Regional Director Atty. Joffrey Suyao of the DOLE Regional Office No. 11 yesterday reported to Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz the successful conduct by the regional office of the quarterly Serbisyo Caravan participated in by national government agencies in the region belonging to the Association of Regional Executives of National Agencies (ARENA XI) and spearheaded by the DOLE.


“An estimated 3,000 individuals participated in the Serbisyo Caravan held in Talaingod, Davao del Norte,” Regional Director Suyao said, who is the elected auditor of the ARENA XI.


He said most of the beneficiaries of the Serbisyo Caravan were indigenous peoples belonging to the Ata-Manobo Tribe.


Suyao said the DOLE regional office brought to the Serbisyo Caravan the services of the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) and delivered a grant of P240,530 in livelihood assistance to the farm inputs trading enterprise of the Ata-Manobo Tribal Council.


“A total of 27 members of the council will benefit from the grant assistance for the project which will cost P491,830,” Suyao said.


The DOLE regional office further awarded a grant of P286,600 to the consumer store at the Brgy. Sto. Niño public market of the 30-member Association of Concerned Citizens of Talaingod, who have put up P364,400 as capital for the store. Most of the association’s members are informal sector workers.


He further reported that while in Talaingod, the DOLE regional office disbursed P1.8 million in salaries and wages of 329 informal workers engaged for a tree-planting project in support of the National Greening Program of the government. The 329 workers come from the town’s three barangays, Brgys. Palma Gil (106 workers); Dagohoy (77); and Sto.Niño (146).


On a makeshift platform of an Elf truck, Dir. Suyao awarded the P1.8-M check, representing the emergency employment program daily minimum wage of P317, and the DILEEP assistance for the consumer store and the farm input trading projects to the beneficiaries and Talaingod Mayor Basilio Libayao.


Talaingod is one of Davao del Norte’s farthest towns and has a population of 25,566. The town has a land area of 656.80 sq km., mostly mountainous agricultural land planted to corn, cassava, coffee and vegetables. It is home to IP tribe Ata-Manobo with a small portion of the member of the Mandaya tribe.


The Serbisyo Caravan was attended by no less than DSWD Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman, Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario, Talaingod Mayor Basilio Libayao, and ARENA XI representative-members led by DPWH Regional Director Mariano Alquiza.


On the part of the DOLE, Director Suyao was accompanied by Assistant Regional Director Jason P. Balais,TSSD Chief Neil Allan R. Baban, DILEEP regional focal persons Antonia G. Zambrana and Rodrigo O. Roble, communications officer Sherwin B. Manual, Davao Del Norte Field Office Chief Erlinda G. Mamitag, and field office staff Lym Onggoy, Jean Huevos ,Lorraine Grace Ugsang, Victor Sicam and two interns.


Other agencies and partner private agencies who participated at the Serbisyo Caravan werethe regional offices of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP), Civil Service Commission (CSC), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Education (DepEd), Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).


The other offices that participated are the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR),Philippine Science High School, Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Office of the Presidential Assistant on the Peace Process (OPAPP), Department of Health/ Provincial Health Office/ Municipal Health Office, Public Attorney’s Office (PAO), PhilHealthTagum, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Philippine Postal Corporation (PhilPost), 10th Inf. Div. of the Philippine Army, Provincial Government of Davao del Norte, Municipal Government of Talaingod, Alpha Phi Omega Davao City Chapter, Mason Plumb and Level Chapter Club Region XI Chapter, and Tagum Cooperative.


Any question about this release? Contact the DOLE Regional Office No. 11 at the 4/F Davao Ching Printers Inc. (DCPI) Bldg., Dacudao Ave. corner Lakandula St., Agdao, Davao City at Tel. Nos. (082)227-4289; 227-3157; 226-2481; Fax 226-2671, or e-mail [email protected] Also visit


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