A total of 520 senior citizen residents of four barangays in Oslob, Cebu received gift packs of three kilos of rice each from the province through the “Halad Alang Kang Lolo ug Lola” program last Tue., Oct. 14.
Held at the covered court of Barangay Lagundi, the distribution was led by Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale, Jobella Davide, and 2nd District Provincial Board (PB) Members Peter John Calderon and Christopher Baricuatro.
Also present were barangay captains Roland Caldino (Lagundi), Mila Postrano (Looc), Grace Potrido (Bonbon), and Rogelio Vinas Jr. (Nueva Caceres) to help supervise the distribution of the gift packs to their constituents. Barangay Pongtod Captain Bernardo Estenso and former Oslob Vice Mayor Jose Tumulak Jr. were also around to witness the event.
Lagundi councilwoman Alicia Buenaventura acted as emcee in the short program that preceded the distribution. The provincial personalities delivered short but inspiring messages that were met by loud applauses from the seniors.
Valentin Romanillos (Looc), Conchita Medura and Corazon Labiste (Lagundi), Procesa Montesclaros and Josefina Tan (Nueva Caceres) and Melchor Gonzalgo (Bonbon) were among those who were all smiles and were grateful after receiving their share of the blessings.
Monstesclaros and Tan both said that “the project helps us stretch our budget and enables us to buy delicious viand to pair off with the rice.”
In the morning of that day, 250 senior citizens of three barangays of Barili also received similar gift packs.
So far, a total of 8,530 beneficiaries have already benefitted from the program in some barangays of Minglanilla, Toledo City, Talisay City, Tabogon, Carcar City, Oslob, Barili, Aloguinsan, Consolacion and Liloan, among others, since July 2013 to October this year.
Last Sept. 12, Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale and her staff distributed close to 1,000 packs in Lipata-Linao, Minglanilla. Barangay Captain Wilfredo Deiparine, and Councilor Vicente ‘Jinggoy’ Farrarons were appreciative of the program.
Carlo Capillanes, Rolando Quilaton, Violeta Repuela, Narcisa Señoria and Leonila Cañoneo all of Barangay Lipata-Linao had nothing but words of gratitude as the program “helped ease their plight even for just a few days.’
Even officials of other barangays, namely Cuanos Barangay Captain Alan Bastida, Pakigne Councilors Armando and Nestor Juezan expressed their pleasure not only over the program but also of the provincial officials themselves for the implementation. They likewise expressed hope that the distribution will be held more often.
Last Sept. 2, some 160 senior citizens in Barangay Cadulawan, Minglanilla who came as early 12 noon received their gifts.
On hand to assist the vice governor were Barangay Captain Bernardino Latorza, her own staff members as well as those of 1st district PB Member Raul Alcoseba.
Last Aug. 28, Magpale also distributed 350 packs in Barangays Tungkil and Calajo-an, still of Minglanilla.
The Halad Alang Kang Lolo ug Lola program aims at reaching out to the senior citizens and make the sector know that the provincial government is addressing its concerns.