Governor Amado I. Espino III led the Provincial Government in bringing various services of the Abig Pangasinan Karaban in Sitio Mapita, Barangay Laoag, a mountainous remote area in Aguilar on February 20.
Sitio Mapita is located about 20 kilometers from the main highway and can be reached within 45 minutes through the Daang Katutubo Road that cuts a path through the rolling hills of Pangasinan. The area has been temporarily closed to visitors to prevent delays in its ongoing construction.
Local residents together with Mayor Roldan C. Sagles warmly welcomed Gov. Espino and party as he expressed his gratitude to Governor Espino and the Provincial Government for bringing the programs in their town.
In his response, Gov. Espino commended the locals of Aguilar for their continuous support in the programs of the provincial government as he also urged the unity and cooperation of the locals for the betterment of the province.
“Salamat sa pagmamahal na binibigay niyo hindi lamang sa inyong pamilya pati na rin sa buong provincial government. Sama-sama po tayong alagaan ang mga kababayan po natin hindi lamang po sa Aguilar kundi po sa buong Pangasinan,” said Gov. Espino.
The Abig Pangasinan Karaban is the mobile economic recovery program of the Provincial Government led by Governor Espino which aims to assist Pangasinenses affected by COVID-19.
The Abig Pangasinan Karaban is consist of various services to support different sectors of the province, which includes: Kabuhayan Palengke Karaban purchases products from small-scale vendors which will be brought to the 14 government-run hospitals of the province; Karagdagang Pangkabuhayan (Cash for Work) awards cash pay-outs for fifteen beneficiaries; Kalinisan Karaban collects plastic wastes at P20 per kilo in exchanged for grocery items, school supplies, cellphone loads, and other items. Plastic wastes collected from the Kalinisan Karaban are turned into eco-bricks that can be used for infrastructure projects of the province.
LGU-Aguilar also received units of grass cutter as a logistical support to the Kalinisan Karaban.
Another component of Abig Pangasinan Karaban is the Food Production Support including the distribution of agricultural inputs to the Mapita Tribal Association, which includes: fruit-bearing tree seedlings, vegetable seedlings, knapsack sprayers, distribution hose, and garden tools.
Abig Pangasinan Karaban also brought information desks for inquiries on livelihood assistance program (LAP), Tulong sa Pagsasanay at Trabaho or skills training and petcare services.
Provincial Health Officer Anna De Guzman, together with some doctors from the government-run hospitals, led the Abig Laman ed Barangay – Mini Kalusugan Karaban, the modified version of I Love Pangasinan Kalusugan Karaban which offers free health care services, vitamins and medicines.
Also present during the program were Mapita Tribal Association Chieftain Pablo Bacyat, General Services Officer Gladish Domalanta, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Emil Samson, Provincial Agriculturist Dalisay Moya, Provincial Population, Cooperative and Livelihood Development Officer Ellsworth Gonzales, and Provincial Information Officer Orpheus Velasco.
/Diane A. Tinambacan