Instead of harping on her troubles, Erlinda Baclaan used the event to express her gratitude to Gov. Hilario P. Davide III.
Baclaan, who received financial aid from the Cebu Provincial Government for her husband’s hospitalization, was one of the hundreds of residents in Barangay Guindaruhan, Minglanilla who attended the consultative assembly with Davide and Vice Governor Agnes Magpale on Wednesday.
“Ako ning pahimuslan na magpasalamat nimo governor ug ni vice governor sa pagtabang ninyo kanamo. Bisan piso, wa mi nabayran sa ospital,” said 70-year-old Baclaan.
Last March, Baclaan’s husband Wilfredo was confined in the Cebu City Medical Center for a week because of complications brought about by cancer. Her husband eventually died but could not leave the hospital due to unsettled bills.
With no one else to go to, one of her children sought the help of the Capitol, which paid for Wilfredo’s hospital expenses.
“Kini ang unang higayon nga nagkita mi sa gobernador human mi niya natabangi. Personal gyud kung nagpasalamat,” expressed Baclaan.
Capitol officials also helped an indigent resident who is languishing in her home with a swollen knee that needs immediate medical attention.
Barangay health worker Geronima Sellote told Davide and Magpale that Proferia Deparine wanted her knee examined by a doctor in the city but could not do so because she has no money to spend for fare and food.
Sellote said she was approached by Deparine’s daughter Genalyn to relay her mother’s plea to the Capitol officials.
A staunch advocate for women’s empowerment, Magpale offered to shoulder Deparine’s travel expenses and also promised to help her seek treatment for her knee.
For his part, Davide assured that the Provincial Health Office would extend its services if surgery is needed.
Another bright spot in the visit of Capitol officials in the barangay was the announcement of the governor that the rebidding of the improvement of their bridge is underway. His remark was greeted with cheers by residents. (photo by Donald Moga)