Establishment of more gov’t offices in Antique eyed

Senator Loren Legarda is eyeing the establishment of additional government offices in the province of Antique so that they could provide services to the locals.

Senator Legarda, who distributed educational assistance to college and graduate school students with Antique Governor Rhodora J. Cadiao at the Binirayan Gymnasium on Tuesday, Feb. 26, said she will work it out to bring more government offices to the province.

“We will work out for the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) to have an office here in Antique,” she said.

She also mentioned the Department of Foreign Affairs and other government agencies seek to establish offices in the province.

The senator announced the plan after learning from the beneficiaries, especially the graduate school students, that they have difficulty commuting to Iloilo City to the PRC Regional office for the renewal of their professional licenses.

Although the PRC conducts “PRC on the Road” to bring their services to the province, but then there is really no permanent office established in Antique.

This is also true for the DFA for passport issuance where Antiqueños still have to go to Iloilo City.

Meanwhile, Legarda and Cadiao distributed educational assistance to 111 undergraduate students in the province in the amount of PHP5,000 each and PHP6,000 each to 391 graduate school students.

Throughout the province there are around 5,000 undergraduate students who have availed of the educational assistance by the provincial government.

The educational assistance is given in the first semester so that undergraduate students, mostly enrolled at the University of Antique would have additional money for their books, boarding house and other expenses.

For the graduate school students, they are also given assistance as a way of encouraging Antiqueños to aspire for higher academic achievement.PNA

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