Cebuano News: Halad sa Katawhan ni PGMA mirrors true public service, says Siquijor gov
by Rizalie Anding-Calibo
Province of Siquijor (19 February) -- Siquijor Provincial Governor Orlano "Shane" Fua Jr. recently lauded the conduct of Halad sa Katawhan ni President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in Lazi, Siquijor saying it mirrors the essence of true public service.
Underscoring the public service providers? efforts in bringing the government programs and services closer to the people, Fua said the Halad sa Katawhan ni PGMA only shows how the government takes care of its people in the forms of services offered by various government offices. He vowed to bring the Halad to all six municipalities of Siquijor Island so that no one in his province will be left out in receiving assistance from the national government.
Halad sa Katawhan is a program of President Gloria-Macapagal-Arroyo Administration that makes government services accessible to the public. Different agencies were present to cater and answer the different needs of the more or less 800 residents of Lazi who took advantage of the free services of some 30 national participating agencies in the activity.
The 53rd Infantry Engineering Battalion in partnership with the Integrated Provincial Health Office of the province and the Rural Health Unit of Lazi rendered medical and dental services where volunteer dentists, OB gynes, pedia and general practitioners assisted by other healthcare professionals, responded to the healthcare and medical needs of more than 500 hundred local folks. Various medicines were also given from the Rural Health Unit of Lazi, the Provincial Government and the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).
The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) also distributed 22 Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs). Presidential Adviser for Central Visayas Felix Guanzon, Provincial Governor Orlando Fua Jr., and DAR officials handed over the CLOAs to 11 Agrarian Reform Communities or farmer-representatives.
The National Statistics Office (NSO), on one hand, catered to the requests for NSO-certified copies of birth, marriage and death certificates which are regularly served in Dumaguete. Leaflets and brochures on Laws pertaining to Civil Registration were also distributed.
At least 22 applicants for the assessment for the National Certificate (NC) were served by the TESDA. They also answered the various queries about the upcoming enrolment in April for the Agriculture and Culticulture Course as well as disseminating information on various services they offer.
The Philippine Regulatory Commission (PRC) served more than 50 clients for renewals of the licenses for teachers and other various professions. They also distributed application forms for the upcoming teacher?s board examination.
Warren Inao, Provincial Head of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) also declared that their office had dispersed some 11 thousand highbred Get- Excel Tilapia and frymash to the fish farmers of Maria and Lazi town while the Land and Transportation Office (LTO) rendered Information Drive on Student Privilege (SP) and Licenses. They also distributed flyers that contain their services and offered free computation for fees for both new and renewal of licenses.
The Social Security System (SSS) also served more than 50 for membership, inquiries and follow-ups on claims.
Likewise various local agencies like the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of National Defense (DND), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), National Food Authority (NFA), National Statistics Office (NSO), Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire (BFA), National Irrigation Administration (NIA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Philippine (POEA), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Education (DepEd),GSIS, Phil Health, Department of the Local and Interior Government (DILG), Civil Service Commission (CSC), Department of Social Welfare (DSWD), DBM, NEDA, catered inquiries and distributed flyers of their corresponding services.
Provincial Head of the Philippine Postal Corporation (PPC) Rafael Quirante also said they were able to serve four applicants for postal ID. He stressed that applicants do not need to spend going to Larena because they bring their basic services in Lazi.
The Office of the Provincial Veterinarian (OPV), Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA), and Department of Agriculture (DA) also offered free vaccines and feeds and distributed 22 bags of rice and corn seeds, fertilizers and Information Education and Communication (IEC) materials to some 380 clients, respectively.
In the same activity, Brigadier General Cesar Yano of the 302nd Infantry Brigade said that the province of Siquijor is blessed with peaceful environment claiming that it continues to be peaceful so that the presence of Philippine Army is not necessary. "Everytime I come to Siquijor I come not to aid wars but to serve and answer the medical needs of the people of Siuqijor." he said. (PIA) [top]