NOVELETA, Cavite – The local officials representing cities and municipalities of the first district of Cavite have joined forces in an attempt to expand the existing and future programs of each town.
In an interview with The Cavite Rising, Noveleta Mayor Dino Chua said the representatives of each town had a discussion with Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo to convey their plans and programs to the national government.
“Parang napag-iiwanan na tayo ng ibang lugar sa Cavite province. [We are the] first district pero parang last tayo sa mga programs so gusto namin isulong ang ‘First District First’. Dapat unang distrito, una rin tayo sa serbisyo,” Chua said.
The newly-formed alliance of the local officials plans to build a public hospital for the first district of Cavite.
According to Chua, it has long been the sentiment of the first district to have a free hospitalization for their constituents.
“Like now, may COVID tayo, ang hirap pumunta sa mga hospitals. Kapag wala kang public hospital, ang mahal ng binabayaran. So yung mahihirap or the poorest of the poor, problema na nila yon. Kapag wala silang pang-down payment, hindi sila matatanggap,” the mayor emphasized.
The local governments, moreover, intend to uplift their respective economy by providing assistance to local entrepreneurs and opening more jobs in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment.
Furthermore, he said: “‘Yung mga national government programs like the financial assistance of DSWD, yung mga recovery programs, very seldom makarating sa first district kaya ‘yon ang isa rin sa problema natin.”
Likewise, Chua also mentioned that the newly-formed alliance eyes to enhance the scholarship program within the first district.
“Educational assistance is a real assistance. Dapat ‘yan P5,000 and up depende sa pangangailangan,” Chua explained.
Aside from Chua, the other officials who participated were Rosario Mayor Jose Voltaire Ricafrente, Kawit Mayor Angelo Aguinaldo, Cavite City Vice Mayor Denver Chua and Cavite 1st District Board Member Davey Chua.
Meanwhile, during the same event, Ricafrente received a Malacanang recognition for his late father and former Rosario Mayor Jose “Nonong” Ricafrente Jr. who also served in the Presidential Action Center.