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“Kalinga sa Maynila” now offers even more services to residents

Kalinga sa Maynila
Mayor Honey Lacuna addresses the residents as her 'Kalinga sa Maynila' forum became better, bigger and with a more extensive coverage. (JERRY S. TAN)

“Mas pinalakas, mas pinalaki at mas pinalawak na ‘Kalinga sa Maynila’.”

This, according to Mayor Honey Lacuna, is what Manila residents should start expecting from now on, as the city government resumed its regular meet and forum with the residents yesterday (March 22) with an added feature of providing a ‘service fair’, free medical consultation and a job fair, among others.

The said forum, which is being carried out by Lacuna in an effort to bring the city government straight to the communities, is meant to give the residents the chance to air their needs, suggestions and grievances to the mayor herself.

In turn, Lacuna would direct the said resident to whatever department, office or bureau the concern falls.

When conducting said fora, the mayor brings with her the heads of the various departments for them 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 matugunanang mga pangangailangan ng ating mga kababayan.”

Lacuna said the regular ‘Kalinga sa Maynila’ forum will no longer be an ordinary ‘ugnayan’ where Manilans may lodge their suggestions, needs or complaints but in addition, certain services will also be provided to the residents of the barangay and adjacent barangays.

This week’s forum, which was held at Barangay 177 in Tondo (District 2), began at 8 a.m. while the service fair started at 9 a.m.

During the medical consultation, free medicines were also provided in certain cases while Mayor Lacuna herself, being a doctor, joined in providing medical services to those who sought such free health services.

“Personal na titingin si Dra. Honey sa mga patients na pupunta sa medical consultation. Two in one, doktor na, nanay pa. Abangan n’yo po ako,” said Lacuna.

Meanwhile, Lacuna said that the job fair that accompanied the forum was opened not only in the barangay where the forum was held but also in adjacent barangays.

She advised jobseekers to wear casual attire, bring ten copies of their resume and their own pen.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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