‘Botika sa barangay’ in Libas launched


ROXAS City — Mayor Angel Alan Celino fulfilled a campaign promise when he launched the “Botika sa Barangay” in Brgy. Libas here recently.

“Botika sa Barangay” aims to help the local residents, especially the poor, have access to available over-the-counter medicines.

More “botikas” will be put up under the supervision of the City Health Office (CHO) in villages far from the city proper, Celino said.

Prior to the launching, the CHO led by chief Dr. Amelita Robles conducted a free medical checkup.

Celino, together with councilors and other city officials, also held a feeding program at the Libas Fishing Port.

A feeding program was also held in Barangays Milibili and Tiza last week.

Celino said the city government, through Councilor Emmanuel Billones Jr. will give free school supplies to children studying in public schools here.

“This time there will be no names or pictures of a politician or official in the notebook and (other) school supplies,” said the mayor.

He said the city government will launch its Alternative Learning Center (ALC) program for out-of-school youth and adults without a stable job.

Beneficiaries will be trained in welding and other technical works. Women beneficiaries will also be trained in dressmaking and manicuring, among others.

Early last year, Celino gave the handicapped alternative jobs in the pursuit of making them useful to the community.

He said handicapped people are now producing the best bread on their Pan ni Alan bakery at the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO).

The city government bought their bread products and used them in its feeding program.

Celino announced that Emmanuel Billones Sr., uncle of former Sen. Manuel ‘Mar” Roxas II, pledged P10 million for the asphalt overlay around Teodoro Arcenas Trade Center, the city’s premier market.

Also, the city government grants the associations of vendors at the market a loan without interest.

Recently, Celino has bought biometric time clock to ensure the attendance of its employees and stop their tardiness.

He observed that some city hall employees report late, some almost by an hour.

“Using a high technology such as biometrics, I hope employees will report to work and leave office on time,” the mayor stressed./PN

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