DSWD, LGUs forge partnership




The Manila Times



BOTOLAN, Zambales: Tingog party-list Rep. Yedda Marie Romualdez on September 14 graced the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MoA) between the mayors in the second district of Zambales and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to ensure an efficient delivery of social services in the province. The MoA signing with the chief executives of the towns of Santa Cruz, Iba, Botolan, Cabangan, San Felipe and San Antonio was made through the initiatives of the “Kalingang Nanay Bing” program of Zambales 2nd District Rep. Doris “Nanay Bing” Maniquiz. DSWD regional director Jonathan Dirain said the MoA seeks to bring government service faster with the help of Maniquiz and Tingog party-list. In particular, the MoA implements the DSWD-Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) program for people needing help. Zambales Gov. Hermogenes Ebdane Jr., who also supports the program, was in attendance as he noted that people in the province would greatly benefit from it. In her speech during the MoA signing, Romualdez thanked Maniquiz, Ebdane and the mayors for the warm welcome. According to Romualdez, Tingog party-list has always been providing assistance to the public with the guidance of House Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez and support of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. not only during the election period. Romualdez expressed the House Speaker’s desire to bring social services closer to the people through the establishment of seven Tingog Centers in Zambales. Through these centers, the partylist would be able to provide medical assistance, free transportation for those who want to go back to the province, and calamity aid during a typhoon, she said. Maniquiz likewise cited Romualdez and Tingog for allocating the P50-million budget of the second district of Zambales to provide education, burial and financial assistance to its constituents. According to Maniquiz, it was not the first time that Tingog party-list provided help to the province, stressing that it also helped the second district in the recent calamities. Tingog party-list and House Speaker Romualdez had sent relief goods through Rep. Jude Acidre during the recent floods that submerged parts of Masinloc town. The party-list and the officials also distributed 5,000 cash incentives to all members of the tricycle operators and drivers association, fisherfolks and farmers in Botolan town.