MALAPATAN, Sarangani (April 12, 2021) – As the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) continuously endeavors to bring the government closer to the people to attain inclusive and sustainable peace, the Serbisyo Caravan para sa Sarangan has officially started its leg in Malapatan with Barangay Kihan as its pilot site.
The journey of the Serbisyo Caravan in the area has benefited approximately a thousand residents from the various services conducted by the joint force of the different provincial and municipal offices led by Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon, Mayor Salway Sumbo Jr., together with the office of Congressman Ruel Pacquiao, and other line agencies headed by the DILG-Sarangani under Provincial Director Samuel Camaganacan and other stake holders.
The Serbisyo Caravan is part of the Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP)- an umbrella program under the Executive Order No. 70 institutionalizing the whole-of-nation approach to End Local Communist Armed Conflict in the country (ELCAC).
This program aims to integrate government programs and efforts to actively engage the involvement of the sectors and communities in the farthest barangays in the province.
As an ELCAC community, various medical, agricultural, livelihood, environmental, educational and other basic social services was provided in Kihan during the caravan.
Barangay Kihan is also one of the barangays in the province to receive P20 million funding for the barangay projects and programs from the Local Government Support Fund-Support to Barangay Development Program (LGSF-SBDP) 2021 under the General Appropriations Act 2021 which will be implemented this year.
According to Barangay Chairman Danilo Abdulradzak, out of the P20 million funding, P13 million of it will be put on the concreting of roads going to other upland sitios in other barangays, construction of the water system and putting up health centers in other sitios.
Also, Congressman Pacquiao formally turned over the new barangay hall and covered court amounting to P9 million funded under his office. He also provided housing and financial assistance to a former rebel in the barangay.
Speaking on behalf of Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon, Vice Governor Elmer De Peralta expressed his gratitude to the support of the residents in Kihan and assured that the province will continue its vision in delivering basic services to every Sarangan.
The vice governor also turned over one set of desktop computer to be used by the office of the Indigenous People Mandatory Representative (IPMR) and 50 pairs of reading glasses for senior citizens.
Sumbo expressed his joy and gratitude to all the line agencies and offices who have provided various services in Kihan. He also urged the people to live in peace and further said that if there is peace, development can be easily achieved in an area.
Barangay captain Abulradzak also expressed his gratitude for having Kihan as one of the beneficiaries for the Serbisyo Caravan and said that the people have already experienced the real governance that they have long dreamed of.
Also present during the activity were board members Ephraim Galzote, Corazon Grafilo and Provincial Sangguniang Kabataan Federation president Rheymar Dian along with Vice Mayor Jean Delos Santos and other municipal officials.
Barangay Kihan which is mainly inhabited by Blaan tribal folk is one of the farthest barangays in Malapatan, located some 28 kilometers northeast of the coastal Poblacion or Malapatan town proper.
It is bounded by Don Marcelino, Davao Occidental in the north and Barangay Pag-asa of Alabel town in the south and is accessible by means of “habal-habal” or motorcycle and "weapon" truck.
Despite the on-going pandemic, the Serbisyo Caravan was successfully implemented following minimum health protocols with the help of the barangay security services who were tightly securing the area by reminding every individual to follow social distancing and the wearing of face mask.
This week, the Serbisyo Caravan is set to benefit the residents of Barangay Upper Suyan and Barangay Kinam, next week. (Joshua John Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)
Photo by Martin Fernando Bernad Jr., taken on April 7 during the conduct of Serbisyo Caravan para sa Sarangan at Barangay Kihan.