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Antiqueños thank PBBM for various assistance

SAN JOSE, Antique (PIA) -- Hundreds of Antiqueños sent gratitude to President Fernand R. Marcos, Jr. for the various assistance he brought to the province during his recent visit to Panay Island.

Governor Rhodora J. Cadiao expressed her appreciation to the President for the love he has given the Antiqueños, visiting the province twice in a span of a year, and bringing a lot of government assistance.

“On behalf of the 600,000 Antiqueños, we welcome you and we thank you, President Bongbong Marcos,” noting all the help the province had received since last year when Typhoon Paeng hit the province.

She also reported the repair and completion of the housing project in Barangay Lugta, Laua-an town, which the President took notice of during his visit in November 2022, saying that the housing project sat for 10 years due to infrastructure problems instead of being utilized by families affected by Typhoon Yolanda in 2013.

“Mr. President, I am happy to report to you that 770 families are moving into the units this Christmas. We can expect families to celebrate their Christmas in their new homes,” she added.

Antique’s Lone District Representative Antonio Agapito Legarda, fondly called by the Antiqueños as “Congressman AA,” also conveyed his utmost appreciation for the support the province has gained under the administration of PBBM.

With her sister, the proud Antiqueña Senator Loren Legarda, Congressman AA expressed gratitude to the president for the funding of the repair of the Paliwan bridge which is now nearing completion.

He also reported the ongoing construction of a new bridge, also in Paliwan River which has already started. It is expected to provide Antiqueños and all other travelers with ease and comfort once completed. 

Legarda also thanked the President for distributing rice to the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries, noting that this endeavor is a testament to the commitment of the Marcos administration to alleviating poverty in our country.

Likewise, San Jose de Buenavista Mayor Elmer Untaran expressed delight in over 1,000 bags of rice distributed to the constituents of the capital town of the province.

“Gusto ko gid magpasalamat sa Presidente kag sa DSWD nga sa 18 ka banwa, kami gid ang napili (I would like to thank the President and the DSWD that out of the 18 towns of the province, San Jose de Buenavista was chosen to be the beneficiary),” said Untaran.

Aside from the local leaders, the direct beneficiaries of various government assistance also expressed their gratitude to PBBM. 

College student Annecar Mondejar, Bachelor of Science in Education major in Mathematics at St. Anthony’s College, was also happy to receive her Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES).

Mondejar cited that the educational subsidy could really help students finish their tertiary education.

Another beneficiary who received government assistance during the recent PBBM’s visit was Caren Bill Buyco from Hamtic, taking up the course Bread and Pastry Production NC II of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

Buyco was glad to get her scholarship grant and looks forward to starting a bakery shop soon after she finishes her course and earns a national certificate.

The testimonies are among the many who appreciated the help they got from different government agencies during the visit of the President to the province last week.

TESDA released more than P1 million worth of scholarship grants for 246 students of different courses/qualifications.

Under the DSWD Sustainable Livelihood Program, the government also distributed P1.4 million worth of seed capital for five associations in the province with five different projects.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) also distributed P1.9 million worth of checks for the different groups of farmers, fisherfolk, parents of child laborers, senior citizens, women, and self-employed workers, among others. (AGP/PSM/PIA Antique)

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