Ronnie Icamina of Camanci Sur, Numancia, Aklan was so excited and happy to receive his family’s land title after long, long years of waiting, that he showed up very early at the ABL Sports and Cultural Center, Kalibo, Aklan, last Sunday, April 10, hoping to be the first in the list of recipients during the Integrated Sustainable Assistance Recovery and Advancement Program (ISARAP) Convergence Service Caravan.
His effort paid off because during the ceremonial distribution of land titles, he was one of the five chosen recipients to come up the stage, out of the 105 land title beneficiaries identified by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
“Nalipay gid ako sa pagkabaton ku among titulo ay kabuhay eon namon ra nga ginahueat. Na proseso ro among titulo it DENR nga owa it gastos ag mabahoe gid ang pagpasaeamat sa gobyerno sa nabaton namon ngara ku akong mga igmanghud (I am very happy to receive the land title because we have waited for this for so long. This was processed by the DENR without any expense on our part and I am very thankful to our government for this land title for me and my siblings)," Icamina said.
The title was named to the Heirs of Florencia R. Icamina, their long-deceased mother, and he received the title as his family’s representative.
Another happy, smiling Aklanon on that day was Johnny Damian, the president of Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association (TODA) of Brgy. Mobo, Kalibo, Aklan, and also the president of Federation of Kalibo Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association, Inc. (FOKTODAI), who received P30,000 as one of the 10 ISARAP Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Pangkabuhayan recipients.
He said the amount, which will be used for a livelihood venture of his group of tricycle drivers in Kalibo, will be a big help to them.
Nalipay gid kami sa bulig ngara kamon it gobyerno (We are very happy to receive this help from the government)," Damian said.
Other happy and thankful faces during the conduct of the ISARAP event in Aklan, which was the third leg in Western Visayas after Negros Occidental and
Iloilo, were the 100 Diploma scholars under the scholarship program of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) – Aklan.
According to Sr. TESD Specialist Mark Anthony Dolinog, these scholars are currently enrolled at two Aklan schools – Aklan Catholic College (ACC), which accommodated 50 scholars; and St. Gabrielle College with 50 scholars.
That day, these scholars, who came in their uniform, received their allowances.
Another happy group that stood out during the ISARAP activity because of their big number were the beneficiaries identified by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). All 561 of them, from the towns of Numancia and Banga, received P5,000.00 each from the agency.
According to Lulita Villanueva, Division Chief of DSWD 6 Protective Services Division, the recipients were Typhoon Odette victims.
Other Aklanons made happy on that day were recipients of assistance from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) who were Kalibo Public Market fire victims; cooperative officers and members aided by the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA); Aklan fishermen through the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR); coconut farmers through the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA); Tech4ED schools through the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) and the Tulong Panghanapbuhay Sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) through the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
Other government agencies present during the activity were the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Education (DepEd); Department of Agriculture (DA); Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH); Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG); Land Transportation Office (LTO); Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB); and the National Irrigation Administration (NIA), which converged with Aklanons to make them feel that the government is doing everything for their greater good.
As what CDA chairman Joseph B. Encabo said in his message to the Aklanons as guest speaker – “the convergence of various government agencies in the ISARAP Caravan ensures that up to its last day, the current administration of the government will deliver the services and programs needed by the people.” (JBG/VGV/PIA6 Aklan)