Various projects, cash incentives, as well as farm and fishing inputs, with a total worth of P17.2 million, were distributed and turned over in the two towns of southern Cebu on Tuesday, Jan. 15.
Gov. Hilario P. Davide III and Vice Gov. Agnes A. Magpale led the distribution of at least P1.284 million of cash gifts to 712 barangay workers in Dalaguete, while P1.873-million incentives were given out to 1,077 personnel in Argao.
These barangay volunteers include health workers, nutrition scholars, daycare workers, tanods and members of the Lupong Tagapamayapa. The cash incentives for animal health aides were distributed last December during their annual convention.
“This is our way of recognizing your invaluable work being at the forefront in addressing the needs of the people,” Davide said.
Magpale, for her part, said the distribution of cash incentives was done annually by the Provincial Government so she appealed to those people criticizing it not to soil the program with politics since barangay workers deserve what they get.
“Gi konsiderar namo kamo nga mga heroes. Sa panahon nga nagkinahanglan og dinali-ang tabang ang mga kabus diha sa barangay ilabi na sa kabukiran, anaa dayon kamo nga moabag kanila,” Magpale said.
The vice governor went on saying that under their administration with Davide, the color of politics has no place in their style of governance since the welfare of the many is paramount than a political contest.
Last year, Dalaguete town was among the top recipients of Capitol aid, such as the P10-million financial assistance for the renovation of its town hall released in April.
Also, the municipality got P15 million for the repair of a farm-to-market road in Barangay Mantalongon known as the vegetable basket of Central Visayas.
In 2018 alone, Dalaguete received at least P32 million in financial assistance for various municipal and barangay projects.
Apart from cash incentives, farmers of Dalaguete and farmers and fishermen of Argao received P1.412 million worth of materials, equipment and inputs.
In Argao, a P5-million two-story school building for the Cebu Technological University broke ground, while a P7.7-million road concreting project in Barangay Mopeller-Tulang section was turned over by Capitol.
Mayor Stanley Caminero thanked Capitol not only for the current projects his town received but also for the previous financial assistance it got.
He recalled the P5 million released by Capitol for the purchase of a lot where the new Argao district hospital is now relocated.
Capitol also gave out P5.5 million for the construction of new public market stalls, as well as fund for the purchase of vehicles that ferry the chicken dung as fertilizer distributed to farmers in the mountain barangays.
The Province also shelled out P5 million for the construction of the town’s first Farmer’s Scientist Training Program (FSTP) building.
Last year, Argao received P15 million out of the total P82 million in financial assistance the Capitol extended to the town since 2013.
Also present during the Argao groundbreaking ceremonies were town councilors including Jonathan Caminade-Villegas Sr. and barangay captains, as well as Provincial Board Member Tata Salvador.
Davide and Magpale also graced the graduation of the (FSTP) attended by Dr. Romulo Davide, Capitol consultant for agriculture and provincial agriculturist Roldan Saragena.
Before noon, the Capitol officials spearheaded the distribution of food packs to 1,500 senior citizens during the Halad alang kang Lolo ug Lola in Barangay Cawayan, Dalaguete.