LEGANES, Iloilo (PIA) -- Hundreds of Ilonggos flocked at the covered gym of Leganes town in Iloilo, April 30, for the Integrated Sustainable Assistance Recovery and Advancement Program (ISARAP) caravan to avail of various government programs and services.
As one of the participating agencies, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has released P222,000 worth of financial assistance to some 111 beneficiaries. Each of them received P2,000 cash under the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) program.
Further, 100 land titles were distributed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) under the Handog Titulo program.
During the program, the bundle of titles was ceremonially turned over to Punong Barangay Alfredo Geter Jr. of Guimbal town.
Several beneficiaries from the transport sector were also catered to by the Land Transportation Regulatory and Franchising Board (LTFRB), aside from the operators who were provided with ceremonial certificates under the agency’s Service Contracting program.
Also, the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) provided Member Data Records (MDR) and Identification Cards to their target clients.
Meanwhile, the Department of Health (DOH) Western Visayas turned over a set of medicines and IEC materials for health advocacy to the Municipal Health Office of Leganes.
Other agencies also delivered their respective services including the Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) or Kabuhayan program and Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Pangkabuhayan sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa (PPG) Program of the Department of DTI, Special Assistance for Recovery and Alleviation to cooperatives from CDA, Training Scholarship allowances and tool kits from Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and
Comprehensive Driver's Education (CDE) Program and licensing services of Land Transportation Offie (LTO).
The Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Department of Information and Communications Technology, Department of Interior and Local Government, and Department of Education, among others also participated in this activity.
The program’s guest of honor and speaker and the Department of Education Undersecretary for Field Operations Atty. Revsee Escobedo noted that the program has been an emblem of collaboration among all line agencies of the government.
“Ilang pangulo na ang nagdaan. Ito ang kauna-unahan kung saan ang lahat ng ahensya ng gobyerno ay direktang umugnay, pumunta, at makipagsalamuha sa taong bayan upang ihatid at ibigay ang mga benepisyo mula sa pamahalaan,” said Escobedo.
He also enumerated the various programs and services of the current administration that realizes the "Tapang at Malasakit" thrust under President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s leadership that forms part of the commitment of having this convergence of government services across the country.
The ISARAP convergence of services caravan was conducted in Silay City, Negros Occidental, Iloilo City and the province of Aklan during the first round of the initiative in early April.
The second round of ISARAP in Western Visayas was conducted in Dao, Capiz and San Jose, Antique on April 29; Leganes covered gym and Pototan Coliseum in Pototan, all in Iloilo province on April 30; and at the Manuel Torres Coliseum and Cultural Center in Bago City, Negros Occidental on May 1. (AAL/FRG/PIA6)