The Provincial Government of Pangasinan led by Governor Amado I. Espino III staged the Abig Pangasinan Karaban in Sta. Maria on October 7.
Derived from the local word “Abig” which means healing, goodness and betterment, the Abig Pangasinan Karaban is the mobile economic recovery program of the Provincial Government which aims to assist COVID-19 affected Pangasinenses across the province.
“Tutulong tayo para mairaos ang problemang ito. Ang first priority natin ay ang tumulong,” said Governor Espino.
The Provincial chief executive added, “Andito ang employment, livelihood assistance, distribution ng mga seedlings. Bibilhin din namin ang mga produkto ninyo para makinabang din ang ating mga frontliners at pasyente sa ospital.”
The three major components of the Abig Pangasinan Karaban includes different programs, namely: Kabuhayan Palengke Karaban, Karagdagang Pangkabuhayan (Cash for Work), and Kalinisan Karaban.
The Kabuhayan Palengke Karaban aims to increase the income of small-scale farmers, fisherfolks, and animal growers in the province
The Provincial Government purchased from 21 participating vendors loads of vegetables, meat, fish, mushroom, and other products which will be brought to the 14 government-run hospitals to be prepared as meals to patients.
Cash pay-outs were also awarded to 15 beneficiaries through the Karagdagang Pangkabuhayan (Cash for Work) program of the Provincial Government.
The Karagdagang Pangkabuhayan aims to provide additional financial assistance to different sectors by working in a community project that will benefit the public.
On the other hand, the Kalinisan Karaban encourages townsfolks to collect their plastic waste materials to be exchanged for grocery items and school supplies.
In-line with the cleanliness and environment protection campaign, the local government unit of Sta. Maria also received one grass cutter as part of the logistical support for Kalinisan Karaban.
In addition to these programs, the Provincial Government also distributed agricultural inputs to Sta. Maria agri-fishery associations in support to food production which includes: one knapsack sprayer (4 associations), fruit tree seedlings (4), vegetable seedlines (2), tilapia fingerlings (4).
“Ito ay programa ng ating Pamahalaang Panlalawigan upang makatulong sa atin. Napili ang Sta. Maria upang tulungan ang ating mga kababayan. We had a chance to showcase our products here in Sta. Maria. We are very thankful that the Provincial Government has chosen us to extend your help to the people of Sta. Maria,” said Mayor Julius Ramos thanking the Provincial Government of Pangasinan and Governor Espino for bringing the Abig Pangasinan in Sta. Maria.
The beneficiaries of the Abig Pangasinan Karaban also expressed their gratitude towards the Provincial Government of Pangasinan.
“Napakalaking tulong nito sa ating mga kababayan ngayong pandemya lalong lalo na sa tulad naming farmers. Malaking tulong din ito dahil ‘yong mga produce naming dito ay nakakatulong din sa iba,” said Liwliwa Rodriguez who sold different mushroom products.
Joining Governor Espino were Board Member Noel Bince, Board Member Salvador Perez, Mayor Julius Ramos, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Emil Samson Jr., Provincial Agriculturist Dalisay Moya, Assistant Provincial Agriculturist Nestor Batalla, Pangasinan Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Nathaniel Pulido, and General Services Officer Gladish Domalanta.
/Paula Jhea Sison