Senatorial candidate Loren Legarda met local officials of Pangasinan during her visit to the province on Sunday.

The three-term senator has always visited  the province to meet farmers and local leaders and talk about strengthening local disaster resilience and reforms in regional agriculture, education, and health.

“In 2013, as Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Climate Change, we conducted a public hearing on disaster risk reduction, and I also met local farmers and turned over geohazard maps to their communities,” Legarda said in a statement.

“Hopefully, those tools had helped the province and the agriculture sector make sound policies for local disaster resilience.”

Legarda allocated funds to conduct climate field school intensive training for Municipal Agricultural Offices, Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Offices, and Municipal Development and Planning Offices of LGUs in Pangasinan under the 2019 national budget.

Legarda added that they strengthen employment opportunities in the province amid the pandemic.

“The crisis of unemployment is one of the major problems that need to be addressed urgently,” Legarda said.

“Thus, we have to strengthen our programs on employment facilitation, provide entrepreneurial opportunities, and skills enhancement for our workforce.”

Through Legarda’s intervention, Pangasinan received funding for the implementation of DOLE TUPAD and the Government Internship Program (GIP) in all six districts in the province from 2019 to 2021.

Scholarship and training programs were also provided to the province under the TESDA Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) and Special Training for Employment Program (STEP).

Legarda has likewise supported micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) by backing many handicraft and furniture producers in San Carlos City in the yearly National Arts and Crafts Fair exhibition to provide them a venue to promote their products.

“Our role as public servant is to look at the quality of life of our people… We need to make sure that we deliver programs to people and be certain that it can be felt and becomes a way for them to have a better future,” Legarda said.

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