Capitolâ€™s multifaceted HEAT-IT (health, education, agriculture and tourism-information technology) initiative which encompasses the provincial governmentâ€™s priority programs has benefited around 270,000 Bohol residents in over five years since its implementation.
This was one of the highlight statements of Gov. Edgar Chatto during the 25th HEAT-IT caravan on Tuesday in Maribojoc.
Chatto said that the beneficiaries were extended aid through services and programs of various government agencies in the local and national levels.
Residents of Marbojoc were the latest addition to the list of recipients of support through the said program.
According to Liza Flores, Capitolâ€™s special events coordinator, five to eight thousand residents of the municipality benefitted from services and projects that cut across health, education, agriculture and tourism which were provided by the government and private organizations.
The HEAT-IT caravan was attended by Major General Raul del Rosario, commander of the AFP Central Command, members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, police and Maribojoc officials including Maribojoc Mayor Mer Arocha.
Capitiol also extended financial support to the local government unit of Maribojoc by appropriating P358,000 for various projects of the municipality and P10,000 for the multi-purpose hall in Brgy. Dipatlong of said town.
Several monetary awards were also given to the LGU including a P-30,000 addition cash incentive for being the 9th best implementer of solid waste management in Bohol.
Barangay San Vicente was awarded P34,000 for excelling in socio-cultural activities while 22 other barangays were recipients of new megaphones.
Meanwhile, members of the soldiers in Bohol offered free health services and haircuts to Maribojoc residents. They also recruited those interested in joining the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
According to Flores, the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office handed over assistive devices or devices that help people overcome a handicap to the LGU while the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) gave a floating tiller to the Cabawan Small Farmers Association.
She said that the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources donated tilapia fries while the Philippine Coconut Authority and OPA distributed hybrid coconut seeds.
For its part, the Bureau of Fire Protection launched the Kiddie and Junior Fire Marshall program in Maribojoc. (Rey Tutas)
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