Ilocos Norte folks welcome back ‘Capitol Express’

BATAC CITY, Ilocos Norte — Frontline service providers of the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte’s (PGIN) through its Capitol Express program has resumed bringing its services to the grassroots.

The Capitol Express was temporary put on hold last month to give way to the preparations of some provincial projects.

Hundreds of residents in Batac City expressed their delight for the comeback of the program because they don’t have to travel to the capitol in Laoag City to avail of PGIN services.

Edwin Cariño of PGIN’s Sustainable Projects and Development Office said the Capitol Express Team offered the usual free medical consultation and dental services at the Batac public market on Sunday.

Dr. Eva Candelario said at least 22 residents availed of the free dental services. She added that patients are now more comfortable with the new mobile dental bus provided by the Department of Health.

Aside from this, 261 pairs of slippers were distributed to high school students. More than 100 senior citizens were also given free reading glasses.

Native pigs from the Provincial Veterinary Office were also awarded to beneficiaries.

A first time recipient, Lovely Jane of Barangay Quiling Sur expressed her gratefulness because “it will be a big help to my family.”

Representatives from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority also offered free manicure, pedicure and haircut services.

Jenny Tama of Nalupta village, who shared that it was her first time to experience free pedicure, lauded Capitol Express because “it is very rare to have free services like this.”

The Provincial Health Office also gave 10 wheelchairs to selected senior citizens and persons with disabilities.

Jose Vallenco of Barangay Ricarte, one of the recipients of wheelchair, thanked Governor Marcos for extending help to him.

Vallenco does not have a family and has difficulty in walking.

Governor Imee Marcos said that PGIN will continue improving the said program to further serve and reach more Ilocanos especially in the far-flung areas in the province. PNA/