Social services reach grassroots thru “People’s Day”

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, May 21 (PIA) — “ OUR HOME – Bringing Services to your Doorstep” is the City Government of San Fernando’s social services tag line as they bring various services closer to the people through the “People’s Day.”

The program, now on its second month, is one of the priority programs of Mayor Pablo Ortega, together with Vice-Mayor Herminegildo “Dong” Gualberto, and the Sangguniang Panglunsod.

A total of seven barangays belonging to the 11th district of the city benefited from the city services. The barangays include Cabarsican, Nagyubuyuban, Pacpaco, Pao Sur, and Norte, Sacyud and the host barangay – Masicong.

Services offered included free medical consultation, dental, legal, supplemental feeding, circumcision, lectures/information dissemination on health, agriculture, ordinances, real-property, jobs/employment, environmental programs, permits/licensing, and the like.

Financial assistance amounting to P100,000 were given each to the seven barangays including one complete computer set each, and school supplies for children.

During the lecture forum, city agriculturist Eduvijes Flores said that of the palay seed subsidy where every 40 kilos of certified palay seeds cost P1,200, the farmers will now only pay P1,000 – the excess of P200 will be subsidized by the city government, plus an additional one sack of fertilizer.

Flores also urged farmers to apply for subsistence farmer certification so they can also avail of the special benefit which is the exemption from payment of business permit and daily cash ticket if they want to sell their produce in the market.

City environment Officer Valmar Valdez spoke on the environmental program benefits where their department can provide up to 200 seedlings for free to anybody who’s in need of plants to grow and willing to nurture them for 25 years. This program is part of their Integrated Social Program.

City Councilor Lolita Dyquiangco, committee chair on Education, said that all the city public schools are now preparing for back-to-school activities.

She further said that the training for teachers on the K to 12 program will start Monday, May 21, as well as the Brigada Eskwela which encourages participation from parents, all the city personnel, and other line-agencies.

In his statement, Ortega said these benefits were given to address the priority needs of each barangay provided that these benefits will be taken care of and should serve the priority purpose. (MPA-PIA1, La Union)

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