Far-flung Mandaya village gets solar powered lights
DAVAO ORIENTAL, July 28 (PIA) – The provincial government of Davao Oriental and its security sector partners recently brought solar-powered street lights and other supplies to the Mandaya community in Sitio Butay, Barangay Pichon, Municipality of Caraga on Wednesday, July 22.
On top of these, they also delivered 120 solar flashlights, 350 pairs of slippers, 12 boxes of noodles, 520 pieces of face mask, and 3 units of solar radios courtesy of the Philippine National Police.
Provincial Administrator Art Benjie Bulaong turned over the materials to Purok Chairman Leonardo Lagungan in a turn-over ceremony.
The residents expressed their deep gratitude to the government’s effort in bringing them their much needed electricity, a necessity that the Sitio does not have access to.
The distribution of solar lights to areas without electricity especially those that belong to the marginalized communities is one of Governor Nelson Dayanghirang’s prioritized projects.
In addition, a consultative meeting was also held to discuss the many concerns of the Sitio such as peace and order, public health, agriculture, education, and other matters.
The meeting was facilitated by the Provincial Government, Local Government Unit of Caraga through Municipal Police Chief Police Capt. Fidelito Viola Jr., First Lieutenant Allan Lloyd Alcantara of the 66th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army, CADT-01 Tribal Chieftain Christine Banugan, and Butay Integrated School Principal Pablo Banabal who represented the Department of Education.
Sitio Butay is located on top of a mountain range in the boundary between the province of Davao Oriental and the municipality of Maragusan in the province of Davao de Oro, it is one of the farthest sitios in the municipality of Caraga.
This remote community is one of the 13 Mandaya sub-villages comprising the Certificate of Ancestral Domain (CADT-01) and is home to more than 130 families whose livelihoods depend on farming, particularly abaca.
The team that delivered the materials spent 14 hours hiking to get to the Sitio. (Jan Vincent Leuterio/PIA-XI and Karen Lou Deloso of PIO Davao Oriental)