In a groundbreaking initiative, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) R2 Isabela Provincial Office actively participated in the recent Serbisyo Caravan held on April 11-12, 2024, in the coastal towns of Palanan, Maconacon, and Divilacan in Isabela. This transformative event demonstrated a much-needed commitment to these communities, ushering in a new era of opportunity and development.

At the heart of the Serbisyo Caravan was the proclamation of Palanan, Maconacon, and Divilacan as insurgency-free zones by the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC). This monumental declaration represents a significant stride towards achieving sustainable peace and security in the region, laying the foundation for prosperity and growth.

In conjunction with this historic announcement, the Serbisyo Caravan Fair served as a crucial platform for delivering comprehensive social services directly to the residents. Among the key contributors to this effort was the DTI, whose active engagement played a pivotal role in fostering economic empowerment and entrepreneurship within these marginalized communities.

One of the flagship initiatives spearheaded by DTI R2 Isabela, represented by TIDS Jillean M. Flores and TIDS Emma Jane P. Domingo, during the Serbisyo Caravan was the facilitation of business name registrations and the distribution of Certificate Vouchers for livelihood kits. Through these initiatives, 150 eligible beneficiaries across the municipalities were equipped with essential resources, including Sari-sari Store and Bigasan packages, laying the groundwork for sustainable livelihoods and economic stability.

Furthermore, the Serbisyo Caravan Fair exemplified the spirit of collaboration, with various government agencies and organizations pooling their resources to address a myriad of needs. From social welfare and agricultural support to employment services and educational assistance, the event embraced a holistic approach to community development.

By directly engaging with the coastal communities of Palanan, Maconacon, and Divilacan, the Serbisyo Caravan embodied a collective endeavor to uplift lives and foster sustainable development. Through initiatives like DTI’s facilitation of business registration and livelihood support, the event not only tackled immediate challenges but also laid the groundwork for long-term prosperity.

As the region looks towards the future, the enduring impact of the Serbisyo Caravan and the collaborative efforts of all stakeholders stand as a testament to the resilience and determination of the people of Isabela. With continued support and dedication, the path to sustainable development, peace, and prosperity remains well within reach for these coastal communities.

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Date of release: 17 April 2024