COLUMBIO (Region 12), Philippines — The Muslim governor of Christian-dominated Sultan Kudarat province in Central Mindanao region made come true on Friday (Nov. 20) the Christmas dreams of hundreds of children in a remote village here.
Columbio is one of Sultan Kudarat’s border towns. It is known in the region because of its “exotic” waterfalls and “beautiful” mountain ranges.
Elenita Saavedra, provincial social welfare and development officer of Sultan Kudarat province, said hundreds of children of Barangay Lasak in this town received their early “Christmas gifts” from Governor Datu Suharto “TENG” Mangudadatu, PhD on Friday afternoon.
Dozens of kids also took part in the “Libre Gupit at Tuli” offered by the participating government agencies. They also enjoyed the foods distributed to them.
Saavedra said the distribution of toys to the children and feeding them is part of the “Serbisyo Caravan,” a program jointly spearheaded by the provincial government, under the leadership of Governor Teng Mangudadatu, and the municipal government of Columbio, headed by Mayor Edwin Bermudez, in Lasak, one of the town’s far-flung barangays.
Heads and representatives of various regional line agencies, like the DPWH, DA, DILG, BFP, also participated in the said ‘Serbisyo Caravan” that aimed to bring the government services and programs closer to the people and to end the communist presence and conflict in insurgency-affected and vulnerable communities.
Saavedra said they brought hundreds of assorted toys for the kids because Governor Teng wants to make them “happy” and to show the governor’s “love” to the children.
“Mahal na mahal ni Governor Teng Mangudadatu ang mga bata. Gusto nito na mapasaya ang mga bata,” said Saavedra who stressed that children’s welfare is also among the priorities of the provincial government of Sultan Kudarat. (RASHID RH. BAJO)