BORONGAN CITY, July 2 (PIA) - Eastern Samar Governor Ben Evardone, during the groundbreaking of the new capitol building on Wednesday, said he wants to look for the most vulnerable families in all barangays in Eastern Samar.
As he spoke before the capitol employees, he talked about how his government can materialize his mantra, "Ha aton probinsya, tawo iton una." (roughly translated to : In our province, people matter first.)
He tasked the Office of the Provincial Agricultural Services (OPAS), Office of the Provincial Veterinarian (OPV), and the Provincial Social Welfare and Development (PSWDO) with the Provincial SK Federation to have an inventory of the most vulnerable families in all the barangays in the province. \
The provincial government is willing to give them opportunities for development, Evardone said.
Speaking in a mix of English and the dialect, Evardone cited that "these are the families that do not have opportunities to travel to the capitol for the needed government assistance or intervention."
"These are the families that are uneducated (arawdon) and too shy to approach offices for help."
"I want them to feel that the government is here."
He cited Brgy. Pandol in Can-avid town, a distant barangay helped by TESDA and the provincial government under the Task Force End Local Communist Armed Conflict (TF-ELCAC), Poverty Reduction and Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC).
After TESDA trained the then NPA supporters on new skills, they travelled for four hours via motorboats through the Can-avid River to the poblacion to get their allowances, starter kits and certificates.
It was in that venue when Barangay Pandol Punong Barangay Joy Herbon became emotional as he publicly acknowledged that it was the first time his barangay received government support.
The governor said that his government wants to reach each and every Estehanon to make them feel that they come first in his governance style. (nbq/PIA -E. Samar)