The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), in partnership with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) led the launching a caravan aimed to promote the Duterte’s administration accomplishments for all seventeen (17) regions nationwide.
With the theme: Barangayanihan Caravan Towards National Recovery, the regional launching was done at Brgy. X-Estado, Victorias City, Negros Occidental on September 30, 2021.
The Department of Environment Natural Resources (DENR)in Region 6 supports the campaign and was attended by DENR 6 Regional Executive Director Livino B. Duran and delivered a message in behalf of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu as the Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS). With him are Assistant Regional Director for Special Concerns Ivene Reyes and Provincial ENR Officer Egdardo M. Rostata.
In his message RED Duran emphasized the very essence of this activity and that is to highlight the success of the government in bringing real change to the lives of the Filipino people in terms of poverty reduction, infrastructures, and peace and order. Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict is considered as one of the major thrusts of this government, thus, Executive Order (EO) 70 was issued pushing for a whole of nation approach with all line agencies and mechanisms of the government to work and act as one.
As of 2019 data of National Task Force-End Local Communists Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), seventy-four (74) barangayas in the region were identified as cleared and considered as Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP) barangays that qualified and availed of the Local Government Support Fund – Support to Barangay Development Program (LGSF-SBDP) intended for the realization of the conflict-free barangays’ plans and programs amounting to 20-M pesos each or a total of Php 1.48-Billion worth of programs and projects.
RED Duran likewise underscored the “big tickets” the government are providing and sustaining to uplift the lives of the people of Western Visayas.
He made mention of the following projects at the local level: solar energy in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental, considered as the biggest in the whole of SE Asia; wind energy in the provinces of Guimaras and Aklan and the hydropower project in Antique, Iloilo and Aklan. These are also considered as sources of renewable energy.
He also highlighted the Jalaur River Irrigation Project in Calinog, Iloilo and the proposed Panay River Irrigation Project in Capiz. The bridge soon the link the island of Panay to Guimaras and Negros Island hopefully will follow. This will shorten the travel time from Iloilo to Negros Island passing thru Guimaras. The clean-up and rehabilitation of Boracay Island after it was tagged as “cesspool” by no less than the President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu as CORDS was tapped to lead the challenge of bringing back the lost glory of the island and he did it exemplarily. Boracay Island is earning billions of pesos in revenues just like what the whole province of Aklan is earning for the same period.
On National Greening Program (NGP), a total of 3,467 hectares of bamboo plantations were established benefiting hundreds of members of PO families.
Distribution of food packs, conduct of medical mission and different serbisyo caravan of National Government Agencies, which benefited about 200 residents of the said barangay highlighted the activity.