Reaching out to the farthest, remotest barangays pays off

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Created on Monday, 05 April 2021 Published Date

Bridging the gap between people in far–flung areas and government projects is one of the many goals of the Department of Agriculture as far as delivery of services to the countryside is concerned.  By doing this, the agriculture department’s effort to support disadvantaged farmers strengthens the latter’s resolve to engage in livelihood through its various programs/projects. In Samar, DA–SAAD PPMSO Team tries its best to embody the agency’s goals and aspirations under the Egg Layer and Meat Production Projects.

Going to the area is a big challenge for the team because the recipient association is located 25 km. away from Poblacion Calbiga.  It is considered the farthest, among the remotest barangays.  To reach the place, the first 13 km. is accessed by motorcycle transport, locally known as habal–habal, and the remaining 12 km. is not yet passable by any vehicle, hence, one has to walk to get there.The Hindang Farmers Association of Barangay Hindang, Calbiga, Samar is one of the beneficiaries of this project.  It received a total of 110 heads ready–to–lay native chicken on the 21st of October 2020.  Prior to this, the association already received partial supplies of drugs, biologics, and 20 bags layer feeds.

The delivery of inputs was made possible with the assistance of the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist, through AT Ma. Irlyn S. Marabe, in coordination with the 46IB, 8ID Bravo Company, based in Brgy. Polangi, Calbiga, Samar, under the leadership of CO 1st Lieutenant Reyzander K. Ga and CMO Sgt. Reyjargon L. Soreño.

All efforts and hardship in going to Brgy. Hindang paid off with the warm reception of the association members.  The team was told that the Department of Agriculture, through SAAD Program, is the very first government agency to provide assistance to the community, notwithstanding the distance and difficulty in reaching the place.

Like millions of Filipinos, the community has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.  In Brgy. Hindang where most of the residents are subsistence farmers, staying at home and social distancing are not viable.  They just have to keep on working, despite the danger, otherwise they would starve.  In the rural and poor parts of the locality, many have taken a fatalistic approach to the pandemic because they consider the cure worse than the disease.  Should the virus gain a foothold in the area, it could spread fast.

Similar to many other places in the Philippines, the repercussions of the health crisis are disastrous for most of the local population.  Even before the crisis, poverty has been endemic since it is one of the areas hardly reached by government assistance.

Hence, seeing the eyes of the recipients gleaming with hope and joy was what made the project implementors persistent and dedicated, not only because it is a job to be done, but it is a commitment to reach out to those who, beyond doubt, need help and assistance from the government.  Listening to them say that they are truly grateful and elated to know that they are not left behind and not denied access to government projects and initiatives was enough for the team to keep moving.  It warmed everyone’s heart and lightened the workload. ### Jocelyn G. Torres, Area Coordinator II, PPMSO–Samar


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