The Provincial Government of Cavite, thru the leadership of Governor Jonvic Remulla, in collaboration with the Department of the Interior and Local Government headed by OIC Provincial Director Eloisa Rozul, conducted a free basic services caravan on November 4, 2019 at Barangay Sta. Mercedes Multi-purpose hall and open grounds.

Updates from the peace and order and anti-drug abuse council meeting last September 26, 2019 facilitated by the Provincial Planning and Development Office gave emphasis on sustaining the delivery basic services in vulnerable areas to thwart the infiltration of terrorist armed groups. This gave way to the pooling of initiative and resources of various agencies for the delivery of services to affected families living in the identified geographically disadvantaged communities.

Maragondon Mayor Reynaldo Rillo who has been lauded by DILG for his proactive stance towards issues of infiltration by undesirable groups to vulnerable communities in Barangay Patungan and Pinagsanhan, made his rounds to constituents during the caravan. Mayor Rillo expressed his appreciation to Governor Remulla for the nonstop support and took the opportunity to thank all the volunteers who contributed to the success of the outreach program.

Medical, dental and technical volunteers from the Provincial Health Office (PHO) and the Philippine Medical Association-Cavite Chapter carried out health programs including consultation, tooth extraction, family planning, immunization and awareness campaign on dengue, non-communicable diseases and proper nutrition.

The BJMP Calabarzon Health Services Division headed by CINSP Edna Leonor donated medicines while some of their officers and those of the PNP offered free haircut and performed dental extraction.

Aside from the free healthcare services, giveaways such as slippers and backpacks from the Office of the Provincial Governor, emergency kits from the Provincial Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO), and bath towels from DILG provided so much joy especially to the children. Some residents indulged in the free-of-charge beauty and wellness services offered by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) such as manicure, pedicure, hair-cut and massage therapy.

Among other services that were highly appreciated by more than 700 locals were: assistance from the Municipal Civil Registrar for PSA documents application; seeds/seedlings distribution by the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA); anti-rabies vaccination by the Office of the Provincial Veterinarian; livelihood training (dishwashing and liquid soap-making) and the feeding program from the Provincial Cooperative, Livelihood and Entrepreneurial Development Office (PCLEDO), DTI-Cavite and  Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO); Philhealth Membership/Enrolment; and the advocacy program for teenagers by the Provincial Population Office.

Over-all coordination for the simultaneous conduct of activities was led by the OPG-Extension Medical and Dental Mission Team headed by Ms. Maribel Bernal together with PGC department heads of partner offices. Ms. Bernal, along with doctors from PHO led the donation of some supplies of medicines to the Punong Barangay of Pinagsanhan.

Other volunteers in attendance were personnel from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) with their Drug Abuse Prevention and Education (DAPE) comics to help raise the public’s awareness on the harmful effects of illegal drugs and how to prevent their abuse through images combined with texts.