The Regional Information and Advocacy Committee (RIAC) of the Regional Development Council 5 conducted an information and services caravan on May 27 to 28 in Presentacion, Camarines Sur.
The caravan aimed to bring the government agencies closer to the people of a remote and poor municipality in the region. It is because of its remoteness and high poverty incidence that the municipality of Presentation was selected by the RIAC for the information and services caravan.
The caravan started with an opening program held in the afternoon of May 27 at the municipal covered court in the town proper. Camarines Sur Fourth District Representative Felix William Fuentebella, DILG Region 5 OIC Regional Director Elouisa T. Pastor, Mayor Jimmy Deleña, and local officials gave opening messages. NEDA Region 5 OIC Assistant Regional Director Edna Cynthia Berces introduced the Bicol RDP through an audio-visual presentation.
On the second day, 18 participating government agencies provided information materials and services to about 3,000 beneficiaries in the municipality. Medical and dental services were offered by Philippine Army and PNP while the supplies were provided by DOH. Local civil registration and recruitment for 2015 POPCEN were extended by Philippine Statistics Authority. Maternal health services and Operation Timbang were offered by DOH and NNC, respectively. Awarding of tools from TESDA and DA were also given to selected beneficiaries. Orientations on livelihood programs were conducted by DOLE. Consultations on scholarship programs of CHED, DOST and TESDA were undertaken. Philippine Army also offered free haircut, massage, repair of appliances, umbrella and shoes. Other services include teen counseling (POPCOM), consultation on the grievances on 4Ps issues (DSWD), welfare services to OFWs (OWWA), consultation on housing programs (HUDCC), distribution of agricultural implements (DA), environmental protection briefing (DENR), consultation on K to 12 program (DepEd), technical assistance on BUB and Governance Clinic (DILG), detection of fake currency notes (BSP), consultation on road programs (DPWH), and consultation on the registration of motored bancas (MARINA).
By bringing free information and services to the people, the RIAC hoped to enhance public awareness of government agency programs, activities and projects (PAPs) that will help contribute to the attainment of the outcomes of the Bicol Regional Development Plan (RDP).
The RIAC is a special committee created by the RDC to advocate the Bicol RDP and enhance public awareness of government agency PAPs. It is composed of designated representatives of regional agency-members of the RDC, with the regional directors of the Philippine Information Agency and NEDA as chair and vice-chair, respectively. The NEDA regional office serves as its secretariat.