Around 2,000 senior citizens of 14 barangays in the municipality of Ronda received food packs from the Provincial Government’s Halad Kang Lolo ug Lola program last July 21.
Governor Hilario Davide III and Vice Governor Agnes Magpale spearheaded the distribution of food packs that comprised of rice and canned goods.
Governor Davide, in his speech during the distribution, said that the Provincial Government continues to develop the program to benefit the senior citizens throughout the province.
Pablo Puldo, a 79-year-old farmer was one of the beneficiaries of the program.
When asked how he can still manage to do some farming, Puldo said, “Kung maglingkod lang ko sa balay, magluya ko (If I will just sit the whole day and do nothing, I will end up being tired).”
Puldo added that for the past months, it was very difficult for him to have a harvest due to El Niño.
“Nagpasalamat kaayo ko sa gihatag nga gasa gikan sa probinsya kay dako gyud kini og ikatabang kanamo labi na kay sa miaging buwan lang gyud mi nakasugod og pugas (I am thankful to the Provincial Ggovernment for the assistance. It is a big help for us since we just started planting last month),” Puldo said.
Also, 89-year-old Michaela Ypanto managed to come to the distribution event despite her difficulty in walking.
“Nindot gyud dawaton basta hinatag. Nakahuna-huna pa gyud diay ang gobyerno kanamo’ng mga tiguwang (It is satisfying to know that the Provincial Government still gives importance to the senior citizens),” Ypanto said.
During the event, Magpale also facilitated a short guessing game. She promised to give out a hundred pesos if anyone could guess her age. Unfortunately, nobody guessed it right. The vice-governor was older than they thought.
Magpale said, “We have to love what we do so we would age gracefully. Eat good food, laugh and be thankful for what you have.”
Mayor Mariano Blanco, 2nd district Provincial Board members Christopher Baricuatro and Peter John Calderon and the municipal officials were also present during the program.