In consonance to the Provincial Government of Bataan’s aim to cascade and make its programs and services more accessible to the people, Bataan Governor Joet Garcia visited the municipality of Samal yesterday, September 19.
“Nandirito ‘ho tayo para sa aming ginagawang pagbisita sa Samal… para mas makita namin ang kalagayan ng ating mga kababayan sa iba’t ibang bayan at para na rin makausap, gagawa po kami ng programa, ito na ho ang Bisita Bayan kada Buwan. Tamang tama, meron po tayong 11 bayan at 1 lungsod kaya 12 in a year,” Governor Joet said.
After joining the flag-raising ceremony, a breakout session was held where department heads from the provincial government met with their counterparts in the local government unit and identified the challenges faced by the people in availing the services they offer.
“Kahit hindi pa ho ito ang opisyal na bisita, nakiusap lang po kami kay Mayor Alex kung pwedeng dito sa Samal magsimula. Kumbaga, sumubok kung ano ang pinakamagandang set up, ano po yung pinakamagandang daloy ng programa para talagang maging epektibo at makatulong ang provincial government [of Bataan] sa municipal government, lalung-lalo na sa ating mga kababayan at iba’t-ibang sektor,” Gov. Joet added.
The hardworking governor met with Mayor Alex Acuzar and the members of the Sangguniang Bayan led by Vice Mayor Ronnie Ortiguerra and discussed ordinances that need effective implementation in the locality, especially in poverty alleviation. During the meeting, he emphasized how working in unison would mean efficiency in delivering better public service for Bataeños.
In his meeting with the Punong Barangays of the municipality and representatives of different civil society organizations, later in the day, he asked for their support in encouraging their constituents and members to receive the anti-COVID-19 vaccine booster shot, answer the Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS), and join the Educhild Parenting Program.
In endorsing the opportunities laid out by the Universal Health Care Law, he highlighted that everyone is now required to be registered with PhilHealth. The recently launched PhilHealth Konsulta Program entitles every Filipino to undergo free consultation with some laboratory tests and medicines subsidized if required by the physician.