LEGAZPI CITY – Those who have more are burdened with the obligation to share what they have with those who have less.
Moving closer to the shared goal of eliminating poverty as the root of insurgency and social unrest, the Philippine Army through the soldiers of 901st Infantry Brigade in Albay has created a partnership with other agencies of government to bring basic services to constituents who need it most.
The project dubbed Albay Countryside Development Caravan, slated to be launched this July 12, is the brainchild of the leadership of 901st IB Colonel Raul M. Farnacio, expanded further by Albay Governor Joey Salceda.
The Caravan seeks to bring the various offices of the local government of Albay together in one place to cater to the various needs of constituents in conflicted areas or places where there are frequent reports of insurgent activities or influence.
The first leg of the project will be at Alobo Barangay Elementary School in Alobo, Daraga City, Albay which will gather representatives from proponent organizations Office of Civil Defense (OCD) 5 and Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO) beside LGUs and the Army.
It all started with a simple concept of giving immediate assistance to the residents who were displaced from their homes to give way to the construction of Southern Luzon International Airport (SLIA) in Daraga, Albay which widened into a full-blown larger scale of community outreach project.
From simple activities of read-along programs, distribution of school bags and school supplies, t-shirts, slippers, repair of school facilities and info drives by partners and stakeholders from the private sector, particularly Junior Chamber International (JCI) Daraga Chapter and other non-government organizations, it has expanded to include government offices involved in the protection and preservation of lives during natural calamities.