Cebu legislator emulates PGMA
by Roberto M. Cabardo
Cebu City (November 19) -- Following the thrust of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, a legislator in Cebu has created a program that focuses on the promotion of health and generation of jobs for the people.
Rep. Benhur Salimbangon now ventures on Employment Assistance Program both local and abroad for his constituents in the fourth district, after getting positive feedbacks of the health program.
Under the program, the office of Salimbangon has several contacts of local and international companies and all their job hiring be coursed through his office.
His staff is now strengthening their information dissemination to all barangays in the fourth district about the program and encourages jobseekers to come to their extension offices in every municipality in the district to inquire about job hiring.
Once the jobseeker chose from various positions, the staff of Salimbangon shall then assist the applicant in filling up the application forms and bio-data and schedule the date for examinations and interview at the respective offices of the company that needs workers.
The in-charge of the employment assistance program, Malyn Paradero, stressed that applicants still go through the process in applying for job.
Paradero said that they must send quality workers to the company that needs them and it is not enough to have just recommended by Salimbangon and then accepted by the company.
Paradero also reported that hundreds of applicants now got hired at Mactan Export Processing Zone, Mitsumi in Danao City and in some malls and department stores in Cebu.
They already have sent around 15 applicants to work abroad since the program was implemented.
Salimbangon said that having the health and employment assistance programs is his commitment to the people of the fourth district to better serve them aside from the his main responsibility as lawmaker in Congress.
The Benhur Health Program has already served hundreds of indigent patients at Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City and the Severo Verallo Memorial District Hospital in Bogo City.
Salimbangon said that he has his family and friends manning his office in Cebu to serve the constituents while he is in Congress. (PIA 7) [top]