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KALAHI caravan rolls in Pangasinan

By Venus H. Sarmiento

Urbiztondo, Pangasinan (5 February) -- Greatly devastated by flood waters brought by the recent typhoons, barangay Bayaoas in this town is again "flooded", this time thru help and assistance coming from various government and non-government agencies.

The KALAHI Karaban, short for Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan, opened its doors to the poorest of the poor with the localized 'GATE to Progress' program. GATE stands for the Pangasinan words Gamuray Aliguas tan Talongggaring Ed Ekonomiya diad Pangasinan. Interestingly, the initials are the same as that of the governor's name.

Speaking at the opening ceremonies yesterday, Governor Amado Espino,Jr. urged the regional and provincial officers of various line agencies present in the caravan to seriously implement the government's poverty reduction program.

"Ang pakiusap ko, kahit 50 percent man lang ng lahat ng programang minungkahi natin ay magawa natin," Espino said.

He said laziness and ignorance must be eradicated and people should get out from their "non-thinking?of the-future attitude"

The provincial government spread several strategies to reduce and fight poverty and bring the government to the people like job placement, livelihood assistance, technology transfer, quality and affordable health care, agriculture and fishery development, water and sanitation development, peace and order, socialized housing, investment promotion, environmental protection and upgrading of infrastructures.

Regional agencies signed the declaration of commitment for barangay Bayaoas as they promised to deliver the projects and support stipulated in the commitment plan.

Barangay Captain Ireneo Aquino was overwhelmed with the outpour of assistance and support given by the agencies concerned.

r. Enrie Mendoza, presidential assistant for North Luzon and chair of the regional KALAHI convergence group said in his closing remarks that the KALAHI Karaban has been continuously conducted since 2001 to support President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's programs to fight and reduce poverty in the countryside. It is being done to implement the provisions of the Social Agenda Law or Republic Act 8425. (PIA-Pangasinan) [top]

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