“ITULOY niyo po ang disiplina at pagtitiyaga para sa inyong mga pamilya.”
This was the call of Governor Amado I. Espino III as he led the staging of the Abig Pangasinan in Umingan on January 16.
The Abig Pangasinan, a brainchild project of Governor Espino, is a “one-stop-shop” recovery program of the Provincial Government of Pangasinan, which aims to uplift the lives of Pangasineses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Governor Espino, in his message, assured support and assistance to Pangasinenses to help them cope with and recover from, the adverse effects of COVID-19.
The provincial chief executive also commended the local government unit of Umingan for its remarkable COVID-19 management.
The governor also urged Umingan townsfolk to collect plastic wastes in exchange of grocery items, school supplies and others at the Kalinisan Karaban mobile store under the Abig Pangasinan.
“Wala ng plastic sa barangay niyo, malinis na ang barangay at may grocery pa kayo,” said the governor noting that collected plastic wastes in Kalinisan Karaban are also converted into bricks by the provincial government for infrastructure projects.
Plastic waste materials are exchanged with grocery items, school supplies or cellular phone load at P20 per kilo.
In addition to the Kalinisan Karaban, the Abig Pangasinan in Umingan also brought other programs of the provincial government, namely: Kabuhayan Palengke Karaban; Karagdagang Pangkabuhayan (Cash-for-Work); Food Production Support including the distribution of rechargeable knapsack sprayers (29 units), vegetable seedlings (65 trays) fruit-bearing tree seedlings (1,930 pieces), tilapia fingerlings (10,000 pieces), cast nets (3 pieces) and water pumps (8 units); information desks to avail of free skills training training and livelihood assistance program (LAP).
The Palengke Karaban, which aims to increase the income of Pangasinense farmers, fisherfolks, and animal growers, bought all the vegetables, meat, fish, and other products sold by small-scale vendors. These products will be brought to the 14 government-owned hospitals to be prepared as meals for patients.
Cash pay-out was also awarded to 15 beneficiaries through the Karagdagang Pangkabuhayan (Cash for Work) program.
Meanwhile, the Abig Laman ed Barangay which was simultaneously held nearby was led by Provincial Health Officer Anna De Guzman along with other doctors of the government-run hospitals in the province.
Under the Abig Laman ed Barangay or the mini Kalusugan Karaban of the province, Pangasinenses can avail of free medicines, medical consultation, pedia services, laboratory tests and X-ray services.
LGU-Umingan also received a unit of grasscutter from the provincial government.
“Maraming-maraming salamat po mahal naming Governor Espino. Kahit ganito sa gitna ng pandemya ay nandito kayo,” said Umingan Mayor Michael Cruz who also commended the Abig Pangasinan Karaban of the provincial government.
Also present during the program were: Sangguniang Panlalawigan members Noel C. BInce, Salvador Perez Jr. and Jerome Vic Espino; Umingan Vice Mayor Daneking Nobles, and some department heads of the provincial government. /Shiella Mae C. De Guzman
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