“Binabalanse po natin yung safety at yung ekonomiya po ng buong probinsya.”
This was the message of Governor Amado I. Espino III who led the Provincial Government of Pangasinan in bringing the services of the Abig Pangasinan Karaban to the Municipality of Villasis on January 13.
“We are 5000 strong employees in the Provincial Government. Kahit hanggang sabado po nagtatrabaho para po maihatid sa inyo ang serbisyo. Narito po kami. Tulong-tulong po tayo para pangalagaan hindi lang po ang Bayan ng Villasis kung hindi, maging ang buong probinsiya ng Pangasinan,” said Gov. Espino.
The Abig Pangasinan, a brainchild project of Gov. Espino, is a recovery program which consists of different services that will address the socio-economic challenges faced by Pangasinenses due to the pandemic.
“Ito po ang hinihiling ko mga kababayaan natin, tiyagain po natin. Tulungan po natin ang ating mga frontliners at maging bayani po kayo sa inyong mga pamilya,” said Gov. Espino as he encouraged Pangasinenses to unite and follow protocols amidst COVID-19.
Through the Abig Pangasinan Karaban, services of the Provincial Government such as the Kabuhayan Palengke Karaban, Karagdagang Pangkabuhayan (Cash-for-Work), Kalinisan Karaban, Food Production Support Project such as distribution ng water pumps at rechargeable knapsack sprayers, vegetable seedlings, fruit bearing trees, and tilapia fingerlings, turn-over of grass cutter, Livelihood Assistance Program at Tulong sa Pagsasanay at Trabaho are brought closer to Pangasinenses.
Under the Kabuhayan Palengke Karaban, which aims to increase the income of Pangasinense farmers, fisherfolks, and animal growers, purchases products sold by 38 Villasis vendors and are brought to the 14 government-owned hospitals to be prepared as meals for patients.
Cash pay-out were also awarded to 15 beneficiaries, including out-of-school youths (OSYs), Child Development Workers (CDWs), persons with disabilities (PWDs), and women and solo parent groups through the Karagdagang Pangkabuhayan (Cash for Work) program of the Provincial Government.
The Karagdagang Pangkabuhayan is another component of the Abig Pangasinan that provides additional financial capacity to different sectors by working in a community project that would benefit the public.
The Kalinisan Karaban, which was launched in 2019, collects plastic waste materials to be exchanged for goods like grocery items, school supplies, and other items. Plastic waste materials are bought by the Provincial Government for P20.00 per kilo.
In-line with the cleanliness and environment protection campaign, the Provincial Government also turned-over one grass cutter to the local government of Labrador as a part of the logistical support in Kalinisan Karaban.
The Provincial Government also distributed food production support to different associations including: farm-ready vegetable seedlings and rechargeable knapsack sprayer (5 associations), fruit-bearing tree seedlings and rechargeable knapsack sprayer (5), fruit-bearing tree seedlings (1), tilapia fingerlings and rechargeable knapsack sprayer (2), and water pump and rechargeable knapsack sprayer (6).
Joining Governor Espino were Villasis Mayor Nonato Abrenica, Board Member Rosary Gracia Perez-Tababa, Board Member Nicholi Jan Louie Sison, Board Member Jerome Vic Espino, Pangasinan Provincial Population, Cooperative and Livelihood Development Officer Ellsworth Gonzales, Provincial Agriculturist Dalisay Moya, General Services Officer Evan Gladish Domalanta, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Emilio Samson Jr., Provincial Information Officer Orpheus Velasco, Assistant Provincial Veterinarian Jovito Tabarejos, and members of the Sangguniang Bayan and Sangguniang Kabataan of Villasis.
Meanwhile, the Provincial Government of Pangasinan also brought the Abig Laman ed Barangay which provides free medical services including medical and pediatric consultations, laboratory services Tuberculosis control program using the mobile chest x-ray, skin disease consultation, electrocardiogram test (ECG), and provision of potable water access.
Free medicines and vitamins were also distributed to Pangasinenses.
Provincial Health Officer Anna Ma. Teresa De Guzman led the Abig Laman ed Barangay with Dr. Donn Doria, Dr. Arnulfo Olivar, Dr. Gloria Liberato, and Dr. Rio Florendo of government-run hospitals such as Urdaneta District Hospital and Rural Health Unit of Villasis.
/Paula Jhea Sison