KALAHI support overwhelms Pangasinan town
By Venus H. Sarmiento
agupan City (5 February) -- Village chief Ireneo Aquino of barangay Bayaoas in Urbiztondo town was perhaps the happiest man yesterday with the outpour of support from government agencies as the KALAHI Karaban rolled its programs out in his village.
Dubbed as the GATE to progress, the village was chosen by the Regional KALAHI Convergence group as the beneficiary of the caravan.
Representatives from the regional and provincial government and non-government organizations signed the declaration of commitment for barangay Bayaoas to deliver the projects stipulated in a commitment plan.
The following government agencies and NGOs promised the following to the chosen barangay: Technical education and Skilsl Development Authority (TESDA)-skills training on small engine repair and maintenance; Commission on Higher Education (CHED)- four year scholarship for four students; Department of Education (DepEd)- accreditation to OSYs and adults; Department of Health (DOH-CHD)- P25 worth of medical supplies; National Nutrition Council (NNC)-nutrition IEC materials; Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-repair of roads and other infrastructure projects ; Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) ? turn over tilapia and carpa fingerlings; Department of Agriculture (DA)-kilos of high quality vegetables and certified seeds.
The National Telecommunication Commission(NTC) offered free calls abroad; Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-500 family food packs; Cooperative Development Authority (CDA)-organize cooperatives; Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) ? anti illegal recruitment seminar; Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)- technical assistance on mushroom and handicraft making; Philippine Crop Insurance Corp.(PCIC) -insurance for crops; Commission on Human Rights (CHR)- legal clinic; Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)- mushroom and entrepreneurship trainings; Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-scholarship for high school and college students; Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) -pre-membership education seminar & activate farmer's cooperatives; Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) ? one stop shop with land inspectors and legacy certificates; Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) assured good local governance in every town that can be accessed by every barangay; and the National Commission on Indigenous People provided medical staff and promised to form the group of people belonging to Tribus in the town.
The provincial offices also promised support in the following form: agriculture office-assorted vegetable seeds, fruit and forestry seedlings; health office - one communal toilet and one unit deep well; employment services office ?register job seekers and fight illegal recruiters; and social welfare office ? organization and development of sectoral groups.
Non-government organizations like the provincial federation of NGOs also promised help while the president of the Federation of Persons With Disabilities promised to organize PWD groups for easier access of benefits.
Aquino was obviously ecstatic with all the assistance that came their way. He urged his barangay mates to embrace each other for the common good. "Manlalakapan tayo ed pangkakaabigan," he said.
Present in the occasion were Dr. Enrie Mendoza, presidential assistant for North Luzon and chair of the regional KALAHI convergence group, Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. and regional directors and representatives from various line agencies. (PIA-Pangasinan) [top]