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ELCAC reaches out to upland villages in Antique

SAN JOSE, Antique (PIA) -- Residents of nine hard-to-reach barangays in the town of San Remigio, some 40 kilometers away from Antique's capital town of San Jose de Buenavista, benefited from a medical mission and services caravan organized by the Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC)

Provincial health Officer I doctor Leoncio Q. Abiera, Jr. leads the team of health workers and volunteers conducting a medical-dental mission and circumision in Barangay Sumaray, San Remigio, Antique during the Provincial Task Force ELCAC Caravan of Services held recently. *(PIA Antique photo)

About 1000 residents from the villages of Sumaray, Panpanan I, Panpanan II, Walker, Lumpatan, Orquia, Insubuan, Lapak, and Rizal gather as various government services through the Local Peace Engagement-Caravan of Services (LPE-COS) reached their area.

The caravan afforded them the chance to consult a doctor or dentist, while the male children availed of free circumcision.

Other residents received gift pack as 

they interacted with the representatives of different government agencies during the information caravan or Hinun-anon held simultaneously with the event.

San Remigio Mayor Margarito C. Mission, Jr. expressed gratitude to Gov. Rhodora J. Cadiao who leads the PTF-ELCAC for facilitating the first-ever local peace engagement caravan of services to these communities.

“Maybe some of the residents have this medical and dental mission as their first chance to be examined by the doctor since they’ve got a hard time reaching the rural health unit which is more than a half-day walk from their residence,” Mission said.

Mayor Margarito C. Mission, Jr. express gratitude to the government for bringing various services to the upland areas of San Remigio. *(PIA Antique photo)
Cousins Sammy Florentino and Viola Cordero share appreciation for the services they both avail during the local peace engagement and caravan of services held in Barangay Sumaray, San Remigio. *(PIA Antique photo)

Cousins Sammy Florentino and Viola Cordero, both in their 70s,  walked four hours from Barangay Walker to avail of free medical consultations, medicines, and supplements distributed during the event.

Another beneficiary, Sweet Rose Calmacio, Punong Barangay of Orquia, shared the same appreciation to the members of PTF-ELCAC for the food packs, and gifts they have availed.

To her, it was “a rare opportunity” to gather upland villagers so they could have access to government services.

Some private companies, individuals, and government agencies also donated foodstuff, preloved clothes, footwear, school supplies, toys for children, water containers, and food packs, among other essential items for the people in the community.

Mission also conveyed appreciation for the four consecutive years that the caravan of services was conducted in various locations in San Remigio, in which all the venues are hinterland barangays to give special attention to the people who can hardly avail of government assistance as they are geographically challenged.

“In my four-year stint as a mayor, we also have four caravans of services conducted: Barangay Osorio, San Rafael, Sinundulan, and Sumaray, a manifestation that the government agencies and local government units are working hard to reach the underserved,” he added.

The town of San Remigio is a 3rd class municipality, composed of 45 barangays with 70 percent of the land area being uplands and the remaining 30 percent comprising the flat lowlands and rolling hills.

Mission assured his constituents that under his leadership, more roads would 

Water containers are among the various gift items donated by private individuals, and organizations, distributed during the caravan of services in barangay Sumaray, San Remigio, Antique. *(PIA Antique photo)
Peace and Order and Public Safety consultant anf PTF ELCAC lead convenor Margie L. Gadian facilitates the distribution of gifts to the recipients of the nine barangays of San Remigio. *(PIA Antique photo)

be opened to connect the hinterlands to allow farmers to deliver their farm produce to the market.

He added that this would ease and give way for more government services to the geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas.

The road connecting barangay Sumaray to other upland villages was only opened this year, bringing in more government services to this event.

The mayor is optimistic that insurgency problems in the uplands will soon be eradicated with people having access to government services.

Peace and Order and Public Safety consultant Margie L. Gadian, in her message during the Hinun-anon, echoed the governor’s commitment to sustain this initiative yearly to reach more people in far-flung areas.

Though far from the Poblacion, Gadian lauded the commitment of the local officials to support the government in making the caravan of services a success. (AGP/PSM/PIA Antique)

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