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Legarda: Gov’t Services Must Go Straight To The People

February 26, 2019

Senator “Inday Loren” Legarda on Monday said that she will continue to bring government services straight to her kasimanwas as she met with barangay leaders and residents of Bugasong town.

“In my three terms as senator, I have always made sure that our taxpayers’ money go straight to where they should be—to the people. Our mandate as a public servant is to ensure we meet their needs and implement programs that will better their lives and their socio-economic condition. This I upheld in the Senate and will continue to uphold as we serve Antiqueños,” said Legarda, who chairs the Senate Committee on Finance.

The Antiqueña senator thanked her kasimanwas for making her the number one senator for 18 years and proudly announced her projects for Bugasong, a municipality known for its colorful patadyong and local weaving.

Long before she decided to run as congresswoman of Antique, Legarda has already supported and funded many programs for Antiqueños. These include the Medical Assistance for Indigent Patient (MAIP), Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS), Free College Education, CHED Tulong Dunong Program, TESDA Training for Work Scholarship Program, DOLE TUPAD and Kabuhayan, rehabilitation and reopening of the Antique airport, Philippine Airlines direct flights to Antique, the soon to open Culasi RORO port, community fish landing centers and fiberglass boats for fisherfolks, among many others.

Through the DSWD Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), DTI Shared Service Facilities (SSF), PhilFIDA and National Dairy Authority, Legarda was able to help micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Bugasong, such as the Bagtason Loom Weavers Association.

Alongside the repair and construction of classrooms and school buildings, Legarda initiated the construction of a Senior Citizen Building complete with amenities for the Federation of Senior Citizens Association of the Philippines, Inc. Bugasong Chapter and the construction of the TESDA Training Center in Barangay Ilaya.

Health is also top priority for the great-granddaughter of Ariston Gella, Antique’s first pharmacist and representative to the Malolos Congress. Budget was allocated for the infrastructure and equipment of the Bugasong Medicare Community Hospital.

“I will continue to shower opportunities to all my kasimanwas regardless of political affiliation. My only mission is to fight poverty, hunger, lack of education, lack of jobs and environmental degradation. The world will learn about our province’s beauty and abundance. Together, we will lead Antique towards progress,” Legarda concluded.