Three barangays in Bato, Camarines Sur became beneficiaries of the Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP), better known as Barangayan 2021 in the Bicol Region, a joint undertaking of government agencies and the private sector.
Last July 22, Lt. Col. Benjamin Tapnio, Commanding Officer ng 49th Infantry Battalion (49IB) led a service caravan confluencing with a stakeholders meeting in Barangays San Juan, Sagrada at Cawacagan.
Tapnio said the military is always available to bridge representatives of different government agencies in collaboration with Department of the Interior and Local Government and private foundations and NGOs to bring basic services as close to the people as possible.
“Mananatiling buo ang suporta ng kasundaluhan sa ganitong mga programa dahil malaking tulong ito upang tuluyang mawalan ng lugar ang mga komunistang terorista sa mga komunidad. Maliban dito, mas madaling naipaparating sa atin ng mga residente ang kanilang mga pangangailangan kung kaya madali ring nasosolusyonan,” ani Lt. Col. Tapnio.
Meanwhile in two other locations in Catanduanes province, Barangayan celebrations took the form of improvement of educational facilities while face-to-face learning is not yet available.
In the town of Panganiban, Catanduanes, for instance, a school building for Mabini Elementary School was inaugurated last July 22, after being rehabilitated by the GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc (GMAKFI) hand-in-glove with the 9th Infantry (SPEAR) Division.
In Virac, a brand new building was built with three classrooms for the Palta Elementary School, after being damaged by typhoons last year.
Ang naturang gusali ay mayroong tatlong silid-aralan na naapektuhan nang tumama ang tatlong sunod-sunod na bagyo noong nakaraang taon.
Col. Jaime Abawag Jr., Brigade Commander ng 902nd Infantry Brigade who represented MajGen Henry Robinson PA, Commander ng 9ID , thanked the Kapuso Foundation for their tireless contributions for the Bicolano youth.
Abawag also conveyed Robinson’s message that the Bicol Army will continue to be a partner of the local government units in making sure programs and projects reach the grassroots, saying “Bagama’t marami na tayong nakamit na tagumpay mula nang mas paigtingin natin ang ating kampanya para sa mas mapayapa at maunlad na Bicolandia, hindi pa rin tayo titigil sa ating mga adhikain. “