The Provincial Government of Pangasinan led by Governor Amado I. Espino III brought the Abig Pangasinan Karaban to Infanta on November 13.
The Abig Pangasinan Karaban is a brainchild socio-economic recovery program of Governor Espino to assist Pangasinenses who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In his message, Governor Espino assured the townsfolk of Infanta that the Provincial Government of Pangasinan will continue to assist the locals by providing necessary services to help them recover.
“Nandito kami para tumulong para bigyan kayo ng kahit kaunting ginhawa sa buhay ninyo. Dalawa lang ang lagi kong sinasabi – tiyaga at disiplina,” stated Governor Espino.
The Provincial Chief Executive also asked for the unity and cooperation of everyone and thanked the frontliners in the town for managing the COVID-19 situation in Infanta.
“Kailangan po namin ng inyong boses, kailangan naming ng inyong tagubilin para sa mga myembro ng inyong pamilya. Malaking tulong na sa amin na mabantayan ninyo ang inyong pamilya.
Maganda ang management natin with the support of the Mayor, Barangay Captains. Maraming salamat sa mga sakripisyo ng mga frontliners natin,” said Governor Espino.
The Abig Pangasinan Karaban is composed of various programs to help the different sectors in the province.
Programs under the Abig Pangasinan includes: Kabuhayan Palengke Karaban, Karagdagang Pangkabuhayan (Cash-for-Work), Kalinisan Karaban, Food Production Support including the distribution of rechargeable knapsack sprayers, vegetable seedlings, and fruit-bearing tree seedlings, livelihood assistance program (LAP), and Tulong sa Pagsasanay at Trabaho or skills training.
The Palengke Karaban aims to increase the income of Pangasinense farmers, fisherfolks, and animal growers where the Provincial Government purchases vegetables, meat, fish, and other products sold by small-scale vendors. These products will be brought to the 14 government-owned hospitals to be prepared as meals for patients.
Cash pay-out were also awarded to 15 beneficiaries through the Karagdagang Pangkabuhayan (Cash for Work) program – a component Abig Pangasinan which which aims to provide additional financial capacity to different sectors by working in a community project.
The Kalinisan Karaban collects plastic waste materials which can be exchanged for goods like grocery items, school supplies, cellphone load and other items.
Plastic waste materials are bought by the Provincial Government for P20.00 per kilo.
Sangguniang Kabataan officials in Infanta also led that Kalinisan Karaban through the recently-launched Kalinisan Karaban SK Edition.
The Provincial Government also turned-over one grass cutter to the local government of Infanta as a logistical support in Kalinisan Karaban.
The Abig Laman ed Pangasinan (Mini-Kalusugan Karaban), the modified version of I Love Pangasinan Kalusugan Karaban, provides free health care services like medicines, medical and pediatric services, laboratory test and x-ray services.
Free vitamins and medicines were also distributed to Infanta townsfolk.
Furthermore, the Provincial Government distributed food production support to different associations including: rechargeable knapsack sprayer (5 associations), vegetable seedlings (3), and fruit-bearing tree seedlings (5).
In addition, 20 units of gillnets were distributed to five fisherfolk associations and one fisherfolk association received one unit of pond seine net, one unit of axial pipe, and one unit of water pump under the Livelihood Assistance Program.
Infanta Mayor Marvin Martinez thanked the Provincial Government of Pangasinan for bringing the program to their town.
“Ngayong umagang ito, nagpapasalamat ako sa ating Provincial Government sa pamumuno ni Governor Amado I. Espino III sa kanyang pagdala ng Abig Pangasinan Karaban sa bayan ng Infanta. Nararamdaman natin ang suporta ng ating Provincial Government. Hindi nila pinapabayaan ang mga Pangasinense,” said Mayor Martinez.
Joining Governor Espino were Board Member Margielou Orange Humilde-Verzosa, Board Member Jerome Vic Espino, Infanta Mayor Marvin Martinez, Vice Mayor Virgilio Vallarta, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Emil Samson, Provincial Agriculturist Dalisay Moya, Provincial Population, Cooperative and Livelihood Development Officer Ellsworth Gonzales, Provincial Planning and Development Office Coordinator Benita Pizarro, Assistant Provincial Veterinarian Jovito Tabarejos and members of the Sangguniang Bayan of Infanta in the said program.
Meanwhile, the Abig Laman ed Barangay was led by Dr. Cielo Almoite, Officer-in-Charge Chief of Hospital of Lingayen District Hospital, with Dr. Donn Doria and Dr. Nario Ferrer.