By People's Caravan News Team
Posted on July 26, 2015
Cagayan State University, with CSU-Gonzaga as the lead Campus, and in partnership with the Local Government Unit of Sta. Ana and 18 other national government agencies, launched its Extension Program dubbed as People’s Caravan: Operation Blessing at Sta. Ana, Cagayan on June 19, 2015.
The program was initiated under the One College, One Municipality program of the University where each Campus is tasked to act as liaison of the municipality under its service area in bringing government services to the people.
Sta. Ana was chosen as the pilot municipality of the People’s Caravan under the leadership of Dr. Florante Victor M. Balatico, campus executive officer of CSU-Gonzaga.
Prior to the launching of the program, a series of consultative meetings and assessment were conducted between the University through Dr. Balatico and the Local Government Unit of Sta. Ana through Mr. Gaylord Ibus, private secretary to the Mayor, and Dr. Corazon R. Bilbao, municipal health officer, to determine what services were needed by the community and how the University could facilitate the delivery of services to the people.
“Layunin ng programang ito na dalhin sa komunidad ang serbisyo ng bawat ahensiya ng gobyerno at ipaalam ang mga nagawa at gagawin pa ng mga ahensiya sa Region 02,” said Dr. Romeo R. Quilang, university president, in his message during the opening program. “Handa po kaming tumulong at magbahagi ng kung ano mang meron kami upang malaman ninyo na mayroong ahensiyang handang tumulong sa inyo,” he continued.
Each of the partner agencies gave free services and consultation to the residents of the municipality among which were free medical and dental services by the CSU College of Medicine and Surgery with the assistance of the 502nd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army (PA) Medical Team and the Department of Health (DOH), fingerlings dispersal and training assistance by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to the Fisherfolk’s Associations in Sta. Ana, and distribution of seeds and seedlings, and soil analysis by the Department of Agriculture (DA). The Order of the Amaranth, a non-government organization also gave free blood screening services to some diabetic patients.
Meanwhile, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) conducted an information education campaign to raise awareness on the services offered by their respective agencies.
Heads of the partner agencies signed a Memorandum of Agreement in the presence of the community in support to the program which will cover 29 municipalities in the province.
The launching of the People’s Caravan: Operation Blessing in Sta. Ana materialized through the concerted effort of the Cagayan State University, Department of Agriculture, Department of Agrarian Reform, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Department of Health, Department of Science and Technology, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Interior and Local Government, Police Regional Office 02, Cagayan Police Provincial Office, PNP Sta. Ana, Philippine Army, and the Commission on Higher Education together with a Non-Government Organization (NGO), the Order of the Amaranth.
In his speech, Mayor Darwin Tobias thanked the Cagayan State University and its partner agencies for bringing their services to the municipality. “This is a great opportunity; we should take advantage of it,” Tobias told his constituents in his message.
The program primarily aimed at promoting the banner programs of the different campuses of the University while bringing the government services directly to the people.