THE Ber months are here, and the season of giving starts early for the Team Titans and Davao Volunteers as they once again motored up the least-motored mountain trails of Marilog for a gift-giving in sitio Malikongkong.
This is the third time the Davao Volunteer Group went up to deliver their season’s gifts and the second time for the Team Titans; their convoy of vehicles has become a much looked forward to sight as only motorcycles drive up those places.
Malikongkong is around 11 kilometers down the highway toward Upian River, which vehicles have to cross as there is just a hanging bridge spanning its width, and then up around seven kilometers more.
The group loaded their offroad vehicles school bags and supplies for around 400 children and they brought arroz caldo as a treat that was shared to around 200 families with around 800 children.
The group gathered all these from the proceeds of the Team Titans run in April this year.
Team TiTans Davao headed by its president Dr. Ricardo Audan, vice president Richard T. Cagape Sr. , officers Rolly Itallo, Sheila Barnes, Dindo Dalumpines, Yen Gimone, Nestor Manipes, and Marl Sales, while Davao Volunteer is headed by Rocke Selga with Gino Gudmalin, Cathy Arias, Don Richard, Chongkee Trajera, Dollar Yen Trajera, Bing tumapon, Olive Firmesa, Anne Manipes, Monching Amable, and Sylvana Oncada.
They will be motoring up again soon for a medical mission, which they are still finalizing.
The annual treat started when Davao Volunteer teamed up with Kinaiyahan Foundation Inc., which has been working with the Matigsalug tribe in Marilog for various livelihood projects.
Marilog district has hinterland villages populated by the Matigsalugs, one of the original tribes of Davao. Like many hinterland villages, they have been neglected, with very little government service reaching them.
Malikongkong, for one, does not have a water source nearby and residents have to walk more than a kilometer for water. With lack of water, sanitation and hygiene is difficult to maintain. Electricity too still has to make its way to their village while health service is only available in the health center more than 20 kilometers away.
The Matigsalugs, however, barely know the barangay health center and like most residents in Marilog, they seek medical treatment in the German Hospital at the border of Davao City and Bukidnon.
Team Titans is a running club here in Davao City, while the Davao Volunteer are Offroad enthusiasts who take time out to serve where needed and where their offroad vehicles come in very handy.