SoCot eyes 8 poor 'sitios' for outreach program

By Frances Kristine Alvero

January 31, 2019, 2:39 pm

GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- The provincial government of South Cotabato is targeting to cover at least eight poor communities for its flagship outreach program in the next two months.  

Jerry Gamo, head of the South Cotabato Barangay Affairs Unit (BAU), said Thursday the preparations are underway for the rollout of weekly outreach activities, which is expected to benefit some 9,000 residents.

Gamo said the outreach activities include free medical and dental consultations and treatment, provision of hygiene kits and medicines, free haircut, circumcision for boys, umbrella and shoe repair, free massage, vaccination of pet animals, and distribution of fruit tree and vegetable seedlings.

The identified areas for the outreach are Sitio Tablu of Barangay Lamdalag, Lake Sebu, Sitio Kule of Barangay Salacafe in Tboli, barangays New Pangasinan and General Paulino Santos in Koronadal City, Barangay Duengas of Surallah, Barangay Kipalbig of Tampakan, Barangay Klinan 6 of Polomolok and Barangay San Vicente of Sto. Niño.

“These sitios and barangays were identified as priorities based on an earlier mapping that we conducted,” Gamo said, adding they will also conduct supplementary feeding to schoolchildren and distribute food packs to residents.

The official said the provincial government has allotted an initial PHP4 million for the outreach activities this year.

The outreach program, dubbed “Gugma kag Serbisyo para sa Katawhan”, is a regular initiative of the local government that aims to provide the basic needs of residents in poor and far-flung communities in the area.

It seeks to inform communities of the different services of the government, reduce the prevalence of preventable or communicable diseases in localities, and address issues of the communities through dialogues.

It is supported by the medical team of the Army’s 27th Infantry Battalion and various non-government organizations. (PNA)