DAGAYDAY SA BARANGAY. A health worker checks the blood pressure of a resident in Barangay Tambobong, Marilog District, Davao City. About 400 inhabitants availed free medical and dental services offered by different partner agencies during the “Dagayday sa Barangay”, an activity held in watershed communities by the Davao City Water District (DCWD), Thursday, July 6. (Robby Joy D. Salveron/davaotoday.com)

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – The Davao City Water District (DCWD) held its first community tie-up ​in a northern tribal area ​for this year to strengthen the campaign on watershed conservation.

Dubbed as “Dagayday sa Barangay”, DCWD Spokesperson Atty. Bernard Delima said that the activity held Thursday, July 6, at Barangay Tambobong, Marilog District here, aims to reach out to the inhabitants on watershed areas and urge them to protect the water resources.

“This is a tie-up for watershed conservation. We are requesting inhabitants to preserve our watersheds since these are our water source,” Delima said.

Delima said the activity is a way to encourage the community to help them in preserving the watersheds.

“We need to give them something that will encourage them to preserve and this is our way of helping them and we also try to address their requests if there are some,” Delima said.

The said event catered ​to 400 individuals from the area of which availed the various services offered for free such as medical and dental consultation, blood testing, x-ray, vaccinations, legal advise, registration and notarization of documents, haircut, family picture taking.

“Our watershed conservation effort is a joint responsibility between us and the communities,” Delima said.

Jonalyn Abag, brought her one-year-old son, Arvy along with her to avail the free medical check-up.

“Gipacheck up nako siya kay gisip-on man gud. Nahatagan siyag kompleto nga tambal ug vitamins. Pasalamat mi kay giatiman mi nila diri (I took him for check-up because he has cold. He was given complete set of medicines and vitamins. We’re thankful because they took care of us),”Abag said.

Delima said that the event offered more services compared to the previous activities because of the added support from other agencies and in partnership with the Apo Agua Insfrastructura Inc.

Apo Agua General Manager Cirilo Almario III said that they decided to join resources with the DCWD to have more services and be able to cater more people in the community.

“We deemed that it’s more proper to join our resources that’s why this Dagayday sa Barangay became bigger,” Almario said.

The Apo Agua is also the joint venture of Aboitiz Equity Ventures and J.V. Angeles Construction Corp., that eyes to start construction of the bulk water supply in water sources in Tamugan by this month. (davaotoday.com)

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