Partners join hands in the launching of the Yakap Bayan: Community Mobilization Program in Barangay Mamuyao.

The Calabarzon Regional Development Council (RDC) conducted its 7th Community Outreach and Yakap-Bayan Mobilization Program last October 24, 2019. The RDC and its partners visited the Dumagat Tribe in Sitio Tala, Barangay Mamuyao in Tanay, Rizal in celebration of the National Indigenous Peoples’ (IP) Month with the theme “Empowering Indigenous Peoples through the Whole-of-Nation Approach”. The RDC delegation was composed of 21 line agencies, 4 private sector organizations, 1 local government unit, and 2 state universities.

In his opening message, Dir. Luis G. Banua of NEDA Region IV-A and RDC Vice Chairperson emphasized the aim of the outreach which is to improve the delivery of public goods and services and address root causes of insurgency and drug-related cases. He also stressed that the activity aims to reach those who are most in need and living in remote areas in the region.

Ms. Carmela Baraquiel represented Sec. Dennis Hernandez, Presidential Adviser for Southern Tagalog, and delivered his message to the community and his appreciation to the national government, especially the volunteers, for their continuous support and efforts for bringing their services to the people of the Calabarzon region.

Dir. Roberto L. Almonte of the NCIP Region IV awarded Certificates of Scholarship worth PHP5,000 to selected Dumagat students.

The Dumagats received 21 cafeteria livelihood kits from DTI Region IV-A; slippers from OCD and NEDA Region IV-A; assorted hygiene kits from DepEd Region IV-A; and solar lamps with radio from BFAR Region IV-A. Grocery packs from PNP Region IV-A and URS were also given to residents. The farmers were given seed packs and cans from DA/APCO Rizal and Tanay LGU. The local school received books from the National Commission of Women in the Philippines.

Partners participate in the distribution of goods to the students and Dumagats.
Partners participate in the distribution of goods to the students and Dumagats.

Meanwhile, the DILG Region IV-A, DepEd Region IV-A, Cavite State University, OCD Region IV-A, PSA Region IV-A, URS, DENR Region IV-A, NCIP, Sinag Kalinga, Inc., DPWH Region IV-A, OPAST, NIA Region IV-A, PNP Region IV-A, PAF-3rd ARCEN, and DSWD Region IV-A distributed bags, school supplies, slippers, hygiene kits, snacks, umbrellas, raincoats, and dental supplies to the students while grocery packs, rice packs, kulambo, and blankets were distributed to the Dumagats. The DSWD Region IV-A and Tanay LGU gave food packs and snacks to residents.

Various social services were also provided during the outreach. The AFP-Southern Luzon Command, Tanay LGU, and DepEd Region IV-A provided medical and dental services to priority patients and other target beneficiaries while TESDA Region IV-A and SOLCOM gave free haircut and massage services. PSA Region IV-A also offered civil registration services.

Medical services provided to the beneficiaries
Dental services provided to the beneficiaries
Massage provided to the beneficiaries

POPCOM Region IV gave a lecture on teenage pregnancy while the URS conducted a lecture on environmental awareness to parents and psychosocial activities to kids.

Several government agencies and private organizations pledged to provide assistance to the community in the near future. NEDA Region IV-A Staff and the RDC pledged solar panels to the IP community in the barangay; Rizal Province will conduct a dental/medical mission in Barangay Mamuyao in November; LLDA will provide trainings on bamboo livelihood; and Kabisig ng Kalahi, Inc. committed a follow-through outreach activity for the students.

As a gesture of appreciation, the Mamuyao students gave a heartfelt song to the outreach partners, “Munting tinig ko’y iyong pakinggan, simpleng awit ika’y hahandugan. Pasasalamat ko’y sayo dahil inibig mo Inibig mo kahit bata ako” (Musikatha, “Munting Tinig”).

Francess Louise P. Lopez, NEDA Region IV-A | October 29, 2019