MAYOR ERIC CODILLA of this city said he is urging civic clubs, NGO’s, humanitarian organizations and other groups to coordinate with the local government unit if they have projects in mind, so that there would be no duplication nor funds wasted and its impact to the target clientele is maximized.
The mayor said this during an inspirational address he gave to four Lions clubs, including one from Baybay City, that held their joint induction last October 9 at the Ramona Banquet Hall of the New Pongos Hotel here.
The mayor also lauded the officers and members of the club, taking note that busy people as they are, they still had time to join civic clubs like Lions because of their desire to collectively serve humanity and less fortunate people. “It is a passion, a dedication”, he said.
He also expounded on how the clubs could coordinate with the LGU, saying that when he heard outgoing (and also incoming) Ormoc Crystal Lions Club president Rubie Gernale say that among the accomplishments of their club for the past year was a feeding program, that it could be worthwhile looking into a partnership with the city for a more effective feeding program.
“What could a one-day feeding do”, he said in the vernacular, “when the rest of the 29 days in one month, the children could not eat properly?”
By coordinating with the city and pooling the club and LGU resources, maybe a more “quality” feeding program could be reached.
He also urged them to look into programs to enhance education, saying that if the church’s role is to take care of the “food for the soul”, government takes care of man’s food for the body and food for the brain.
He said that Ormoc is taking care of the “food for the brain” with the construction of 184 classrooms, 10 of which are for the Alternative Learning System which takes care of educating the out-of-school youths and adults.
He said bringing the ten ALS facilities to the barrios by putting them in strategic places has met a wide acceptance because it presented a “three-in-one” solution to the problems of the OSY and adults who’d want to finish their studies, or the least, earn a diploma on a particular field of interest.
He said it gave them access to schools without upsetting their usual livelihoods, and lessened the cost of education by bringing it closer to them.
The first of these schools, of the E-Learning Center located at the city public market, was a product of such collaboration he is suggesting. A balikbayan donated the computer units, with the city taking care of the location and the DepEd the instruction.
He hinted he would also want to see such kind of partnerships between the city and the private sector. By Lalaine M. Jimenea