Community Mobilization Support Program in Barangays Bucal, Encarnacion and Hukay in Calatagan, Batangas on October 12, 2018.

Asec. Anton Hernandez of DSWD, together with the 28 RDC participating members composed of government agencies, State Universities and Colleges and private sector organizations distributed school bags with school supplies, towellets, raincoats, umbrella, dental and hygiene kits, slippers, socks and snacks to 754 elementary pupils. Malongs, mats and food packs were given to 628 social pensioners, 4Ps beneficiaries and drug surrenderees. The farmers and fisher folks received agricultural supplies, centrifugal pump and engine, cheque for purchase of shallow tube wells, and slippers. Additional school supplies, IEC materials for disaster preparedness and medicines were given to the school heads. Other residents were able to avail of free medical and dental, haircut, massage, and manicure and pedicure services.

Agencies participated are AFP, PNP, DOH, TESDA, DTI, DA, DENR, DepEd, DOT, DSWD, Philhealth, NEDA, NIA, DBP, DAR, PSA, OCD, CSC, BFAR, Batangas State University, League of Planners, Zobel Foundation Inc, Regional Tripartite Industrial Peace Council, Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers, DSWD Office of the Assistant Secretary for Special Concerns, Barangay Officials, School Heads and LGU Calatagan. Some agencies launched their programs and projects such as the CDA, CHR, DOLE and DPWH.

In his message, RDC Co-Chairperson Engr. Ladislao Andal cited that government services are being delivered in the rural areas as they are part of the development of the region. Asec. Hernandez encouraged the residents to stop dreaming and to start acting on achieving their dreams. He reiterated that the government agencies are the partners of the community in uplifting their lives, thus cooperation of everyone is requested.

The outreach activity is a banner project of the RDC which aims to bring the government services closer to the people, and raise the visibility of the national government agencies and development partners to less developed areas in the region. The national government agencies are expected to respond to the needs and requests of the communities.

Laurece Francia R. Tanyag, NEDA Region IV-A | October 17, 2018