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PIA Press Release
2008/11/14

Crowds flock to "Halad sa Katawhan ni PGMA" at San Jose, Negros Oriental

by Rachelle M. Nessia

Dumaguete City (14 November) -- A thick throng of Oriental Negrenses seeking to take advantage of various government medical and non-medical services converged at the municipal gym of San Jose town in Negros Oriental for the Halad sa Katawhan ni PGMA today (Nov. 14).

Long lines of people circled around the gym, with the longest lines leading to the areas of the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Department of Agriculture (DA).

Presidential Assistant for Central Visayas and Regional KALAHI Convergence Group (RKCG) Chairman Felix C. Guanzon noted that in all 21 Halad activities his office has conducted in Region 7, the services of DOH, DFA and the DA are the most sought after by the crowd.

Because of this, Guanzon said he will recommend to the national government to increase the funds of the departments in agriculture, health and foreign affairs.

During the said activity, the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) has distributed 150 seedlings and 450 seed nuts along with 300 bags of salt fertilizer, said local PCA Officer in Charge Brendan Trasmonte.

Free corn seeds, vegetables and fertilizer coupons were likewise handed out by the Department of Agriculture to local farmers.

The coupons will entitle farmers to a discount when they buy fertilizers from local commercial dealers.

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

The Halad sa Katawhan in San Jose town is the 21st anti-poverty drive done in the region and the 6th held in Negros Oriental. (PIA/rmn) [top]

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