Official Publication of the Philippine Information Agency Bicol Regional Office, in cooperation with the RIAC-REDIRAS - RDC Bicol

Monday, May 30, 2016

TACDEC brings programs, services to village residents of Rapu-rapu island in Albay

By Julius Embile

LEGAZPI CITY, May 30 (PIA) – Armed with the drive to provide assistance to their fellow Albayanos in Rapu-rapu Island, heads and representatives of several national and provincial government line offices plus a couple of private entities combined their efforts on Thursday, May 26, for the Team Albay Countryside Development Caravan  or TACDEC.

This summer, TACDEC has extended information services and humanitarian care to hundreds of village residents from 15 barangays of the island town of Rapurapu which many locals lack access to crucial services due to distance from the mainland.

For the TACDEC out-reach held in Rapu-rapu, medical and dental services, including consultation, check ups with free medicines, were provided by the services providers fro the Provincial Health Office (PHO), Department of Health (DOH) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

The same team has facilitated blood pressure screening, sugar and cholesterol tests, eye screening, among others, which many took advantage for they seldom while some none at all availed of similar services for a long time.

The Dios Mabalos Po Foundation, a philanthropic non-profit organization, aslo distributed nutrient packs for under-weight newborns and mothers. The foundation also distributed up to twenty correctional glasses to the visually impaired residents of the island.

In the TACDEC, the Commission on Population (PoCom), in partnership with the Team Albay Youth Organization (TAYO), brought the ‘U2U Teen Trail’ to Rapu-rapu to educate the youth on the implications of pre-marital sex and to counter teen pregnancy.

Civic consultation services were also offered during the TACDEC.

Representatives of PhilHealth-Albay were present on the activity to ensure that the people are aware of their medical coverage as PhilHealth members.

 “Through extensive campaigns, 99% of Rapu-rapu residents are now PhilHealth members and they should know their benefits,” said Bibs Mediana of PhilHealth-Bicol, during the TACDEC.

"We intend to continuously inform and empower members in far-flung areas about their rights and responsibilities under the National Health Insurance Program," Mediana added.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) also joined and contributed by providing consultation on land ownership. Albay’s Office of Civil Defense (OCD) was also present on the activity and distributed materials campaigning disaster risk reduction.

Agricultural and livelihood assistance were also given focus on the TACDEC. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) conducted a Livelihood Skills Training and Demonstration of processed food manufacture. The Provincial Agricultural Services Office of Albay also contributed by distributing pili and cacao seedlings to the locals to reinforce their sources of income.

Veterinary services, including artificial insemination of farm animals and pets, were also offered as the Provincial Veterinary Services of Albay was also present.

Civil Security and Rescue Training were also promoted in the caravan, with the unified efforts of the AFP, Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), and Philippine National Police. (PNP).

Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Albay provincial office meanwhile spearheaded the hour-long information dissemination campaign that enabled locales interact and raise the concerns with the participating government agencies and private organizations.

TACDEC is a joint out-reach activity of the government and private organizations in the Albay province, providing a venue for different sectors of stakeholders to cater services and information to the grassroots.

Adequate and necessary information and services on health, education, livelihood, and vital economic programs are provided for the most vulnerable populations.

TACDEC underscores linkages with local government units and national government agencies, and the involvement of civic organizations and other stakeholders working together towards peace and development.

TACDEC is a brainchild of Albay Governor Joey Sarte Salceda created through EO 2013-09-A as a strategy to effectively and efficiently provide basic services to the most far- flung areas in Albay.

"Albay must not only be safe for tourists, for traders, Albay must be safe for its own people. Development should proceed in the middle of all the risks. Your highest rights, my highest duties,” stated Salceda as he steered Team Albay Countryside Development Caravan in full throttle, delivering the most complete programs, services and initiatives for the people of the province.  (MAL/JBE-PIA5/Albay)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/3301464332810/tacdec-brings-programs-services-to-village-residents-of-rapu-rapu-island-in-albay#sthash.VcPf1E4u.dpuf

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