by: Flor Jackson, PIA BILIRAN

Naval, Biliran (January 25) – The people of Biliran have everything to thank President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and former Governor of Leyte and Congresswoman of the 1st district of Leyte, Hon. Remedios “Matin” Petilla who is now the Philippine Gaming and Amusements Corporation (PAGCOR) Vice President for President Arroyo’s Program on Social Development and also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of IBC Channel 13 for making Biliran province as the first beneficiary of the People’s Government Mobile Action (PGMA) Caravan.
Ma’am Matin as she is fondly called by her constituents in Leyte province who personally visited Biliran province the other day led the team from PAGCOR in meeting the officials of the province led by Gov. Rogelio Espina and the national government agencies to make the early preparations for the official visit of the PGMA caravan.
She said that the caravan is scheduled to arrive in Biliran province of February 25 – March 2 this year to set a six-day medical, surgical and dental mission to include the delivery of basic services by the concerned line agencies of the government to the Biliranons.
During the meeting, the regional and provincial heads of the different national agencies based in the province were asked to speak out for their agency’s contributions to the success of the PGMA caravan in the province.
Part of the services to be enjoyed by the Biliranons during the six-day PGMA caravan is the passporting services to be conducted by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in coordination with the National Statistics Office (NSO) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for the authenticated documents and the clearance needed to get a passport, respectively.
Line agencies of the government who are part of the caravan for the delivery of basic services to Biliran will be stationed at the Naval Institute of Technology (NIT) gymnasium in Naval town while the medical treatment, surgery and dental services will be held at the Biliran Provincial Hospital, also in the municipality of Naval, the capital town of the province.
This early, Ma’am Matin is encouraging the patients who will avail of the health services of the caravan especially those who will undergo surgery to submit themselves for listing and pre-screening of their illnesses before the final screening to be done by the surgeons themselves upon their arrival in Biliran on Feb. 25 to ensure that they will qualify to be operated on.
A separate medical mission will also be conducted in the municipality of Kawayan on February 27 and in Caibiran of Biliran province on Februay 28 as part of the six-day PGMA caravan.
Ma’am Matin thanked Gov. Espina for putting things together in preparing Biliran province for the scheduled PGMA Caravan.
“It’s not shameful to be poor but in some areas you need help”, she said.
She asked the people of Biliran, together with the national government agencies (NGAs) to maintain the benefits given by the PGMA caravan in Biliran as she said that the NGAs are mandated to support the activities of the caravan.
From Biliran province the caravan will proceed to the province of Zamboanga for the same services they will give to the people in the area.
“We will also visit all other provinces so that we can feel the benefits of the program intended for the poorest of the poor”, she said.
She relayed the congratulatory note of Gov. Jericho “Icot” Petilla to Biliran for being one of the beneficiares of the PGMA caravan.
The provincial govenrment of Leyte through Gov. Petilla will send five doctors, two surgeons and five dentists as their contribution and help to the PGMA caravan in Biliran.
Biliran province is the only province in the entire Visayas to benefit from the PGMA caravan as it belongs to the group 2 of the top 20 poorest provinces in the entire country.
President Arroyo has launched the PGMA caravan under the sponsorship of PAGCOR to help the people of the poorest of the poor provinces improve their living conditions.
PGMA caravan is one of the programs of the hunger mitigation efforts of President Arroyo.
As the preparatory meeting of the PGMA caravan was about to end, Gov. Espina thanked President Arroyo and PAGCOR Vice President Remedios “Matin” Petilla for bringing in the caravan to Biliran province.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Quoted from “Biliran is beneficiary…”

    “Biliran province is the only province in the entire Visayas to benefit from the PGMA caravan as it belongs to the group 2 of the top 20 poorest provinces in the entire country.”

    I welcome the caravan to Biliran. However, this confirms ,that indeed:

    “Biliran Province belongs to group 2 of the top 20 poorest provinces in the entire country.”

    That is courtesy of the 12 years of The Espina Dynasty’s rule in Biliran.

    This RE-AFFIRMS our previous claim during the election campaign that indeed, the Espina Dynasty has driven Biliran to being one of the top 20 poorest provinces in the entire country; while their treasures grew in leaps and bounds in their last 12 years of total control of the province.

    Former Congressman and Mayor Gerardo Espina Sr, should stop blaming everyone, especially the Church for his loss. The writing was on the wall.

    The job of lifting up the economic conditions of the Biliranons are in the hands of the newly elected incumbent officials. It is about time to work together with a common goal of advancing Biliranons interest, not the interest of the Espina Dynasty.

    THAT IS THE CHALLENGE.

