By Grazielle Mae A. Sales, PGIN-CMO)
LAOAG CITY – An initiative to make the services of the provincial government more accessible to the people of Ilocos Norte was launched on July 25.
‘ManangImee’s Capitol Express’, a program where existing and future frontline projects and programs of provincial government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) are strengthened and delivered up to the grassroots level, is Gov. Imee’s commitment to “bring PGIN and its basic services closer to the people for inclusive and sustainable growth of the province,” Edwin Cariño, head of Millennium Development Goals Office, and Eric Pascua, Provincial Public Employment Service Officer, said.
“If they can’t come to the Capitol, the Capitol will reach out to them,” Pascua added, positing that there are still many Ilocanos who are not aware and cannot avail of the services offered by the PGIN due to inaccessibility.
Cariño said that ManangImee’s Capitol Express is composed of personnel and representatives of involved Capitol departments or offices and is tasked to either render the corresponding frontline services that can be done on-site such as conduct blood pressure testing or conduct application and assessment in cases where the service requires validation or referral.
He added that services covered by the ‘express; are subdivided into: ‘Jobs and Livelihood’; ‘Tulong’, which caters to education, health, death and burial, barangay requests, legal consultation, social counseling, services for senior citizens and the handicapped; and ‘Documentation’ which includes the assistance on land titling, and other kinds of application for certification.
The program was launched in three pilot sites which included Banna ((July 25), Batac City (July 28) and in Pasuquin on August 2.
“Aside from service delivery, the Capitol Express was also established to raise the awareness of the people about the several services offered by the provincial government,” Pascua added.
The succeeding schedule and activities by the ‘express’ will be determined after the evaluation of the pilot caravans.
“In turn, (PGIN) can also use this program to ask people directly on how to improve our services more which is of course, a way of involving them in decision-making,” Cariño said.#