“It’s important to let them know that they are being cared for by the government.”
This was the message that Vice Gov. Agnes A. Magpale would like to convey to the elderly sector in Cebu Province as the Capitol continues to innovate ways on how to improve the assistance it is giving to them.
For years, Gov. Hilario P. Davide III and Magpale, through the Province’s Halad sa Gugma Alang Kang Lolo ug Lola program, have been distributing food packs and hygiene kits as well as medical assistance to the senior citizens.
From January to September this year, a total of 46,371 seniors received food packs and hygiene kits from the Capitol. They are from the Cities of Mandaue and Naga, and the towns of Alegria, Badian, Consolacion, Argao, Ginatilan, Moalboal, San Fernando, City of Naga and Carmen.
The food packs include three-kilo of rice, canned goods, milk and oatmeal. Ointments are included in the hygiene kits.
“All over the province ni. Regardless of political party affiliation, tanan gyud. When we go around, all the 60 (years old) and above in that area (will receive food packs),” said Magpale.
The vice governor admitted that there are senior citizens from various towns they visited have inquired if they could also get cash aid similar to that from highly urbanized cities like Cebu City.
“The clamor is really for cash. Moingon pareha unta sa Cebu City nga cash. Among gi-compute perti man gyung dakoa kay daghan man kaayo sa province, billion man aboton. Para namo na-appreciate man kaayo ang bugas so we started (providing in-kind assistance),” said Magpale.
The vice governor assured that the Capitol will continue to find ways to assist the needs of the senior citizens in the province.
“We remember them, so we go to them and we have this Halad,” said Magpale.
Health and social services, which includes increasing the provision of basic services especially to the poor and vulnerable sectors, is the number one of the Six-Key Development Agenda of Davide and Magpale under their mantra, “Kalambuan sa Matag Sugbuanon.”
The other five development agenda are countryside development; education and technical vocational training; environmental protection, climate change and disaster risk management; infrastructure development, tourism and investment promotion; and law and order.