CALAMBA CITY, Laguna Dec. 12 (PIA) --Department of Health (DOH) - CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 joined the "Serbisyo Caravan and Ugnayan sa Barangay" to bring health services to residents of Barangay Rizal, one of the insurgent areas in Atimonan, Quezon.
The objective of the caravan is to bring government services from the various government agencies directly at the grass roots level.
According to Health Education and Promotion Officer II Ms. Evangeline F. Caidoy, who led the team from the regional office, around 500 residents of Barangay Rizal benefitted from the activity.
She added that the activity was successful because most representatives from the regional government agencies have experienced and witness the challenges and difficulties of the residents in the area.
DOH-CALABARZON provided health kits and conducted health education activity among the residents promoting the DOH-B.I.D.A. solution in fighting Covid-19 which stands for B-awal ang walang mask, I-sanitize ang kamay, D-umistansya ng isang metro, A-lamin ang tamang impormasyon tingkol sa Covid-19.
The different agencies involved showcased their services and extended benefits to selected residents.
Mr. Ramir Dela Cruz, Data Controller IV from the Media Relations and Communications Unit emphasized that addressing the concerns of the community in insurgent areas like Barangay Rizal, needs the immediate intervention of various government agencies in order to educate and free them from communist's deception and exploitation which is rampant in the area to its geographical location.
He also stressed that coming up with immediate solutions is what the people need apart from advocacy and encouragement.
Aside from the health packages, groceries and livelihood projects, cash aid was also extended to selected individuals through the DSWD cash assistance program. Housing assistance amounting to P50,000 cash were also given.
DOH-CALABARZON OIC-Regional Director Paula Paz N. Sydiongco stated that people need to feel that the government is there and ready to serve them with their needs. "And through this caravan we can bring these services directly to them."
Among the participating agencies involved includes regional offices from the DOH, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Department of Education, National Youth Commission (NYC), and the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), Philippine Army, National Electrification Administration, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Trade and Industry, Philippine National Police, Department of Public Works and Highways, National Intelligence Coordinating Agency and the local government of Atimonan, Quezon.
The "Serbisyo Caravan" is conducted in collaboration with the CALABARZON Regional Task Force ELCAC. (PIA-4A/DOH-CALABARZON)