Touching base with his constituency, Gov. Hilario P. Davide III listened to the problems and needs of the urban poor community in a recent consultative meeting in Barangay Bato, Toledo City.
More than 500 people from different sectors including senior citizens, farmers, fishermen, barangay workers, 4Ps beneficiaries, teachers and trisikad (cycle rickshaw) and tricycle drivers joined the consultative assembly.
Among the problems brought up in the meeting included the lack of school buildings, ambulance, chairs for senior citizens and a vehicle for roving barangay tanods.
Financial assistance for fertilizer, illegal fishing, animal vaccination, maintenance medicine and additional supplies for the “Bugasan sa Kababayehan” livelihood program were also raised during the open forum.
Provincial Legal Officer Orvi Ortega and Capitol consultant John Cubar joined Davide in addressing the poor folks’ concerns.
The governor informed urban poor members of the Capitol’s programs and assistance. These include burial and medical assistance, the farmers’ scientist training program (FSTP), crop insurance and livelihood projects to name a few.
With the success of the FSTP, a similar project—the fishermen scientist training program—will be launched this year, Davide said.
More Medical Missions
He also offered to conduct a medical mission through the Office of Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale and pledged to support trisikad and tricycle drivers form a cooperative with the help of Herculene
Rizon, Capitol consultant for cooperative.
Davide also promised to build more classrooms and give more books as well as bags and school supplies to students.
“We’re so grateful to our governor for his continued support to our school,” said Janet Alqueza, a teacher of Bato Elementary School.
Before, Alqueza said, the province gave out chairs, medals, paints, rice, signage and food supplies for the school’s feeding program.
In compliance with the guidelines of the Commission on Audit, Davide advised barangay officials and urban poor leaders to put all their requests for assistance into a resolution to avoid problems with state auditors.
In response to the farmers’ concerns, Davide promised to send a team from the Provincial Agriculture Office to conduct vaccination and to brief them of the province’s other programs like fertilizer subsidy and crop insurance.
He said he would ask the Cebu Provincial Anti-Illegal Fishing Task Force to look into the problem of illegal fishing raised by Eve Macapobre, one of the barangay tanods. (Kelvin Canizares)