Serbisyo Peace Caravan Benefited IPs In AgNor

Some 2,000 indigenous peoples (IPs) have benefited from the joint "Serbisyo Peace Caravan" of the government agencies in coordination with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP) conducted Friday in Barangay Baleguian, Jabonga, Agusan del Norte.

OPAPP program manager Oliver Binancilan disclosed that the caravan is aimed to provide services to the localities of Jabonga, in culmination of the Peace Month celebration. "Services from government agencies are being brought here for our IP beneficiaries. We have been giving focus on the conflict-affected areas in the region, and after here in Agusan del Norte, similar activity will be conducted in the provinces of Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, and Surigao del Sur," he said.

The said peace caravan is focused on prioritizing the IP communities in the municipalities of Agusan del Norte composed mainly of the Mamanwa and Manobo tribes.

During the whole day activity, jerry cans, buntis kits, seedlings and seeds, nutri curls and baby foods, and school supplies were distributed to the IP beneficiaries. Medical consultations, distribution of cheque incentives for IP beneficiairies of PCPP, and awarding of Certificate of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs) were also conducted at the same venue.

Mayor Jasmin Monton of Jabonga, Agusan del Norte expressed her warm gratitude and thanks to all the government agencies that extended their services to their municipality especially to the IP beneficiaries. She added that there were four barangays in Jabonga that have availed from the caravan. The local government unit has also made sure that the conduct of said activity will turnout successful.

Fr. Carlito Clase, representing the Caraga Conference for Peace and Development bared that they are working with the networking among stakeholders who extend government services in the ground. He added that as advocates for peace they stand by the 'Do No Harm' principle and help in bridging peace to the people.

"We are strongly supporting the activities of the OPAPP and other partners in providing basic services to the localities especially the IPs. Government agencies have been doing their best to reach out to the marginalized sector," stressed Clase.

Also, Datu Raffy Pinao, Mamanwa chieftain of barangay Maraiging, Jabonga, Agusan del Norte underscored that their tribe was able to receive several services from the government agencies. He further expressed his overwhelming thanks to all agencies that extended assistance to them.

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