TOLOSA, Leyte– Thousands of Leyteños benefited from the ‘Bagong Pilipinas’ Serbisyo Fair held in this town last Saturday (Sept. 23).
The launching of the Bagong Pilipinas caravan, the brand of governance of the Marcos administration, was led by House Speaker and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez(1st district) and Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho ‘Icot’ Petilla.
Rep. Jude Acidre of the Tingog party-list group, Leyte Vice Gov. Leonardo ‘Sandy’ Javier, and his wife, Rep. Lolita Javier (2nd dist.) and Tolosa Mayor Edwin Ocaña, and representatives from various national line government agencies were also present during the whole-day event.
In his message, Gov.Petilla was thankful for bringing the serbisyo fair to Leyte which would benefit ordinary Leyteños.
Speaker Romualdez, for his part, said that the caravan will also be brought to other parts of the region.
“This is gift of the President sa lahat ng mga mamamayan sa buong Pilipinas. Itong Serbisyo Fair ay iikot para makita talaga ng taong bayan kung gaano ka importante ang serbisyo ng gobyerno para sa inyo,” Romualdez said.
Among government agencies that participated and rendered services during the two-day caravan were the Department of Labor and Employment(DOLE) which gave pay-out to 1,800 beneficiaries of Tulong Pangkabuhayahn para sa mga Disadvantage/Displaced Worker(TUPAD) from the towns of Alangalang, Tanauan, and Tolosa; pay-out to Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) for 18 beneficiaries from Tolosa, and for the 196 beneficiaries for the Government Internship Program; and awarding of checks to the beneficiaries under its Integrated Livelihood Projects from Pastrana town.
The Department of Science and Technology released funds handed to the beneficiaries under its Grants-in-Aid project funding to farmers associations from the towns of Sta. Fe, Matag-ob, and San Isidro, and to the Department of Tourism -8 for the establishment of the Science and Tourism Initiative (STI) in the province.
They also turned over assistance for the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrade Program (SETUP) at a total amount of P3.33 million.
For the Department of Social Welfare and Development, a total of 7,000 beneficiaries received assistance under its assistance for individuals in crisis situations, and 104 beneficiaries for the sustainable livelihood program.
Five beneficiaries also received P40,000 each from the Department of Migrant Workers under its livelihood program for OFW reintegration.
The Department of Agrarian Reform, meanwhile, turned over certificates of land ownership award to five beneficiaries. They also turned over farm machineries and equipment to 10 beneficiaries, and livelihood support to five beneficiaries.
These agencies are among the more than 40 government offices that participated in the two-day event in Tolosa town and simultaneously held in other local government units in the different parts of the country.
(ROEL T. AMAZONA)