Baronda, DOLE partner for social services caravan

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Making good on her promise to bring H.O.P.E. (Health, Obra, Peace and Order & Education) to the Ilonggos, Iloilo City Rep. Julienne Baronda will launch “Gugma Day” today.

She will be joined by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III who will roll out livelihood assistance to the Ilonggos.

“We are bringing social services closer to the people of Iloilo City starting today through Gugma Day. Along with Mayor Jerry Treñas, we will do this regularly with the residents of all districts, especially the marginalized, as beneficiaries. And what makes the launching special is the presence of Sec. Bello who will turn over livelihood projects that will benefit the coastal communities,” said Baronda.

The labor chief will turnover pump boats to 11 fisherfolk associations from the coastal villages of Iloilo City. (

“I continuously go out to the barangays and talk with the people. The fisherfolks in our coastal barangays have vented out their helplessness to me. So I told them we will try to help them and here now they are going to receive pump boats and fishing gears that will reboot their livelihood as fishers,” the lady politiko said.

Bello is also scheduled to meet with GIP (Government Internship Program) and TUPAD (Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Wokers) beneficiaries in Iloilo who were enrolled into the program.

“I campaigned on the platform of health, obra [employment], peace and order, and education or HOPE. And I have since worked hard to deliver because I don’t want it to be a mere slogan. I want it to come into fruition and be enjoyed by the people. I sought Sec. Bello’s help to bring about obra or job opportunities and he did not let us down,” Baronda said.

The neophyte lawmaker will also launch the “Balik Sigla” program aimed at rehabilitating stroke survivors by sending out Physical Therapists to the barangays and provide them with professional rehabilitative therapy.

“I want to help of stroke survivors get back into shape so we thought of this Balik Sigla program. We hope they can become productive once again,” according to her.

Gugma Day will offer free medical and dental checkups, free medicines, free cervical cancer screening, free legal aid, free reading glasses, blood donation, and other services.