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Mayor tells extension workers: Work to improve life of clients

By Bong Pedalino

Maasin City (June 19) -- Just don't give the poor fish. Teach them how to fish.

This, essentially, was the core message shared by City Mayor Maloney Samaco yesterday during the blessing and inauguration ceremonies of a new building in barangay Combado here that housed the city agriculture and city social welfare and development, two offices that deliver frontline services to the farmers and the destitute, respectively.

The same building also housed the new location of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA)- Southern Leyte provincial office.

Samaco tasked City Agriculturist Amado Acasio to make full use of the spacious office as a training center for a regular interaction with the marginal farmers in the city, holding dialogue with them, teaching them on new ways and methods of farming that can help alleviate their poverty.

For City Social Welfare officer Febe Sta. Cruz, he urged her not just to give financial assistance to the poor, but develop them to be on their own, through the livelihood support program which the city government has always been advocating as integral part of its governance thrusts.

Incidentally, the new structure, which was constructed out of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of Rep. Roger Mercado, has been named " Poverty Alleviation Center " (PAC).

Samaco chided critics who claimed he focused only on scouting and sports activities, saying his administration has clearly given attention also to the other priorities of the city, like school building construction and other necessary projects.

He was obviously referring to the new location of the Maasin City National High School (MCNHS), its campus within the vicinity of the newly inaugurated building and within sight as the Mayor spoke.

Attending the simple but solemn blessing and inauguration were members of the City Council, Heads of the City offices, and personnel of the offices concerned.

Gov. Damian Mercado was represented by Executive Assistant Esledo Hernandez, Cong. Mercado by his son, Nikko Mercado, who is also the Provincial ABC Federation President, and PIA Regional Director Erlinda Olivia Tiu.

Among the highlights of the brief program was the induction of Day Care worker officers by Mayor Samaco.

Bonifacio Fernandez, a person with disability, rendered a song as an intermission number. (PIA-Southern Leyte) [top]

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