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Wheelchairs, crutches for Camotes elderly
By: Mylen Manto | Published Monday, February 15, 2021
This year’s Valentines gift of Gov. Gwen Garcia and the Capitol to the lolos and lolas in Camotes Islands are wheelchairs, crutches, and canes. (Junjie Mendoza)

A wide smile and simple wave of her hand is the only way 76-year-old Inoria Estrera can express her gratitude to Governor Gwendolyn Garcia for a wonderful Valentines gift.

Estrera, a resident of Northern Poblacion, San Francisco town, cannot speak anymore since she got paralyzed in 2008.

She received a wheelchair from the Cebu Provincial Government during the Halad Alang kang Lolo ug Lola in the Camotes Group of Islands on Friday, February 12.

In behalf of Inoria, her daughter-in-law Maricris thanked the Cebu Provincial Government and Garcia for the wheelchair. 

“Daghan kaayong salamat kay naa na gyud ni siya’y masakay-sakayan. Kung magsuroy-suroy siya, naa na syay kasakyan,” she said.

Halad Alang Kang Lolo ug Lola is Garcia’s program that aims to give happiness and assistance to the elderlies.

Aside from wheelchairs, canes and crutches were also distributed during the event.

Petronio Cotcot, 83, a resident of Southern Poblacion, San Francisco expressed his utmost appreciation to Garcia for giving him a new cane. 

He said he didn’t expect to be one of the beneficiaries of the Halad kang Lolo and Lola in Camotes.

“Dako kaayo nakong pasalamat. Wa ko magdahum nga makadawat karon. Pasalamat gyud kay ko kang Governor Gwen,” he said.

Cotcot, a former barangay tanod, said he has difficulty in walking after his stroke three years ago. However, with the help of cane, he can now walk without the help of his family members.

Mary Ann Arias, 46, a tailor from Santa Cruz, San Francisco, also received crutches from the Capitol.

She was born without a leg and this has slowed her down in doing her daily chores and taking care of her seven children.

“Magpasalamat ko nga gitagaan ko ani. Dako na kay ni nakong tabang sa paglakaw,” Arias said.

Together with the governor in the distribution were 5th District Congressman Vincent Franco “Duke” Frasco, 5th District Board Member Andrei “Red” Duterte, and the mayors of San Francisco, Tudela, Poro, and Pilar towns. (Mylen Manto)