From L-R: TESDA OIC Provincial Director Engr. Loel D. Maniego; TESDA Specialist II Fabiana A. Abuzo and SSS Senior Analyst Eva Tuanson during the People's Day in Barangay Owakan, Sept 30, 2010.
ABOUT 145 residents in barangay Owakan have availed from the various basic services offered by the municipal government as it conducted its second regular People's Day (P-day) in said barangay today, September 30.
One of Mahinog's upland barangays, Barangay Owakan is located at the western part of the municipality with a distance of about 4 kilometers from Poblacion. It has a total land area of 324 hectares and with a population of 335 people (NSO, 1995).
During the P-day, 62 residents availed of free medical consultation and medicines; 50 families were given two kilos of rice each; 15 young and adults availed of free hair cut, 18 residents availed of free manicure/pedicure.
The Provincial Agricultural Office also handed about 150 bags of lanzones seedlings to residents. Other services include issuance of cedula, acceptance of tax payments, business, electrical and building permits; real property assessment, birth registration, among others.
The People's Day Program is a regular program of the municipal government aimed to give equal opportunity to people in the barangays to avail of the various services regularly offered by the municipal government and national agencies.
Mayor Alex R. Jajalla in a speech during the opening program said different offices of the municipal government including national agencies were around to respond to the concerns of their agencies, offices, and personnel including complaints brought before them.
"There are many programs that the various offices are offering but the problem is only a handful of residents know," the Mayor said.
He said this is a better way of bringing these programs closer to the people because, in the end, "we will have a working government and an informed citizenry."
Among the municipal officials who joined Mayor Jajalla in the holding of the P-day in Owakan are Vice Mayor Rogerio C. Acle, Municipal Councilors Rey Lawrence K. Tan and Kaiser A. Abao and Barangay Chair Nestor Loor, among others.
Aside from LGU offices, other government agencies who also offered their services were Department of Interior and Local Government, Bureau of Fire Protection, Social Security System, Provincial Agriculture Office, Provincial Veterinary Office, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), among others.
The next P-day will serve barangay Tupsan Pequeno, October 26.