BARONDA ROLLS OUT ‘GUGMA DAY’: Social services caravan benefits 1,000 Ilonggos

first_img“I went around after the elections andI continue to go around even until today and I harvest concerns and wish listsfrom people. And then I try to do something within my means to bridge gaps andplug holes. This is one of the concerns brought to my attention. I am happy tohelp,” she said. Baronda’s office will capacitate thefisherfolks’ associations by training and guiding them comply with thedocumentary requirements for them to avail of more government programs. Theywill be taught to do the minutes of the meeting, monthly reports, financialreports and the like. Department of Health (DOH) regionaldirector Marilyn Convocar was also present as Baronda’s brainchild“Balik-Sigla” program was launched. Under the initiative, 14 physicaltherapists were engaged under the DOLE Government Internship Program and willbe supervised by DOH to offer professional rehabilitative programs to strokesurvivors. [health, obra, peace and order,education] FOR SERVICE, RAIN OR SHINE. Iloilo City’s Rep. Julienne “Jam” Baronda helps a traffic aide put on a raincoat. A total of 291 traffic aides received rain protective gears from the city’s first congresswoman to shield them from inclement weather while on duty. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN The Department of Labor and Employment(DOLE), through Secretary Bello and Regional Director Cyril Ticao, distributedmotorized bancas to 11 fisherfolkassociations to help them earn a living and reboot the fishing sector in thecoastal villages of the city. The part-time tricycle driver said, “Dako gid nga pasalamat kay maka-avail kami biskan gamay lang nga bulong.” Baronda sought the help of Bello whenshe learned that the fishers in Iloilo City were having a hard time with theirincome and could not fish due to dilapidated pumpboats. Bello, meanwhile, vowed to support theemployment programs that Baronda wants to bring to Iloilo City such as the trainingfor those who want to work abroad to be conducted by the Technical Educationand Skills Development Authority (TESDA). She also extends her gratitude to ArlaFoods Corp. Philippines/Fly Ace Corporation, Pepsi Cola Products Philippines,Inc., Gold River Management and Development Corporation, Virginia Foods, Inc.,and Sue’s Cake. ILOILO City – Despite his hecticschedule, Labor secretary Silvestre Bello III flew in here yesterday to attendthe launching of “Gugma Day” of Lone District Rep. Julienne “Jam” Baronda, aprogram that brought social services to hundreds of beneficiaries and rolledout employment programs. “This is just the beginning. We willmake this bigger and better,” said the neophyte legislator who was described byBello in his speech as “beautiful and hardworking.” The warm reception of thosewho came to the Legislative District Office (LDO) inspired Baronda to do moreand make it way better. Baronda, meanwhile, thanks the IloiloCity Government headed by Mayor Treñas for partnering in the program along withCity Health Office, DOLE, DOH, Philippine Red Cross Iloilo Chapter, Universityof Iloilo-PHINMA College of Nursing, Globe Telecom, Inc., SmartTelecommunications, Inc., Redeeming the Nation Foundation, Inc., St. AugustineSchool of Nursing, Panay Marian Rose Foundation, Inc., United Fraternities andSororities of Panay, Physical Therapists Registered Phils., WVSU MedicalCenter, Department of Social Welfare and Development, lawyers and the office ofCouncilor Love Baronda and the City Council led by Vice Mayor Jeffrey Ganzon. “I can’t thank enough the goodSecretary Bello for joining us today despite his very busy schedule, and forthe employment programs he has shared with us. Rest assured your firstcongresswoman will not stop working until I deliver the promise of H.O.P.E. Baronda told the nearly 1,000beneficiaries and guests that “Gugma Day” will be a regular periodic socialservices initiative of her office in partnership with Mayor Jerry Treñas and theCity Hall to bring medical, dental and other government services closer to theIlonggos, especially those in the periphery. She emphasized that more programs willbe brought in and additional government agencies will be enjoined as “GugmaDay” goes to more districts in the city to benefit more marginalized Ilonggocitizens. It will be held sustainably in all the seven districts in the nextfew weeks. Baronda also distributed uniforms to195 Barangay Service Point Officers (BSPOs), 174 Supplemental FeedingWorkers, 97 Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS), 168 Barangay Health Workers(BHWs) and raincoats to 291 traffic aides. He said DOLE will help Ilonggo nurseswho want to work in Germany, Canada or to China, as well as other Iloiloresidents who want to work in Japan. Others may opt to work as butchers inAustralia, too. Dominggo Barias of Barangay Magdalo,La Paz district lined up early hoping to get checked up. He was attended to bythe doctors and the 72-year-old was all too happy to bring home free medicines. Joselito Animas of Barangay Sto. NiñoSur, Villa Arevalo thanked Baronda for the initiative saying, “Gapasalamat gid kami kay Cong. Jam-JamBaronda. Syempre ang amon man nga mgamyembro gapasalamat gid nga may nabaton kami nga grasya. Magamit gid ini namonsa amon pagpangisda.” which I made last elections. Those were not empty promises norpromises made to be broken but promises to be delivered to the Ilonggo people,”Baronda said. Fisher Ronnie Mandal of BarangayCalumpang, Molo district is thankful that they have a new pumpboat to use. The51-year-old father said, “Dako gidmabulig sa amon kay ang pagpangisda lang ang amon nga ginapangitan-an.” Baronda also wishes to thank membersof the media particularly the Iloilo City Hall Press Corps for their help./PNlast_img

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