Manang Imee’s Capitol Express resumes pro-poor folks service

LAOAG CITY, July 31 – The provincial government’s roaming public service, “Manang Imee’s Capitol Express,” resumed operations two months after it was temporarily halted.

The Capitol Express’ (or Capex) first stop on July 24 was at the Batac National High School in Payao Campus and served residents from the clustered barangays of Maipalig, Quiom, Mabaleng, Payao, Sumader and Colo, all in Batac City.

Instead of going to the town or city proper, Governor Imee Marcos said the program reaches out to the communities to bring government services right at their doorsteps.

She said residents need not go to the town proper or to their public markets as her team goes directly to the communities.

“We reach our people as this is our voluntary will to serve them,” she said.
The “Capex” proceeded last July 25 to the barangay hall of Barangay Saludares in Dingras town and served residents from barangays Sulquiano, Root, Cali, Parado and Medina.

For August, the team will be going to the clustered communities in the towns of Dingras, Currimao, Paoay, Burgos, Pinili, Sarrat, Pasuquin, Bacarra and Pagudpud.

Edwin Cariño, the head of the Capitol’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), said the program is a roving one–stop shop package of basic services to achieve growth that covers every sector.
The services include jobs and livelihood, education, health, death and burial, barangay requests, legal consultation, social counseling, services for senior citizens and handicapped and documentation assistance on land titling, and other kinds of application for certification. (FREDDIE G. LAZARO)