The provincial government under the Espino administration has had established a strong foundation of its social services programs intended to help nurture the living conditions of Pangasinenses.
Providing a wide-ranging information on the social services programs of the province was Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) Chief Emilio Samson, who was the guest resource person of the “Pangasinan-In-Action” Lingguhang Talakayan sa Kapitolyo held at the Urduja House ceremonial hall on July 23.
Also present was 5th district Board Member Rosary Gracia “Chinky” Perez-Tababa, the new committee chairperson on social services (women, children, and elderly affairs) of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP).
Setting the tone of the discussion, Samson noted that the Philippine Commission on Women has conferred the Gender and Development Local Learning Hub (GAD LLH) award to the province of Pangasinan in recognition of its aggressive GAD mainstreaming efforts.
As a GAD LLH, the Pangasinan Crisis Intervention Center (PCIC) managed by the PSWDO has been providing technical assistance on GAD, a salient output of the best practices on GAD learned and nurtured by the PSWDO for the benefit of its clienteles.
The PCIC is the first facility in the region to have institutionalized a strategy to address GAD – related issues and concerns of the victims of Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC).
The PICC was inaugurated sometime in June 2006 with an allocated budget to run its operations.
BM Tababa emphasized that the SP in aid of legislation has been supportive to the various development programs of the province, particularly those that directly promote the general welfare of Pangasinenses.
In addition, Samson bared that as a support to the Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) sector of the province, the provincial administration has already approved the establishment of a Persons With Disabilities Affairs Office (PDAO) to be initially manned by two permanent (plantilla) employees.
It was learned that the PSWDO constantly provides the PWDs with various Capability Enhancement Trainings to capacitate them in socio-economic undertakings.
“We also develop their dexterity in sports as we encourage them to be physically active,” said Samson, who reported that Team Pangasinan placed overall second best in the Philippine Sports Association for the Differenly Abled (PHILSPADA) paralympic games held last May.
Despite its only 27-member delegation, Team Pangasinan, which heavily relied on athletic games in its top three placements, harvested 24 gold, 12 silver, and 14 bronze medals courtesy of the Pangasinense PWD athletes from various localities of the province.
Last year, Pangasinan clinched the overall championshiop in the PHILSPADA paralynpic games.
A five-day sign language tranining participated in by PWD focal persons from city and municipal local government units is ongoing at the President Hotel in Lingayen. Closing and graduation ceremony is set on July 26.
Samson has likewise reiterated that the province provides financial assistance to indigent Pangasinenses, who have undergone the assessment of social workers.
The PSWDO also sustains its flagship programs intended to reach out the other sectors under its concern.
The weekly Talakayan ed Kapitolyo is hosted by Provincial Information Officer Orpheus Velasco, and Aksyon Radyo Station Manager Violy Valdez.
/Mark Gerry Naval Oblanca (Photo by Neiza Ivana Ferrer)