SAN FERNANDO CITY, Aug. 11 (PIA) – The La Union Association of Government Information Officers (LUAGIO), under the supervision of the Philippine Information Agency-La Union Information Center, goes down to the grassroots through the conduct of a special general assembly cum community development visitation in the municipality of Aringay.
Freddie G. Lazaro, deputy regional director of PIA Region 1 and concurrent manager of PIA - La Union Information Center, said that part of the agency’s mandate and one of the organization’s objectives is to conduct community development visits as a good avenue to reach out to clients, particularly to the different sectors of the community.
“This way we can encourage them to become our partners in introducing change at the community level,” Lazaro said.
He added, “As organizer and adviser of LUAGIO, we aim to strengthen our linkages with the different sectors of the community and to help the local government units (LGUs) promote their local products, their best practices, and all that they can offer to the public.”
Meanwhile, Municipal Agriculturist Manuel A. Ugaban Jr., who spoke on behalf of Aringay Mayor Eric Sibuma, expressed his appreciation to the association and PIA for choosing their town as venue of the assembly.
Ugaban also shared to the participants the importance of convergence among various sectors in achieving development.
In his message, he informed that their LGU was recently a beneficiary of a livelihood assistance by national government agencies through the Bottom-Up-Budgeting (BuB) project.
“Aringay is also chosen as one of the pilot areas for the community fish landing center where the fisherfolks would gather their catch for a sure market that boosts our town’s fishery industry,” said Ugaban.
The establishment of the center is a partnership of the Bureau of Fisheries (BFAR) and Aquatic Resources, the National Anti-Poverty Commission, and local government of Aringay.
Meanwhile, during the general assembly, members of the association were encouraged to further strengthen their communication network which is a good avenue to promote programs and projects of their respective municipality or agency. (JNPD/MPA/PIA-1, La Union)