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Christmas gifts for Cebu Prov’s ‘unsung heroes’
By: Eleanor Valeros, Vanessa Almeda, Mylen Manto | Published Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Barangay volunteer workers of Cebu Province received cash incentives and Christmas goodies from the Capitol. (Junjie Mendoza)

Barangay workers in Cebu Province get a merry Christmas this year, despite the current health crisis, as they received cash incentives along with Christmas goodies for Noche Buena from the Capitol.

Barangay health workers (BHW), barangay animal health aides (BAHA), barangay nutrition scholars (BNS), and barangay daycare workers (BDCW) each received P4,000 cash incentive while barangay tanods received P3,000.

The cash gifts were downloaded to each of the local government units to make claims more convenient for the recipients. A series of ceremonial distribution led by Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia were held in all districts.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Christina Giango said only one representative from each frontliner was asked to join the ceremonial events to ensure physical distancing.

Garcia hailed the barangay workers for their untiring service to fellow Cebuanos calling them as the real “unsung heroes” in this pandemic period, crediting the decreasing trend of Covid-19 cases in Cebu to their selfless work. 

“Nagsige kanaog ang atong active cases kana tungod sa liderato sa atong mga mayor ug inubanan sa inyong tabang, mga BHW, apil na sad sa tanod, daycare, BNS ug BAHA. Kay kamo man, ilabina mga BHW, tinagpila na ka pamilya inyong giguntan, gibisita na niyo, bisan pa panahon sa pandemya, bisan pa gigukod mo sa iro,” she said.

The governor also acknowledged the crucial role of the barangay frontliners in preventing the spread of the African Swine Fever and protecting the Province’s 11-billion hog industry.

“Salamat sa BAHA sa inyong tabang sa pagprotehir labi na sa backyard hog growers. Dili ra sa dinagko apan labaw na gyud kanang dunay baboyan sa likod or sa kilid sa ilang balay, kanang naningkamot nga mag-atiman og pipila ka baboy aron dunay ikabaligya alang unya sa tuition or alang sa pagpaayo sa balay,” she emphasized.

“Taliwala sa atong mga naagian, mahinayon gyud ang Pasko, ang usa ka malaumong Pasko,” the governor expressed.

Meanwhile, Garcia urged all BHWs to continue the Provincial Government’s two-pronged thrust in managing Covid-19 especially the boosting of people’s immune system. 

She reminded barangay captains on the SugBusog program of the Capitol where P50,000 budget is allocated to barangays for the setting up of nurseries. She encouraged the planting of hilbas (mugwort), sambong (Blumea balsamifera), lagundi, yerba buena, and oregano, among others. 

She also told BHWs of the Province’s future partnership with the Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care next year where they will be taught on traditional medicines. (Eleanor Valeros, Vanessa Almeda, Mylen Manto)