Timberland folks hail convergence caravan
by DavNor Press Release on Friday, October 26, 2012 at 4:27pm ·
by Noel Baguio
Davao del Norte - Residents of a timberland community in New Corella town greeted with warm reception the convergence outreach of the province that brought a torrent of government services to the area.
Cecilia Cabuga, 65, was overwhelmed by the flurry of services feasted upon by throngs of people streaming to and from the one-stop caravan of services of the Davao del Norte Convergence for Peace and Development mission in Barangay El Salvador.
“Dili ko makatuo nga ing-ani kadaghan ang gidala ni Governor Rodolfo del Rosario nga mga serbisyo dinhi sa amoang barangay (I can’t believe my eyes the governor brought these multitude of services to our place),” she beamed.
What baffled her more was the commanding presence of the governor, who personally oversaw the mission, bringing along with him the provincial officials and employees, together with army personnel and police officers.
Cabuga has to endure the long walk from home just to have her painful inflammation of joints checked by the doctors. Tagging along with her were two of her grandchildren who had cough and colds.
Dako kaayo ang among nadaginot sa pag-anhi sa convergence (We have saved a lot of money and effort with this outreach program,” she said.
Residents of this upland community have to shell hundreds of pesos just to get to the Poblacion about 30 kilometers away.
Eleuterio Ballesta, 36, was also grateful for the legal services of the convergence initiative.
His family and neighbors took advantage of the certificate of late registration and the processing of other documents required in registering their motorcycles.
Once again, about a thousand residents benefitted from the medical and social services of the 26th convergence outreach this year.
As of September this year, the caravan of services has already served over 40,000 beneficiaries since its start in 2011.
Aside from bridging the gap between the provincial government and its people due to physical distance, the program has also strengthened the partnership of the Capitol, the army, the police, LGUs, NGOs and other agencies, in serving far-flung and depressed areas.
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