Halad reaches out to elderly in Mandaue, 2 southern towns

A total of 4,128 senior citizens of Mandaue City got their early Christmas gift from the Cebu Provincial Government, after Gov. Hilario P. Davide III and Vice Gov. Agnes A. Magpale distributed food packs and hygiene kits in their respective villages on Thursday, Dec. 6.

The governor and vice governor have been visiting different villages in the Province to bring assistance to the senior citizens.

Last Nov. 29, Davide and Magpale were also in the southern towns of Alcoy and Dalaguete to distribute food packs and hygiene kits to the elderly.

A total of 1,940 senior citizens from Barangays Nug-as, Guiwang, Daanlungsod, San Agustin, Atabay, Poblacion, Pasol, and Pugalo in Alcoy and in Barangay Malones in Dalaguete benefited from the Capitol program’s Halad sa Gugma alang kang Lolo ug Lola.

“Ginagmay apan kinasingkasing,” Magpale told the senior citizens.

Senior citizens from Barangays Jagobiao, Labogon, Paknaan, Bakilid and Banilad were the recent beneficiaries of the Halad program.

In Jagobiao, Magpale said there are a total of 1,066 barangays in the whole Province that will surely receive the assistance extended by the Capitol to the senior citizens.

“Ang tanang senior citizens makadawat. Di mi mangutana unsa inyong partido. Ang atong gobyerno wa gyud magpabaya natong mga senior citizens,” she said.

Health and social services, which include the provision of basic services to the poor and vulnerable sector, is number one in the Six-Key Development Agenda of the Davide-Magpale administration.

During the distribution of goods, the governor assured that all the senior citizens as long as included in the master list of the senior citizens’ federation will receive the food packs and hygiene kits.

“Naningkamot pud kita unsay matabang ug mahatag nato sa senior citizens, ato gyud ihatag sa matag barangay. Ginagmay lang ni apan gikan kini sa gugma sa inyong mga opisyales sa Cebu Provincial Government,” said Davide.

Floro Soringa Sr., a 69-year-old resident of Jagobiao, was thankful for the gifts that the Capitol had given to him, and he hopes that such a program will continue.

He also requested the Capitol to provide the senior citizens with the medicine they need because, just like him, he has medicine to take.

Sixty-eight-year-old Lydia Toleroso of Paknaan was also grateful to the Capitol officials.

Just like Soringa, she also requested for medicine supply for her and for his husband’s asthma.

Barangay Captain Michael Masinas of Labogon and Barangay Captain Malaquias Soco of Paknaan said that they were grateful to the leaders of the Province of Cebu for choosing their barangays as beneficiaries of the program for the senior citizens.

Lawyer Baldomero Estenzo, who will run as sixth district representative in the next year’s poll, was the guest during the event.

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