To improve the efficiency and transparency of thr programs and services of the provincial government, Manang Imee’s Capitol Express, has featured community meetings and consultations or pulong-pulong as one of its new services.
Dr. Loida Valenzuela, one of those incharge of the program, said PGIN’s roving one-stop-shop, Manang Imee’s Capitol Express has started featuring pulong-pulong as its new service in Bacarra town last February 21, 2016.
“Through the pulung-pulong, we are able to talk to and discuss with different sectors including women’s groups, farmers associations, day care workers and barangay health workers regarding their concerns, requests and other inquiries,” Valenzuela explained.
Valenzuela said most of the requests include livelihood and financial assistance as well as reconstruction of roads and agricultural infrastructure.
Their discussions are immediately forwarded to the governor which will be given proper action, she added.
Governor Imee Marcos said that through the Sustainable Center for Development (formerly Millennium Development Goals Office), the project will be continuously improved based on the peoples’ top priorities and concerns.
PGIN’s flagship agricultural program dubbed as ‘Paspas Dur-as Biag ti Away!’ (rapid development in the rural areas) is also integrated in the conduct of Manang Imee’s Capitol Express.
‘Paspas Dur-as Biag ti Away!’ was launched on November 2015 to focus on enhancing the quality of agriculture in the province by providing support to Ilocano farmers as well as improving farming practices across the province.
Activities include distribution of fertilizers, pesticides, fruit-bearing seedlings and other agricultural products and equipment. Clients also avail of free medical services and legal consultation among others. (With report from Jennifer T. Pambid, PGIN-CMO)