By: Mielmia Marie T. Baquiran
Cagayan Governor Alvaro T. Antonio recently awarded a total of P8.7M worth of financial assistance to the various barangays in three different towns in the province namely Piat, Sto Nino and Rizal and LGU Piat. The awarding was held at the municipal gymnasium, Centro, Piat last January 4, 2013, with the participation of different provincial, municipal and barangay officials.
Governor Antonio, who is an advocate of grassroots governance, emphasized that the financial assistance is one of the manifestations of his administration’s support for the progress and development of the countryside, especially the barangays in said municipalities.
Speaking to municipal and barangay officials, Governor Antonio said “I am now giving you the opportunity to pursue your requested programs and projects in your respective barangays. Being the leaders of your own barangays and towns, you are the ones who know most what our constituents need. Therefore, with these funds, let us continue to turn the wheels of progress in the province. Let us work together to achieve a better Cagayan,” he added.
Meanwhile, Vice Governor Leonides “Odi” N. Fausto, who also graced the occasion reiterated Governor’s message that the local government has been supportive of the programs of the various barangays. He added that to nurture governance that has continuity. “As your leaders, we will continue what we have started when we took our seats as your public servants,” Vice Governor said.
Piat, Sto. Nino and Rizal each received a total amount of P2.9 M as financial assistance. The barangays in the said municipalities received a total of P100, 000 each for funding of various projects. LGU Piat received P 1M for the proposed construction of mini-gym in barangay Maguilling.
Among the barangay projects include concreting of barangay roads; construction of water system, multi-purpose pavement, farm-to-market roads, multi-purpose building, day care centers, barangay stage, mini-gym, perimeter fences; installation of streetlights, day care centers, multi-purpose drying pavements, etc.
The barangays officials were also given goods from the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO).
The awarding was also a venue for the BISE-GOV Seminar (Barangay Integration for Excellence and Good Governance) with the theme “Fostering Barangays as Self-reliant Communities Thru Disaster Preparedness and Livelihood Promotion and Development.” The seminar aims to equip the barangay officials with various topics that will help them in running their respective barangays.
A lecture on RA 10121 or the Phil. Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act 2010 was led by Bonifacio Cuarteros of the PSWDO/ PCCDRRMC. He discussed the salient points of the law and the roles of the province, the municipal and the barangay officials and the general public during disasters and calamities.
A total of 774 barangay officials participated in the said seminar cum awarding.
The activity also featured a brief lecture on “Gobyerno Ti Umili,” the principle behind it and the role of the local folks in the said governance.
Joining Governor Antonio and Vice Governor Fausto were 2nd District Board Members Jessie Usita and Melvin Vargas, Jr.; ABC President Vince Pagurayan; Mayor Leonel Guzman and Vice Mayor Black Villacete of Piat; Mayor Andrew Vince Pagurayan of Sto. Nino; Mayor Joel Ruma and Vice Mayor Jonas Ruma of Rizal, the staff of People’s Action Center (PAC), Office of the Governor, Office of the Vice Governor, staff of the PSWDO, Provincial Information Office and media.