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Day 2 of the five-day Fiesta 2014 celebration was devoted to introduce the “We Care Program” to the public. It was kicked-off through the annual Walk and Zumba for a Cause mainly participated by the Local Government Unit (LGU) employees, members of the academe, and barangay officials and workers. The partakers were divided into two (2) groups, North and South, led by Mr. Judy Molina and Cecilia Torres, Ph.D., respectively.
During the event, the Samahang Pilipinong Manggagawa sa Saudi Arabia (SAPIMASA), Rural Improvement Club (RIC), Spouses Unite for Nutrition – Families Caring Partners Club (SUN-FCP) and the Miss Lal-lo Fashion Designers were awarded Certificates of Recognition as tokens of gratitude for all their support to the municipality’s nutrition programs.
Simultaneous with the Walk and Zumba for a Cause was the “We Care Program” motorcade from Barangay Jurisdiction to Barangay Logac, this municipality, wherein the three hundred fifty (350) – ten (10) from each barangay – Volunteers for Emergency Response (VER) participated.
A Bloodletting Activity was also conducted throughout the day as part of the “We Care Program’s” objective to provide the highest quality of public service to the people. By means of this activity, the constituents of Lal-lo can have ready access to the blood bank of the Cagayan Valley Medical Center (CVMC).
The formal launching of the “We Care Program” held at the Aladino M. Dupaya Sr., Memorial Gymnasium was attended by Dr. Grace Delim, Provincial Health Team Officer-Cagayan; Ms. Norma Talosig, Regional Director of the Office of Civil Defense – Regional office 02; Chief Inspector Manuel Golino, Provincial Fire Marshall – Cagayan; PSSUPT Fernando Cristobal, Jr., Chief, Regional Police Community Relations Division; and Mr. Gerilio Dascil, Jr. and Mr. Allan Pineda, Globe Telecom representatives. All the guests expressed their unanimous positive impressions regarding the program.
BM Pascual, with her brilliant humour and eloquence engaged the audience by initiating a game wherein the first six individuals to send a text message to her personal number containing the hotline of all the partner agencies of the “We Care Program” get to win Php 500.00 each.
During the launch, cellular phones courtesy of Globe Telecom, 500-peso worth of prepaid load card, first aid kit, and stickers containing the hotlines of the agencies involved in the program to be distributed to all the households in the municipality were handed to each barangay.
Ms. Bernadette Ferry, Municipal Local Government Operations Officer (MLGOO) led the Pledge of Commitment with which everyone present vowed to uphold the vision and mission of the municipality and dedicate one’s self in the delivering the highest quality of public service to the people.
After the program, the newly-constructed Municipal Disaster Operations Center and Basic Emergency Maternal Obstetric Neonatal Care (BEMONC) Building were inaugurated.
Later that day, two (2) basketball games were exhibited between the LGU Lal-lo Team and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Varsity Team; and the Lal-lo All Stars against the Tuguegarao City Police Station Varsity Team at the Aladino M. Dupaya Sr. Memorial Gymnasium which is a manifestation of the LGU’s intention of building stronger ties among its partner agencies.
The DOLE Varsity Team, with their towering heights slickly outdid the LGU Lal-lo Team but redemption easily came when the Lal-lo All Stars beat the Tuguegarao City Police Station Varsity Team in Game 2.
As a pleasant treat to its constituents, the LGU tapped the biggest telecommunications company in the country, GLOBE which generously sponsored a variety show featuring Viva Hot Babes Jennifer Lee and Sheree and Pilipinas Got Talent Season 2 Winner Marcelito Pomoy.
The crowd, most particularly the male population, went crazy when the two (2) astonishingly flawless and enviously curvaceous babes stepped into the stage of the Aladino M. Dupaya Sr., Memorial Gymnasium and strutted their stuff. They entertained the audience with their trademark hotbabes production number that all the dudes in the room can’t help but ogle. But what really brought the house down was Marcelito Pomoy’s outstanding vocal prowess and his remarkable and surprising wit. His stellar performance just proved to everyone that he is undoubtedly a deserving winner.
Yes, a busy day it was, but worthwhile nonetheless.
By Bec Bautista
Catastrophe, both natural and man-made in nature, attributable to several contributing factors like climate change and technological advancements, occurs whether we like it or not, and leaves a trail of destructive impact to the community.
The mass media – print, broadcast and new age – bombards us on a day-to-day basis of tormenting news about a wide range of hazards and adversities from terrorist attacks, hostage takings, and run-a-muck-causing drunkards to fire incidents, typhoons and flash floods.
In 2013 alone, twenty-five (25) typhoons hit the country including typhoon Vinta which made its landfall late October of last year and brought devastating effects in the entire Province of Cagayan, and who could ever forget typhoon Yolanda which caused widespread distressing damage and took away the lives of over six thousand (6,000) individuals.
From 2010 to 2012, the total reported crimes had gone down from 324,083 in 2010, 241,988 in 2011 to 217,812 in 2012 according to the National Statistics Office (NSO). However, these numbers are still relatively high and thereby alarming notwithstanding the fact that not all crimes are diligently being reported.
Hence, there is always that sense of trepidation that people succumb to because of the unexpectedness and rapidity of the possibility that a disaster may occur. The least that we want or need is for our people to live with fear and agitation, thus, the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Lal-lo made the security and protection of its constituents as one of its main thrusts and, through the help of our partnering agencies, conceived the Lal-lo We Care Program.
The Lal-lo We Care Program is a holistic approach that provides a quick response system and maintains a database of all the contact information of every household in the municipality through the distributed Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards to them generously provided by TM and Globe Telecom. Its Operation Center is located at the newly-constructed Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC) Building. Each SIM card is stored with the contact details of the LGU, RHU/Birthing Center, Ambulance, Police Station, Rescue 35, Fire Department, DWRL Radio Station, and the thirty-five (35) Barangays of the municipality, our service providers which will all run and be made available in a 24/7 basis.
Pursuant to the Volunteer Act of 2007, this LGU also tapped three hundred fifty (350) Volunteers for Emergency Response (ten (10) from each barangay) who underwent the necessary training to perform basic rescue procedures including first aid and fire fighting techniques.
Through the Lal-lo We Care Program, our services will just be a text or call away, anywhere you are, and in anytime of the day. This mechanism was devised to ensure that our people would have easier, faster, and more reliable access to our services which is foreseen to curb the occurrence of disasters and havocs.
Yes, disasters will come and yes, they will come not in a predictable manner. That much is true. But we, in the Municipality of Lal-lo will not and will never falter. Through the Lal-lo We Care Program, and our continuous efforts to maintain a stronghold to our commitment of protecting our people and providing them efficient and effective services. Because in Lal-lo, I Care, You Care, We Care…