“Magtulungan po tayo dahil ito naman ang sikreto ng ganitong mga problema… ‘yung nagkakaintindihan tayo at nagkakaisa.”
This was disclosed by Governor Amado I. Espino III as he urged Pangasinenses to continue supporting the Provincial Government of Pangasinan in its fight against COVID-19 during the staging of Abig Pangasinan in Alaminos City on April 29.
Governor Espino also noted that with unity, patience and discipline, the people of Pangasinan can surpass the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Anusan tayo to sitwasyon. Magkaisa tayo for only one purpose na mairaos po natin itong problema… wala pong problema sa buhay na hindi nairaos ng isang tao,” Governor Espino stated.
ABIG PANGASINAN IN ALAMINOS. Governor Amado I. Espino III (top photo) highlights cooperation of Pangasinenses as the key to fight the COVID-19 and its effect on Pangasinenses during the staging of Abig Pangasinan in Alaminos City on April 29. Gov. Espino also reminded Pangasinenses to follow the minimum health protocols to stop the spread of the virus in Pangasinan to protect each other. Provincial Health Officer Anna Maria Teresa De Guzman (lower photo) leads the Abig Laman ed Barangay, a key component of Abig Pangasinan. /PJES (Photo by Jin Perez)
The provincial chief executive also called on Pangasinenses to observe minimum health standards, such as wearing of face mask along with face shield, physical distancing, regular handwashing and sanitizing to prevent transmission of the virus.
First District Board Member Margielou Orange Humilde-Verzosa also noted that the Abig Pangasinan Karaban is one way of the provincial government in bringing its love and service to all Pangasinenses.
“Mapalad po tayo sa araw na ito sapagkat nandito ang probinsya ng Pangasinan kasama ang buong mga kawani nito upang ipaabot ang serbisyo at pagmamahal ng probinsya ng Pangasinan sa lahat po ng Alaminians,” BM Verzosa said.
The Abig Pangasinan Karaban is the socio-economic recovery of the province that aims to provide assistance to affected Pangasinenses due to COVID-19 pandemic.
The three major components of the Abig Pangasinan Karaban include: Kabuhayan Palengke Karaban where products such as vegetable and meat are bought from locals vendors and are distributed to the 14 government-run hospitals in the province; Karagdagang Pangkabuhayan or Cash-for-Work which grants financial assistance to different sectors groups who assisted in the Abig Pangasinan Karaban; and Kalinisan Karaban where collected plastic wastes from Pangasinenses are bought at P20.00 a kilo and exchanged with grocery items, rice, school supplies, cell phone loads and other items available at the mobile store.
Highlighting the objectives of Kalinisan Karaban, Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Provincial Federation President Jerome Vic Espino urged locals to support the program.
“Ang gagawin lang po natin ay magpupulot ng plastik na basura at ipapalit po doon sa mobile store na umiikot sa probinsya,” BM Espino said.
The provincial government also distributed food production support, including assorted vegetable seedlings, fruit-bearing tree seedlings, rechargeable knapsack sprayers, water pumps and others.
Information desks and support services for the livelihood assistance program (LAP), Tulong sa Pagsasanay at Trabaho or skills training are also stationed at the Abig Pangasinan Karaban.
On the same day, Abig Laman ed Barangay served free medical healthcare services to the locals of Alaminos City, including: medical and pediatric services, laboratory tests, ECG and X-ray services, and free vitamins and medicines.
Also present during the program were: Agno Mayor Gualberto Sison, Mabini Mayor Ariel De Guzman, Alamino City Former Vice Mayor Earl Aquino, some barangay captains of Alaminos City, Alaminos City SK Federation President Loverly Bernabe, and some department heads of the provincial government. /Shiella Mae C. De Guzman
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