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1,367 residents’ concerns addressed in ‘Kalinga sa Maynila’

Honey Lacuna and Arnold Poks Pangan
Mayor Honey Lacuna and Manila Health Department chief Dr. Arnold ‘Poks’ Pangan jointly address a resident's need from the MHD. (JERRY S. TAN)

A total of 1,367 transactions were processed during the latest regular ‘Kalinga sa Maynila’ forum being held by Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna and her team, in an effort to bring to the communities the services being offered by the city government,

“Tayo po ay pumunta sa Rodriguez Street sa Tondo April 4, upang maibaba sa mga Manileño ang mga serbisyo sa City Hall sa pamamagitan ng Kalinga sa Maynila, kasama ang aking partner na si Vice Mayor Yul Servo- Nieto, Congressman Ernix Dionisio at ilan sa ating mga department heads. Sa tulong nila ay 1,367 na transaksyon ang naihatid natin sa ating mga Manileño,” Lacuna said.

Served during the said forum were residents from Rodriguez Street, Barangays 143, 144, and 145 Zone 12, Balut, Tondo, Manila.

Lacuna brought with her representatives of various local government offices, departments and bureaus to immediately address the concerns of the residents attending the forum.

These included, among others, the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB) represented by its adviser Dennis Viaje, city engineer’s office headed by Armand Andres, social welfare department head Re Fugoso, Manila Health Department Director Dr. Poks Pangan, Manila Police District represented by PBGen. Andre Dizon, Public Employment Services Office chief Fernan Bermejo, the Manila Barangay Bureau, the department of public services, Manila Civil Registrar’s Office, City Legal Office, Veterinary Inspection Board and the the Office of Senior Citizens’ Affairs.

According to Lacuna, the said local government offices are usually the ones most sought after by the residents for help or problems, which is why they are the ones that she decided to bring with her to the said forum.

Attending to problems of residents on the spot or ‘service fair’ is the latest added feature of the ‘Kalinga sa Maynila’ which also provides free medical consultation and a job fair, among others.

In the said regular forum, residents are given the chance to air their needs, suggestions and grievances to the mayor, who, in turn, will direct the said resident to whatever department, office or bureau his concern falls so it can be addressed at once.

In bringing with her the heads of the various departments, the latter are able to directly answer queries, complaints or requests.

“Ito ang aming paraan upang ang ating pamahalaan ay maibaba natin sa ating komunidad nang sa gayon ay maramdaman nila ang ating paglilignkod nang di na nila kinakailangang tumungo pa sa City Hall,” Lacuna said.

She added: ”Kadalasan, idudulog nila ang concerns sa City Hall pero me mga pagkakataon na di natutumbok kung sino ang lalapitan kaya tayo na ang nababa ngayon para masagot nang diretso o matugunan ang mga pangangailangan ng ating mga kababayan.”

On the side, Lacuna also conducts free medical consultation, with free medicines being also provided in certain cases.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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