Holy Mass, mass Baptism and Confirmation
On February 10, 2021, at about 10 AM, at Brgy Datu Danwata, Malita, Davao Occidental, a Holy Mass with Baptism of 83 individuals (mostly Indigenous People of tribu Kaulo) all of Brgy Datu Danwata, occurred. The spiritual activity was administered by REV FR (PLTCOL) MARLOU N LABARES, Acting Chief, Regional Pastoral Office 11, together with Rev Fr (Cpt) Tyrone Narisma, PN; Rev Fr (Maj) Pedro Maniwang and Rev Fr (Capt) Hernando Batomalaque, AFPRESCOM 6TASADE.
Further, this activity was part of the Revitalized Pulis sa Barangay (R-PSB) Quick Impact Project (QIP) after a Need Assessment Survey by team PNP personnel of R-PSB assigned at Brgy Datu Danwata, a Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Area (GIDA) that many of the residents were not yet baptized and with no birth certificate.
In response to the request of Revitalized Pulis Sa Barangay (R-PSB) team with the leadership of PBGEN. FILMORE B. ESCOBAL, RD PRO 11, the innovator of RPSB Program, facilitated by RCADD11, Davao Occidental PPO and Regional Pastoral Office 11, the sacrament of Holy Eucharist, Baptism and Confirmation were materialized. A pre-baptismal and confirmation catechism/seminar and general absolution of sins were conducted.
The activity did not only help the residents spiritually but also uplifted the morale and welfare of the PNP personnel assigned in far flung barangay with the blessing of Fr PLTCOL Labares to RPSB Team. R-PSB is an initiative program of PBGEN FILMORE B ESCOBAL, RD, PRO11 to fully implement the call of the President to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC or EO 70) by bringing good governance services to the farthest barangay by aiding the filing of live birth certificate through the baptismal certificate. Birth certificate is significant for the government to deliver basic services to the barangay folks (the IPs) and also for the formation of People’s Organization (PO). PBGEN LORENZO B DETRAN JR, DRDA, represented PBGEN FILMORE B ESCOBAL, RD, PRO11. RD is one of the sponsors of the newly baptized. Other police commission officers, non commission officers were also present. Other government officers who were present and delivered their message were Mr. Florencio Petron, Admin Assistant Office of the Vice Mayor, represented Hon Vice Mayor Estefanie B Dumama of Municipality of Malita; and Brgy Chairman Rogelio D Labis. The 83 baptismal bertificates were received by PLT Alkie J Salih, R-PSB Team Leader. Minimum health protocol was strictly observed during the entire duration of activity.