Florencio ‘Bem’ Noel

TACLOBAN CITY- The An Waray party-list group will give focus on providing livelihood, aside from its regular programs.
This was revealed by former congressman Florencio ‘Bem’ Noel, first nominee of the party-list for this year’s midterm elections.
According to Noel, considering that the government is also giving free education for college students and free health care, they have decided to give importance on livelihood opportunities as its major thrust.
“We have been focusing on trying to help the district congressmen to push for programs that will send children to school, provide jobs and help to be able to send sick family members to hospital,” Noel said.
“(But)now that these services are now included on the programs of the government such as free education, the universal health care for the sick, An Waray will shift its focus on providing livelihood to help address poverty,” he added.
Noel said that they will coordinate with other government agencies like the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) on their livelihood-related programs.
He added that by giving opportunities to the people, particularly those coming from poor families, will somehow address the problem on poverty as this could open employment opportunities to them.
Still, the An Waray party-list would continue to provide free medical services by putting up funds at the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center as well as allocate for its scholarship program for poor but deserving students.
Noel said that for the past couple of weeks now, he has been going around, visiting even remote areas in the region which give him idea on the real condition of the villagers.
“It is good that I am able to go out and observe the real problems of the families,” he said.
The An Waray party-list group also launched a program dubbed as ‘One Visayas’ which aim to help promote the tourism industry of the region as well as boots its local products.