Davao City  -“We are set to release a total of P38,568,983-worth of services and programs on Friday for the 17th leg of the ARENA XI Serbisyo Caravan slated in Barangay Ngan, Compostela town,” said Director Priscilla N. Razon of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Among the Department’s programs are Sustainable Livelihood, Social Pension, Pantawid Pamilya and Kalahi-CIDSS.

“We will also handover 5600 family food packs, educational supplies, and assistive devices such as wheelchairs and crutches,” Director Razon said.

Through the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, DSWD will implement Cash-For-Work for beneficiaries of Modified Conditional Cash Transfer in the barangay, Director Razon said.

Moreover, the 17 Kalahi-CIDSS sub-projects being implemented in the town include community activity centers, double-barrel box culvert, 3-classroom high school buildings, 2-classroom elementary school buildings, potable water system, and a multi-purpose building, she added.

ARENA XI or Association of Regional Executives of National Agencies in Region XI is composed of heads and assistant heads of regional offices of national government agencies based in Davao City.  It was organized sometime in 1978.

ARENA XI has been actively involved in the delivery of basic government services in depressed communities in South Eastern Mindanao through its “Serbisyo Caravan” project, reaching out to as far as the municipalities of Boston in Davao Oriental, Don Marcelino and Sarangani in Davao Occidental, Kapalong in Davao del Norte, Paquibato District in Davao City, Maco in Compostela Valley, and recently in Talaingod, Davao Del Norte which was attended by Cabinet Secretaries.

The group likewise initiated the inter-agency quarterly flag raising ceremony at People’s Park, conduct of quarterly lecture series, and annual sports festival. (DSWD)