  2. Aquarius sir….naunhan hinoon ko nimo dah.
    Wala ko kasulat dayon kay busy panginabuhi.

    Lainon lainon ni naku pag-explekar.

    BP(that’s Biliran province) = 2 of the 20 poorest province.

    Biliran Garden Resort + kalsada dili kompleto sementado = not perfect together for the people.

    doktor + phd + 2 wk guest student somewhere else or whatever or wherever + politician = 0 for the people. …. maybe a million pesos in the politicians bank account or hidden somewhere else
    or someone’s fake/dummy account.

    moral + ethics values + nonmanipulative + nonexploitative + will to fight = good for the mamayan.
    (Hi, GC, keep going strong and stronger…)

    Any other equations out there good for everyone, not just for few?

    Mga gaw OFFLINE patim-aw mo, kay ang usa asa kaha ingsotoy.

  3. INDEED U R CORRECT AQUARIUS.

    PROBABLY, W/O THE ESPINA SIDE KNOWING IT, THIS REPORT IS INCRIMINATING THEM.

    WHAT’S MORE INSULTING, ONLY BILIRAN PROVINCE IS THE BENIFICIARY IN THE ENTIRE VISAYAS.

    OH BOY, 12 YEARS OF ESPINA LEADERSHIP AND THIS IS WHAT BILIRAN GETS.

    GERRY ESPINA SIBLINGS AND SUPPORTERS, SHAME ON YOU!!

    PASTILAN MGA BILIRANON, KANUS-A PA MAN MO MAHIGMATA.

  4. RAN OFF LINE mostamos I agree with you “KAILA BAYA KA NAKO HAHAHAHA MISS U my RAN OFF LINE MAG MESSAGE KA SA AKO SA YMbah ASA nmn ka ron” bitaw noh asa kaha nag kwarta para sa BILIRANON ge unsa kaha sa mga BANDIDO ESPINA or ESPINACH_LICNH hahahhahaa basig ge pamiga lang noh mao bitaw ang hing sunod sa ilang puwesto daghan ge ayo or daghna ge renobet tungod sa ilang ge buhat hahahhaha..ang GYM kalabira pa kaha or ge ayo na???…. ang bag-o nga derector or MANAGER sa NAVAL HOSPITAL maau kaha na sya nga tawo or sama sad sa mga BANDIDO ESPINA nga mga KORAKOT hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm caresius lang po hehehhehe ang ako mga spelling kong mali man mao lang gihapon nah ang buot epasobot hehehehhe..bitaw did2 sa mga IDOL sa mga KATAWHAN Congrats 2 u IDOL…Promise is a PROMISE po..ingat…kay ang uban baya wa mang tan-aw sa imong kakapoy or sa imong ge buhat ang ilang ge tan-aw Promise is Promise kong unsa ang imong ge saad kanila imo gyud buhaton kay matud pa nila kay ila ka ge BU_TO tungod sa KALSADA nga imo ipa-semento tanan…pero para nako my friend imo man mabuhat imong promise wa koy Paki-alam basta u still my IDOL untill the rest of my life kay gamay ra ang 3 years nga imo buhaton tanan nga imo ge saad b4 sa eleksyon tanan defende man sad nah sa imong ge pangayu-an ug tabang kong ila eh approve dayon pero kong hinde wa tay mahimo unles nga eh bu-to nga nila ug balik aron matuman tanan ang imong mga saad kanila ….u know me my friend…take care…..miss u my friend IDOL Atty. GLENN CHONG…………..

  5. bitaw uy pastiland ang biliran ibalikbalik jud sulti nga pobre nga province makauulaw kaayo nga unta pwedi man ta nga molambo ug tinguhaon jud kaayo ug ayohon lang pagdala ang kwarta sa gobyerno moasenso unta ato mga kabababayan di lang ang dunay trabaho hasta ang tanan lumolupyo. siguro and atong bag-ong idol nga makahimo niini. God bless us all!!!

  6. cge lang kay naghinay hinay naman naa namay nakita karon sa panahon ni Rep. Atty Glenn Chong bisag wala pa siyay usa ka tuig IKOMPARA sa 12 ka tuig nila OPAW ug RABBIT puro pang limbong ug pangilad sa atoa lumolupyo… atleast naa na tay SAKTO ug DESENTE nga REPRESENTATIVE angay ibutang sa biliran…

    TO REP. ATTY GLENN CHONG
    CONGRATULATIONS! YOU ARE OUR REALLY AND TRUE REPRESENTATIVE! GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS WHEREVER AND WHATEVER YOU WILL DO FOR THE BENEFIT AND GOOD OF BILIRAN PEOPLE! THANK YOU SO MUCH! AND GOD SPEED!…(“.)…u

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