ALABEL, Sarangani, April 28 (PIA)—Town Mayor Vic Paul Salarda presented the milestone of the “Serbisyong Smile” program of the local government during his Network Briefing interview with Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Jusan Vincent “JV” Arcena on Wednesday.
Salarda specifically shared last Tuesday’s ceremonial raising of the Philippine flag and the singing of the national anthem at Sitio Basac, Barangay Datal Anggas here which was once considered as the “hotbed” of the communist terrorist group, New People’s Army (NPA).
“Yung watawat doon nagsisimbolo na may gobyerno na tutulong sa kanila nang sa ganun po ay di nila makalimotan na hanggang nandoon nakatayo ang watawat mag remind sa kanila doon sa community na nandyan ang ating gobyerno na kasama nila sa kanilang pamumuhay,” he said.
Serbisyong Smile is the initiative of the local government to bring its different services directly to the people with concepts similar to that in the Executive Order No. 70 of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte or the Whole of Nation Approach to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC), said Municipal Information Officer Christian Jay Laya, in a separate interview by the Philippine Information Agency.
“Wala pa pong EO 70 meron na pong Serbisyong Smile sa Barangay dahil 2016 pa po yan nagsimula,” he said.
Laya said various agencies of the local and national government gathered together last Tuesday at Sitio Basac to offer their programs and services to the community.
“May libreng kasal; medical consultation; distribution of seeds, pesticides, fertilizers, tree seedlings, farm tools; may mga IEC from the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, at Armed Forces of the Philippines.”
According to Laya, during the event, Mayor Salarda has shared programs on the development of agriculture, healthcare, conservation of natural resources, strengthening of peace and security, the training of more “Bagani” or war leaders, access to programs of the national government, infrastructure development, installation of water system, road repair, and road opening activities, among others.
Meanwhile, Salarda expressed gratitude to the former rebels who were given livelihood and training to become “Bagani” and defenders of their own community.
The mayor also underscored the contribution of the national government particularly the agencies behind the Regional Task Force-ELCAC in bringing communities back from the shadow government to the folds of law like what happened to Sitio Basac.
“Na address na po natin yung mga gaps doon, nabigyan natin sila ng maayos na daan, mga services. Talagang ayaw na nilang pumanig doon sa NPA, so yun po nagpapasalamat tayo halos ang mga surrenderees natin kinuha natin sila bilang mga Bagani na sila ang defender sa community nila base sa kanilang tribe at tradition,” he said. (PGFruylan/PIA SArGen)