Bringing the Government Closer to the People is the mantra of the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte. Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo ingeniously designed the various services and programs which provides assistance to the people of the province especially the less fortunate. People’s Day is created to reciprocate the significant contributions of the people in the continuous progress that the province is experiencing. The unity among the Muslims and Christians constantly drives the province with the leadership of the Provincial Governor, 1st District Representative, Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo and 2nd District Representative, Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta Dimaporo together with the Municipal Mayors to move forward towards development and prosperity.
On July 3 (Monday), the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte assembled all its offices inside the Mindanao Civic Center Gymnasium in celebration of the 58th Araw ng lanao del Norte. This year’s slogan “Lanao del Norte Serbisyo Segurado”, the Provincial Governor made sure that all basic services be provided to the people on this momentous event. The expected services on this day are Special Recruitment Activity, Medical and Dental Check-up, Mass Feeding, Non-Government Organizations Services, Legal Services, National Government Agency Services (DFA, Philhealth, NBI, NSO/PSA, CSC, Pag-Ibig, PNRC, SSS, GSIS & LTO).
One of the frontline services provided by the Provincial Government is the Mass feeding, Medical and Dental Check-up by the Provincial Health Office (PHO) headed by Dr. Melania A. Untao. Hundreds of people including children and elderly queued inside the gymnasium to avail the free services provided by the said office. After the check-up medicines were then given at no cost such as paracetamol, antibacterial, and mucolytic. Patients were reminded that never take-in medicines to cure illnesses without prescription from a doctor. In addition, the Provincial Legal Office with the presence of Atty. Mark Christopher A. Babor provided free legal services like Drafting of Affidavits, Drafting of Deed of Sale, Drafting of Special Power of Attorney, Drafting of other Legal Documents and Notarization of Documents. Malingao Community Cooperative just recently celebrated their 10th year anniversary handed cold fruit sweets to the people inside the gymnasium.
Christian Dave Gonzales, 15 and Letecia Ayodo, 60 years old patiently waits for their turn in tooth extraction area of the PHO. Doctors of Lanao del Norte Medical Association also provided ear check-up and other medical services for the people. Various cooperatives also joined in with the People’s Day celebration like MSU-IIT NMPC, MWIMPC, MCOCO, LANPCEMPCO, LORENZO TAN MPC, AIM COOP & Serviamus Foundation. The Alpha Company of the Armed Forces of the Philippines lead by Lieutenant Morales of the 15IB as well conducted recruitment activity to encourage young patriotic citizens to selflessly serve the country. Philhealth distributed 4Ps card for indigent residents of the province. Representatives of the Department of Foreign Affairs Region X carefully checked the documents presented by each applicant for renewal and new passport before advising them to set a schedule on-line. Free Hair cut and free massage was initiated by some cooperatives. Children were very happy that ice creams are given for free by Lanao del Norte Provincial Employees Cooperative (LANPCEMPCO) and Lorenzo Tan Multi-Purpose Cooperative.
Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo and 2nd District Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta Dimaporo personally witnessed the various services provided by the different agencies of the national and provincial government in partnership with the non-government organizations. Governor Angging and Congressman Bobby were so glad to see the people smiling after being treated and served by the government employees. This is the essence of People’s Day serving the people, bringing the government closer to them. The theme of the 58th Founding Anniversary “Lanao del Norte: Hulagway sa Himsug nga Katawhan og Malinawong Katilingban” (Lanao del Norte: Portrait of Healthy People and Peaceful Society). PIO-LDN