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"Halad sa Katawhan ni PGMA" brings gov't services to San Jose

by Rachelle M. Nessia

Dumaguete City (13 November) -- More than 30 government agencies will converge in Brgy. Janay-Janay, San Jose, this province on Nov. 14, 2008 to extend medical, dental and various government services.

Spearheaded by the Regional KALAHI Convergence Group (RKCG), the one-day "Halad Sa Katawhan" in the said town will start at 8:00 a.m.

San Jose Municipal Information Officer Hardy Torres said more than 30 government agencies have already confirmed that they will carry out on-the-spot services during the activity.

Some of the agencies expected to participate in the said activity are the following: Department of Foreign Affairs for the processing of passport application and renewal; Philippine Coconut Authority for the distribution of coconut seedlings; Department of Trade and Industry for the trade and business name registration/information dissemination; National Food Authority for the selling of low-priced rice and other basic commodities at the Tindahan ni Gloria.

Also expected to participate are the National Statistics Office for the distribution of forms for authentication of civil registry documents and LTO for the instant issuance of student driver's permit.

The Halad sa Katawhan in San Jose town is the 21st anti-poverty drive done in the region.

Meawnwhile, the on-going medical mission in the most affected towns of the armed conflict is part of the rehabilitation process being undertaken by the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte (LDN).

This was stressed by Cassan Maquiling, member of the Sangguniang Panglalawigan (SP) who said the medical mission is conducted, particularly in Poona Piagapo, Tangkal, Matungao, Munai and Kauswagan, which are the most affected towns of the on-going armed conflict in the province.

Maquiling also disclosed that the health problems within the evacuation centers has escalated as the internally displaced persons (IDP), mostly children, cannot be given proper medical attention and would rather stay in the Municipal Health Center due to financial constraints. (PIA/rmn) [top]

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