The provincial government led by Governor Amado I. Espino, III has brought his brainchild projects — the Kalusugan Karaban and Kalinisan Karaban to Balungao town on August 1.
With the governor were: Pangasinan First Lady Karina Padua-Espino; Board Members Noel C. Bince, Salvador S. Perez, Jr., and Jose Peralta (Liga ng mga Barangay Provincial President); and local officials led by Balungao Mayor Ma. Theresa R. Peralta.
Expressing gratitude to the townsfolk for their patronage to the flagship programs of the provincial government, Governor Espino, during the opening program held at Balungao Central School, have asked the locals to help spread awareness on the Kalusugan Karaban and Kalinisan Karaban.
“Spreading awareness on these two projects enables everyone to maximize the services of these programs,” he said.
The Kalusugan Karaban, a mobile health services project, turns three-year-old in September (It is now on its Season 5).
The Kalinisan Karaban, on the other hand, was launched January 6 this year at the Capitol grounds in Lingayen. It is an innovative environmental protection program that entices Pangasinenses to convert plastic wastes into valuable items “plastic for goods program.”
On behalf of the townsfolk of Balungao, Mayor Peralta thanked Governor Espino for bringing the twin programs in their locality, which she said “complements together.”
“We have to clean our environment to avoid the causes of diseases. We must learn how to take care of ourselves and of our environment for us to be healthy,” she said.
“We are eternally grateful for this. We will never forget what you’ve done to us (referring to the conduct of the Kalusugan Karaban and Kalinisan Karaban in Balungao),” the town chief executive said.
Component of the Kalusugan Karavan are: turnover of olyset nets (insecticide treated nets) to the host school; turnover of Gerry cans, hyposol and insecticides for anti-dengue efforts to barangay officials; turnover of sanitation hygiene kits to pregnant mothers; distribution of school supplies and slippers to school children, and tokens for elders; and a feeding program.
Various medical and dental services, including the vaccination of pet animal were simultaneously held during the whole day Kalinisan Karaban.
Balungao town is a pilot area of the Kalinisan Karaban, which coincided with its 1st shopping day. The province has earlier launched the said program in Bautista, Bugallon, Tayug, and San Carlos City. Shopping days are scheduled in these pilot areas.
The Kalinisan Karaban encourages Pangasinenses to collect plastic waste materials (shampoo sachets, plastic bottles and caps, sando bags, plastic cups, spoon and fork, candy wrappers, and other plastic scraps) to be exchanged for goods like grocery items, school supplies, and other items.
The twin programs were led by Provincial Health Officer II Anna Ma. Teresa de Guzman (for Kalusugan Karaban), and General Services Officer Evan Gladish Domalanta (for Kalinisan Karaban). Also present were: Provincial Information Officer Orpheus Velasco, and Eastern Pangasinan District Hospital Chief Ben Gurion.
/Mark Gerry Naval Oblanca (Photos by MVS & ACDC)