Tagum City—Passion and dedication exudes from the volunteers in the 6th Hugpong Serbisyo Para sa Tagumenyos Festival or simply “Hugpong” as seen in the vibrant and welcoming atmosphere of the venue.
649 Tagumenyo were tallied as volunteers for this year’s festival of services who vigorously help in extending wide array of services to the 23 barangays of Tagum which varies from minor surgery, dental services, circumcision, optical services, random blood sampling, breast examination, papsmear and gram stain, medical consultation, implant for birth control, therapeutic massage, haircut, cosmetology, legal consultation, civil registration, COMELEC services, job matching services and mini job fair, passport requirements assessment, CSWD services, PSA services, scholarship referral, booklet groceries and medicines for senior citizens and PWDs, tribal and Muslim certification, real property tax assessment and inquiry, police clearance, barangay clearance, skills training, veterinary services, anti-rabies dog vaccination, deworming and castration for cats and dogs.
The city’s mission for an inclusive and sustainable growth gave birth to new services offered for babies such as measles immunization, polio vaccine and Vitamin A.
What made this year’s Hugpong unique is that people who once benefited the city government’s skills training volunteered themselves to extend their expertise and labor. These people are the beneficiaries of butchery and cosmetology skills training offered by the LGU’s super department, the Public Education and Employment Office (PEESO).
Cesar de Guzman Jr., the president of the Tagum City Slaughterhouse Butchers Association, conveyed that it is their way of giving back to the local government’s free training through reinforcing manpower.
In an interview, the head of the General Services Office, Ms. Jalmaida Morales expressed her heartfelt gratitude to the volunteers.
“Dako jud kayo, dili matungkad no ang pasalamat na’to no. Ilabi na si Mayor Rellon nga without our volunteers this would not have been possible.” (Our fervent gratitude [to our volunteers], specially Mayor Rellon, for without our volunteers this would not have been possible).
Moreover, Morales applauded the efforts of all the volunteers particularly Dr. Joel Padoran and the league of doctors of Davao Regional Medical Center for giving medical services, and Letran de Davao Inc. for free foods and the Armed Forces of the Philippines assigned in Davao del Norte for the labor force.
She furthered that Tagumenyos are very fortunate for having volunteers who are willing to extend services to fellow Tagumenyos without expecting any form of compensation.
Truly, the spirit of volunteerism emanates in Hugpong Serbisyo Para sa Tagumenyos Festival which was already institutionalized last March 2018 as a noble undertaking of the City Government of Tagum to provide free health and social services to as many Tagumenyos as possible in the barangay level as part of the banner program of Mayor Alan Rellon dubbed as EAGLE WINGS. JP Cordovero/CIO Tagum
The Volunteers of 6th Hugpong Serbisyo Para sa Tagumenyos Festival who show passion and dedication to serve their fellow Tagumenyos without expecting something in return. JP Cordovero/CIO Tagum