PGMA caravan benefits 5,000 residents of Camarines Sur
by LS Macatangay
Libmanan, Camarines Sur (11 September) -- More than 5,000 residents of the municipalities of Libmanan and Minalabac received a full complement of services from the medical and dental mission held at the covered court here, from September 8 to 9 conducted by the People's Government Mobile Action (PGMA) project.
The PGMA caravan in the province's first district was spearheaded by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) in coordination with the Office of Congressman Diosdado 'Dato' Macapagal-Arroyo (Camarines Sur 1st district) and participated in by line agencies involved in health, livelihood, micro-financing and other high impact social services.
Congressman Arroyo, in a brief statement, said that the caravan is a living proof of the government's promise of bringing the government closer to the grassroots level in the community. "This is our government's way of saying that it is doing everything to uplift the lives of our people, by making these services just within the reach of the common people."
Among the highlights of the program was the awarding of Certificates of Ownership to four 'Tindahan Natin' operators namely Domingo Polilio of San Pedro of Barangay Cabusao and Purisima Ubaldo of Barangay Pandan, both in Cabusao town; Priscilla Palad of Pamplona town and Joseph Pamerio of Naga City.
The 'Tindahan Natin' is one of the government's programs on hunger mitigation, a two-fold project of the Macapagal-Arroyo administration where the direct beneficiaries are the marginalized and poor sector of the society.
A capital assistance worth P125,000 was also turned over to the Progressive Self-Employment Assistance or SEA Group from Haluban, Lupi, Camarines Sur. Twenty-five beneficiaries will benefit from the amount that will be used in various livelihood projects like sari-sari store, eatery and cooked food vending.
The HAWAK Kamay SEA-K, a 15-member team from Badas, Lupi, Camarines Sur also received a capital assistance amounting to P125,000 to start their ventures on fishpond, trade and commerce, butchery, piggery and trimobile maintenance.
Another P100,000 was given to the PAUNLAD SEA-K Group from La Purisima, also in Lupi town. The capital assistance will be used by 20 members to fund projects that included a sari-sari store, eatery, poultry, butchery and in food vending.
The UNLAD BIKOL SEA-K Association from New Poblacion, Cabusao town was also a recipient of cash assistance amounting to P157,000 of which P50,000 will be invested in a mini-bakery project while the rest will be used for other livelihood projects. The group is composed of 30 members, most of whom have undergone skills training under the Bangon Bicol Skills Training Project. The Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran (SEA-K) Integrated Program spearheaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in an investment in social capital that aims to institutionalize the existence of community-based and sustainable credit facilities that will be used by the poor members of the community as start-up of their small livelihood program.
Aside from the medical and dental services spearheaded by PAGCOR, the Philippine Chairty Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), other line agencies like the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), DTI, DOLE, DFA, NFA, NBI, TESDA, NSO, NTC, NHA, DOH, DA, the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and the Dangerous Drugs Board also put up their respective booths at the Libmanan covered court to extend assistance.
The province of Camarines Sur has been listed 'priority two' province under the Accelerated Hunger Mitigation Plan (AHMP), a priority program of the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) and the National Nutrition Council (NNC). (PIA Cams. Sur w/EE Jerusalem, DSWD) [top]