It was an island hopping day for Cebu Gov. Hilario P. Davide III and Vice Gov. Agnes A. Magpale as they visited Pilar Island and San Francisco town in Camotes Group of Islands for the distribution of P2.249 million cash incentives to the 1,147 barangay workers on Wednesday, March 20.
Each barangay tanod and lupon tagapamayapa received P1,500 cash, while barangay health workers (BHWs), day care workers (DCWs), barangay nutrition scholars (BNS) and barangay animal health aides (BAHAs) received P2,400 each.
The Camotes Group of Islands is composed of three islands–two islands are connected by a long causeway that cuts through the mangrove and the separate third island of Pilar. San Francisco town sits on the first island, while Poro and Tudela towns sit on the second island. Pilar town is an hour-long travel by pump boat.
That day, the top Capitol officials took the first 5:30 a.m. Ro-Ro (Rollon/Rolloff) trip from Danao City in mainland Cebu to the Consuelo Port in San Francisco town, Camotes Islands.
They then proceeded to Hagutapay Port in Tudela, and took another pumpboat ride, this time, without their vehicles, to the island of Pilar.
Before taking the pumpboat ride, Davide, Magpale, Provincial Board Members Miguel Antonio Magpale and Jude Thaddeus Sybico, and Binky Sybico visited the wake of Barangay McArthur councilor Constancio Baring Jr.
As Capitol officials and staff stepped on Pilar’s white beach, local transport met them and brought them to the coastal barangay of Moabog.
With some of them clutching their babies with a toddler in tow, housewives, who also served as barangay workers, trooped to the sports complex as Davide and Magpale distributed a total of P644,100 in cash incentives to 346 barangay workers from the town’s 13 barangays.
Magpale, in a speech, assured that the Cebu Provincial Government will increase the barangay workers’ annual incentives this year.
She thanked the barangay workers in Pilar for their support to the administration of Davide and Magpale. She added that the Province will continue to pour projects and assistance to Pilar. She said that the Capitol gave P35.1 million cash assistance to the town and for the barangay road concreting projects.
The Capitol officials capped off the island activities by distributing a total of P1.605 million in cash incentives to 801 barangay workers in San Francisco town.
PB Members Magpale and Sybico, together with San Francisco Mayor Aly Arquillano and Vice Mayor Al Arquillano, assisted in the distribution activity.