In Northern Samar

KAUSWAGAN CARAVAN.About 1,961 residents from the six barangays of Batag Island in Laoang, Northern Samar availed of various services offered during the Kauswagan Caravan spearheaded by Gov. Edwin Ongchuan.

TACLOBAN CITY – The provincial government of Northern Samar successfully held its 23rd Kauswagan Caravan in Laoang on Tuesday (April 23) with Governor Edwin Ongchuan leading the team from the government offices and their partners from non-government organizations and private groups.

About 1,961 families from the villages of Napotiocan, Cabadiangan, Marubay, Candawid, Tan-awan, and Pangdan, all located on Batag Island received various services from the participating offices and agencies.

The services offered ranged from medical, dental and veterinary services, circumcision, legal counselling, haircut, and other basic services, to the giving of food packs, toys, seedlings, vegetable seeds, veterinary medicines, dental kits, school supplies, and other commodities.

Napotiocan village chairman, Annabelle Delmoro, said that the activity on their village was ‘memorable’ for the residents of Batag Island.

“This is very memorable for us, residents of Batag Island as this is the very first time that the caravan was held here who benefited from the different services offered by our provincial government and its partners without going to Catarman,” she said.

During the caravan, Gov. Ongchuan committed to connect Brgy. Tan-awan to the rest of the island through the construction of a 1.7-kilometer road that will complete the Batag Island circumferential road.

The governor said that the provincial government is committed to providing continued vital and responsive efforts for the benefit of Nortehanons, especially those who are in far-flung areas.

Along with the Kauswagan Caravan, are other initiatives such as the construction of evacuation centers, school classrooms, and road repair and maintenance coupled with the installation of street or solar lights.

The governor added that the provincial government is in the works for the development of alternative energy resources such as the proposed tidal power project, the first tidal power in the Philippines at Capul, which will be replicated in other islands, such as Batag, if successful.

Joining Gov. Ongchuan during the caravan were Rep. Harris Ongchuan (2nd district), Vice Gov. Clarence Dato, board members, among others.