Mayor Cristina Romualdez continues her visit and assistance to barangay people of Tacloban City. Photo shows the city mayor talking with residents of Barangay 12 during the recent Barangayan. (ALEX ALAMOS, CIO)

TACLOBAN CITY-Residents of six northern barangays, this city, availed of the free services being offered by the Community Outreach Program of the city government on Thursday(Sept.7) in Barangay 12-Palanog.
Mayor Cristina G. Romualdez led the holding of the Caring Giving and Reaching Out ‘Barangayan’ held at the gymnasium of Brgy. 12(Palanog) which started at 8 am and was availed of by nearby Barangays 37-A, 94, 94-A, 103 and 104.
Rosalie Gahol, 27 of Barangay 12, was one of those who lined up early for the Barangayan to avail of the free medical services for her 2-year old daughter who was sick with cough and colds.
According to her, it was a relief that she would not have to go to the city center to avail of medical services for her daughter.
“Salamat kan Mayor Cristina kay gindara ha amon Barangay an mga libre nga serbisyo han City Government. Tungod nga harayo an am Barangay talagsa la kami makapacheck-up; pero tungod hini nga Barangayan nakatagamtam kami hini nga serbisyo,”(I am grateful to Mayor Cristina for bringing this free services to our Barangay. We hardly avail of medical services because our Barangay is far from the City Center; but because of the Barangayan we availed of free medical services.) Gahol said.
Meantime, the Chief Executive said that it is her personal commitment to bring much needed services of the city government to far-flung communities, hence the conduct of community outreach program monthly.
The half-day activity not only allowed residents to avail of free medical services, but free live birth processing and employment services from the City Civil Registrar’s Office and the Public Employment and Services Office (PESO), respectively.
Veterinary services like immunization of dogs and distribution of vitamins were also brought by the City Veterinary Office to the area.
Among the other services delivered during the Barangayan were free haircut by staff from the Cristina’s Learn and Earn Program (CLEP); assessment of persons with disabilities (PWDs) and senior citizens for eligibility to services of the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) like cash and livelihood assistance.
A feeding program for malnourished kids and other nutrition services courtesy of the City Nutrition Office also highlighted the activity.
The residents also had the chance to interact and talk firsthand with Mayor Romualdez who personally supervised the outreach program.