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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, May 20, 2020
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with Cecile Genove

Services at one’s doorstep

Orient Express

Social problems beset any nation. Depending on how people respond to these, poverty and the lack of employment and livelihood often stare us straight in the eye. If government does its share, these shortcomings can be alleviated.

In Negros Oriental, a series of programs was started a few months ago, which has extended until today – indeed, a timely development considering the current situation besetting us worldwide.

Called “Dagyawan sa Barangay: Talakayan at Serbisyo Katuwang ang Barangay Development Councils at Mamamayan” was held at the municipal gymnasium in Siaton, Negros Oriental spearheaded by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), among other government agencies.

This is in response to the concerns of poverty reduction, livelihood, and employment, which is the arm of Executive Order No. 70 series of 2018 for which identified government agencies have been directed to implement. The recipient barangays in Siaton, Negros Oriental are Poblacion 1, Poblacion 2, Poblacion 3, Poblacion 4, Mantuyop, Tayak, Giligaon, Bonawon, Sumaliring, and Salag.

Barangay Tayak, for one, is a 16-km. travel from Siaton town proper and participating national government agencies and their staff were transported, too, to the venue.

A few months before the pandemic, body massage and facial care services were administered to residents. Other services done were wellness massage to 18 clients, nail care to 25 clients, and haircut to 28 clients. Present at the barangay were Beth Aimee Tubog, Ma. Evelyn Tuisa, and Ariel Sojor.

During the public consultations, Barangay Tayak identified food processing, dressmaking, and tailoring as their major preference in case they get the chance to be provided with free training from TESDA.

Other participating national government agencies are the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Social Security System (SSS), Philippine Health Insurance (PhilHealth), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and the Department of Energy (DOE).*

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