Governor underscores love, unity in message to EO 70-target community

Gov. Suharto "Teng" Mangudadatu (center) arrives at the Serbisyo Caravan with Mayor Edwin Bermudez (left) and other officials. 

COLUMBIO, Sultan Kudarat, Dec. 7 (PIA) -- Sultan Kudarat Governor Suharto "Teng" Mangudadatu urged residents of Barangay Sucob to maintain their love for each other and their unity to sustain peace and development in their community. 

"Panatillihin ang inyong pagmamahalan at pagkakaisa sapagka't walang ibang magmamahal sa inyong bayan at barangay kundi kayong mga taga-Barangay Sucob," Gov. Mangudadatu told the community during the Serbisyo Caravan on Friday, December 4. 

Said service caravan formally announced the inclusion of the barangay in the Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP), a strategy in the implementation of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's Executive Order No. 70, institutionalizing the whole-of-nation approach to attain inclusive and sustainable peace in conflict-affected communities.

Twelve of 16 barangays in Columbio are targets for the EO 70. 

In his message at the caravan, Gov. Mangudadatu narrated that about 25 years ago, Sucob, along with Barangay Mayo and other nearby villages, was a favorite passageway of New Peoples Army and bandits that led to dire peace and order condition in the area. 

That situation, he noted, improved when the people in the area cooperated with the municipal and provincial governments as well as the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Recently, Sucob has become a favorite tourist destination for its La Palmera Mountain Ridge, which according to reports receives up to 500 visitors a day, opening economic activities for locals.  

Encouraging sustained community support to the peace and development effort of the national government, Mangudadatu emphasized that "President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's objective in issuing EO 70 is to address the needs of each barangay and municipality toward sustaining development.  When our place is peaceful there are better chances for better future because there will be livelihood opportunities and jobs." 

"Aking panawagan sa mga taga-Barangay Sucob at iba pang barangay sa Columbio sana mas lalo nating paigtingin ang suporta sa Gobyerno upang magkaroon pa tayo ng tamang serbisyo para sa ating bayan. 

"Sa lahat naman na opisyal ng barangay sa Probinsiya ng Sultan Kudarat tayo ay magserbisyo para sa barangay, para sa bayan at para sa probinsiya upang madama ng ating mga kababayan na ang tunay na serbisyo ay nakakarating sa kanila," Gov. Mangudadatu said. 

During the serbisyo caravan in Barangay Sucob, 11 farmers receive their respective certificate of land ownership award (CLOA) from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).

As an RCSP-target barangay, Sucob could receive P20 million development support package from the national government in 2021. Sucob can also benefit from projects, programs and activities from concerned regional line agencies and municipal and   provincial government units that, under EO 70, are mandated to respond in a convergent manner to the identified needs of the community as outlined in their Barangay Development Plan. 

Imelda Gandon, punong barangay of Sucob, told Philippine Information Agency that the barangay council in consultation with different sectors, has decided to allot the P20-million support from the national government on farm-to-market road project, construction of additional water system, and construction of a health center. 

During the caravan, the residents of Sucob enjoyed basic services from the municipal and provincial LGUs, regional line agencies and Philippine Army. These services include health insurance, medical and dental checkup with free medicine, circumcision, distribution of land titles and livelihood starter kits, supplemental feeding, family food packs, assorted vegetable seeds, and many others. 

At the event, Gov. Mangudadatu officially turned over the new Sucob Barangay Hall to Columbio Mayor Edwin Bermudez and Punong Barangay Gandon. (DED-PIA XII) 

 



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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