Date: March 18, 2008 6:52:29 AM EDT
Subject: [kgma] PGMA brings fruits of economic gains to Pangasinan's poor
MALASIQUI, Pangasinan --- Thousands of residents of the five
municipalities and two cities comprising central Pangasinan's third
district trooped early this morning to the Malasiqui Central
Elementary School to avail themselves of enhanced government social
services and livelihood assistance.
They came from Bayambang, Sta. Barbara, Malasiqui, Calasiao,
Villasis, San Carlos City and Dagupan City and waited for several
hours, seemingly unmindful of the scorching midday summer heat, for
the arrival of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
The President came here to personally lead the delivery of government
social services, including medical, surgical and dental, to the poor
in this province.
She also handed out scholarships and livelihood kits, distributed 70
Buntis kits, each containing vitamins, iron supplements and other
items for pregnant women in a move to lessen the incidence of
Maternal mortality is the only item among the eight United Nations
(UN) Millennium Development Goals (MDG) that the Philippines has yet
A total of 175 young residents in the congressional district received
Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)
scholarship certificates during the President's visit.
The President also distributed 25 Galing Mekaniko Ako and 25 Galing
Masahista Ako kits as part of her administration's livelihood for the
At the same time, she awarded some 3,000 PhilHealth cards to further
widen the coverage of the government's pro-poor health insurance.
To ensure the availability of adequate food supply, as well as
increase the income of farmers, the President distributed three farm
tractors, 10 irrigation pumps and five power sprayers.
Rice and grocery packs were also distributed.
''Thank you for your support. I hope these will help ease your
lives,'' the President told the Pangasinense as she vowed to ''serve
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