The city government has activated its “Ugnayan sa Barangay” program to bring various social and health services to residents living in remote areas.
City information officer Richard Ligad said Ugnayan had already gone to barangays Langogan, Concepcion, and Tanabag this month.
It provided to residents free medical and dental mission, anti-rabies vaccination for domestic pets and farm animals, distributed pensions to senior citizens, provided free haircuts, offered business licensing, and birth certificate registrations, among others.
He said Ugnayan is the Super Apuradong Administrasyon’s strategy to engage indigent residents, who have difficulty traveling to the center of the town to avail of government services.
“[This is not] not necessarily for the poorest-of-the-poor. [Para sa] lahat ng [nasa] barangay. Kung sino ang nandodoon na gustong mag-avail ng serbisyo, mabibigyan. At para kapag nakarating na doon sa barangay, dapat samantalahin na. Hindi natin tinitingnan ang politika. The more na nase-serbisyohan, the more na nagiging successful ang programang ito,” Ligad explained.
He added that the strategy also allows members of the PNP and the military to connect with residents and inform them about latest developments in the peace and order situation for their safety and security.
“Nakita natin na nafe-feel [nila] na part sila ng lungsod ng Puerto Princesa dahil kahit malayo man sila ay naabot sila ng ating alkalde,” he said.
Ugnayan, formerly known as “Damayan,” was stopped in 2017 due to problems it faced, particularly in accepting donations from non-government organizations and other civic groups.