By Angelyn S. Lacambra
Cagayan Governor Alvaro T. Antonio together with Agbiag Party-list conducted an outreach activity to the residents of Calayan, Cagayan on May 19-21, 2012. Dubbed as “one-stop-shop” caravan, the activity is an endeavor of the Provincial Government which started when Governor Antonio took his seat as the leader of the province in 2007. The services extended during the 3-day outreach activity were medical and dental services along depressed barangays of Calayan, livelihood and small-infrastructure assistance, social services to indigents particularly the Senior Citizens, and the conduct of Bin-I Ti Agtutubo examination to some incoming first-year students of the municipality.
In his message, to the people in Calayan, Governor Antonio said this is an opportune time for his administration to thank the people of Calayan for their contribution in the development and progress of the province. “Your municipality is one among the tourist potentials in the region which gives pride and helps boost our local economy. Your home-made products and delicacies are manifestations of your creativity, skills, and uniqueness. Do not take your God-given abilities for granted, instead, enhance them more so that you can benefit from it. Continue to be productive to have a better life in the future. Your hard work will not only benefit you but your family and municipality as well. We hope that through this yearly endeavor, we will continue to be partners in making our province productive and our tourism industry a continuous boom,” Governor Antonio said.
Meanwhile, the one-stop-shop caravan aimed to bring aid and medical services to the people of Calayan especially to residents of its remotest barangays. Yearly, indigent families are accorded with free medical-dental services, infrastructure and livelihood assistances and other social services. This year, the PGC scheduled an examination to accommodate Bin-I Ti Agtutubo scholars to twenty aspiring scholars from Calayan.
On the other hand, Vice Governor Leonides N. Fausto expressed his gratitude to the residents of Calayan for the cooperation they showed since their first visit to the place. “Through unity we will be able to achieve our goals and we will reach what we aspire for. Our battle-cry, Gobyerno Ti Umili depicts that we have one common vision which is to make our province a better place to live in. Let us then continue to work together to reap success,” Vice Governor Fausto added.
Moreover, Calayan Mayor Alfonso Llopis extended his heartfelt thanks to the provincial government and other linkages which conducted the caravan. He said that the aid they received will benefit the residents of the municipality. “We expect that this endeavor will be a continuous effort from our partners. The people of Calayan will be waiting for the services you will extend in the future,” Llopis said.
A total of 1621 patients were given free medical assistance while 129 patients were given dental services. 83 patients were accommodated for circumcision and excision.
The provincial government also awarded P1 million fund to the municipality. The fund will be used for various livelihood programs and infrastructure projects of the town. Almost a million was likewise imparted to some barangays of Calayan namely: Babuyan Claro, Balatubat, Cabudadan, Centro 2, Dadao, Dibay, Dilam, Magsidel, Naguillian, and Poblacion. The fund will be utilized for various infrastructure programs of the municipality such as concreting and construction of irrigation canals, purchase of jetmatic pumps, concreting of roads, and rehabilitation of spring developments. Seven (7) residents were given P50,000 assistance for livelihood projects.
Agbiag Partylist gave 500 packs of rice, clothings, and slippers to a total of 528 residents. Sports equipments were also given by the Provincial Sports Committee.
Also joining the caravan were PNP Provincial Director Mao R. Aplasca, PCL President Alexander Daguna, 1st District Board Member Joseph Llopis and 2nd District Board Member Melvin K. Vargas, Jr., Congresswoman Aline V. Alfonso, PHO, PPDO project monitoring team, PAC, EEO, PSWDO, and LGU-Calayan.