Caravan for the poor

PAGUDPUD, Ilocos Norte, June 13 — The Millenium Development Goals (MDG) caravan of the provincial government has resumed delivering support packages to poor beneficiaries in this town as part of its commitment to raise the living standards of the province’s poor sector.

The packages, which were delivered to indigent families on June 10, included cash assistance, school supplies, agricultural implements, and medical kits.

At least 827 pupils and students from various schools in Pagudpud received books, black boards, chart rack and other school supplies.
A scholarship grant amounting to P247,350 was given as stipend for elementary and secondary students.

“This is a series of caravans that the provincial government will bring to various towns. The last caravan was the delivery of Noche Buena packs to 20 towns and two cities last December,” she said.

The provincial government also brought agricultural products ranging from fertilizers, vegetable seeds and back pack sprayers for the backyard garden maintenance of 30 Zanjeras.

Villamor Calventas, principal of the Pasaleng National High School, said the school assistance indicates how the governor would want to raise students’ education standards.

Wilma Cariaga, mother of a Grade II pupil, who was one of the recipients, said the educational support will go a long way in easing their family’s financial difficulties.

“My husband earns a minimal income as a security guard. His salary is insufficient for our family’s needs. The stipend will be of great help for my son’s daily allowance,” she added.

The provincial government set aside some P77 million to support the province’s MDG commitments to end hunger and poverty by 2015. Governor Imee Marcos and her caravan team went to Pagudpud to deliver the packages to recipients.
(ANL/CCA-PIA 1 Ilocos Norte)