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Thursday, August 18, 2022

ADSPPO in partnership with MinDA initiates ocular inspection in Bunawan town

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur – To give light and hope to the Indigenous Peoples (IP) community of Sitio Dinagat, San Marcos in the Local Government Unit of Bunawan, Agusan del Sur, the personnel of Agusan del Sur Police Provincial Office (ADSPPO) headed by Police Colonel Jovito C Canlapan, Acting Provincial Director, conducted an ocular inspection on August 5 to determine the necessary projects to be established at the aforesaid area.

The said activity was a joint effort together with the Philippine National Police (PNP) Press Corps led by Mr. Richard Grande, in partnership with Mindanao Development Authority (MinDa) headed by Secretary Maria Belen “Mabel” Sunga Acosta, chairperson represented by Mr. Argie Leparto, Chief of Planning and Research Division (PRD), and Engr. Emelian Lawansa, Chief of Area Management Office – Northeastern Mindanao (ARO-NEM). 

The said visitation started with an Opening Prayer by Hon. BasaƱo Lacasa, Purok Chairman, followed by Words of Welcome by Hon. Raymundo Luna, Brgy. Kagawad, and Statement of Purpose by Engr. Lawasan and Mr. Leparto. 

Select students of Panaghiusa Alang Sa Kaugalingnan ug Kalingkawasan, Inc. (PASAKK) Indigenous Peoples School also rendered a Manobo dance in their ethnic Manobo attire, which is a clear manifestation of their rich culture preservation that killed the delight of the audience.

Leaving no space for errors, the inspecting team from Davao City initiated the Open Forum to hear some of the long-time predicaments of the local residents aside from the availability of potable water that needs to be addressed appropriately. It was then revealed that one of their major concerns is the lack of teachers in their locality for the young learners who need an hour of travel via motorized boat to reach San Marcos on a daily basis.

To further realize the possible intervention to be made, the visiting team together with AgSur Cops conducted way forward conference at Bunawan Municipal Police Station, where they tackled about the findings of their visitation coupled with two proposals: (1) to establish potable water (installation of water-purifying technology and water-line connection from San Marcos to Sitio Dinagat) and (2) a feasible solution to the educational needs of the PASAKK IP School.

“In behalf of ADSPPO, I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to MinDA for being with us today despite the distance of the agency. This ocular visitation will be a stepping stone to finally uplift the way of living of our less fortunate brothers and sisters of Sitio Dinagat,” PCol Canlapan said.

This is in line with the Community Perspective of the PNP P.A.T.R.O.L Plan 2030 under the Objective of A safer place to live, work, and do business with in relation to the Transformation Program of the Organization. (ADSPPO/ PIA-Agusan del Sur)