I found myself staring at the panorama of the the calm blue ocean while sitting on a rock at the coastal baranggay of Hinangutdan, Sta. Rita Samar. My wife, is one of the community nurses assigned to the area of Hinangutdan. She loves and takes her job seriously, so much that she is willing to frequently travel the danger-prone road leading to the coastal site of Hinangutdan.
The coastal community aside from being a far flung area from the township, is also the transfer station for other areas at the nearby islands, thus the port and wooden bangka to accomodate the visits from Hinangutdan to other neighboring coastal baranggay.
Hinangutdan in Black and White
This feature is actually some sort of a humble shout-out, a black and white call that the place needs some help. For one, a new priority project could be fast-tracked for the comfort of the citizens, the road going in and out of the secluded baranggay urgently needs a solution.
There will be more years for improvement and always room for new opportunities in this side of Samar.
The baranggay is divided into five purok divisions, and the citizens are composed of balanced senior citizens and young population. The community is growing, as what I’ve seen during my walks around the area. The peaceful community survives through fishing, coco lumber and copra industry, the communal livelihoods that feed 1,600 resilient residents more or less.
The local BHS, Baranggay Health Station, plays the vital role of addressing the medical needs of the community, but is limited to check ups on children, maternity, immunizations and first aid concerns only. Serious illnesses and emergency cases still need to travel out into the town proper to avail the needed medical attention. No ambulance or medical service vehicle available for urgent cases.
In my opinion, services for health and welfare of the residents could be fairly delivered through prompt road construction. I’m a believer of the idea that if you want a nation to succeed and progress, start from the bottom going up. Smaller communities need to experience the quality services they deserve for them to effectively help in nation building.
On the brighter side of things, I found the serene and quiet atmosphere of Hinangutdan as a strike of fresh air. The area along the road to Hinangutdan actually has a potential of becoming a tourism hub due to its resort services feature. The untouched coastlines boast of rich mangrove area and unblemished/unexploited beaches. It could create more jobs and eventually boost the community’s economy. That’s just one business idea open for exploration.
There will be more years for improvement and always room for new opportunities in this side of Samar. This one thing I am sure, the humble residents of Hinangutdan will thrive for prosperity as long as they live, no matter what the roadblocks are.