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PIA Press Release
2008/11/06

Eastern Samar marks special 43rd Foundation Day

By Alice Nicart

Borongan City (November 6) -- Mayor Anton Cardona of LLorente town was all smiles when he and his townmates received Tuesday the Provincial Information Caravan which was headed by Governor Ben Evardone.

The conduct of a series of InfoCar with 11 various Cluster Groups is in line with the 43rd Founding Anniversary of the province which will be celebrated on Monday, November 10.

"We have deviated from the traditional celebration when only the people at the Capitol mark and celebrate the occasion," Gov. Ben Evardone spoke to the Lanangnons in his greetings. "This time, there are 11 groups of provincial employees who are now in different places of the province, talking and listening to our peoples yearnings and services needed," Evardone told his audience.

"I am happy that our provincial officials went down here to our town to bring in varied information, suggestions and recommendation, on how best we can address and handle the problems that beset us," Mayor Cardona assured his constituents. "We have longed for this special occasion where we can talk face-to-face with our leaders," he said, adding that the unique approach this time around of the Foundation Day will "bridge the gap" between the provincial government and the people.

The open forum disclosed the farmers' common problems on the lack of irrigation systems, the need for certified Palay seeds, the pest in the Cohol and many more.

In response, Jody Paano, Researcher of Department of Agriculture-Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (DA-OPAS) assured the farmers of irrigation facility once a water source exploration is completed. Also, Paano told the farmers that his office is also doing a study on a flood resistant Palay seeds. He also advised the crowd to look positively at the Cohol, because when treated fairly, instead of branding it as a "pest" it is edible and a good protein substitute.

The second part of the Caravan was the distribution of PhilHealth Cards by Gov. Evardone and Mayor Cardona to the indigent folks of the 32 barangys of Llorente town. But the best part of the Caravan was the distribution of calamity aid of One Thousand pesos to each family whose dwelling was totally damaged by recent typhoons.

Maria Boco, a pale mother of six young children who appeared sick moved the heart of the onlookers. As she walked up close to the distribution line, she obviously quivered. In a brief conversation with PIA, she revealed she has this ailment. She trembles for reasons she does not know. She confessed her husband left her and the generous boys around helped her restore a shanty for her and her kids. Asked what she wants to do with the One thousand pesos, she replied in a soft voice: Ipapalit ko hin bugas kay agsob la kami waray kinakakon.(I will buy rice because oftentimes, we do not eat.) Social Worker Lucy Cardona who unknowingly was standing close to us, confirmed that nobody earns a living for Maria and her children. (PIA-Borongan, Eastern Samar) [top]

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