ILOCOS North: First District residents can look forward to a healthy future as Representative Ria Christina Fariñas pledged to pursue health care bills that can provide lifelines to thousands of patients, medical professionals, workers, drivers, students and needy families in his region.
That’s what Fariñas wants to accomplish amid the Covid-19 pandemic that has affected the lives of Ilocanos and Filipinos.
In her tenure as Representative, Fariñas maximized the use of public funds and personal resources that allowed her to expand health care services to residents of the single city and the 11 municipalities in the district at the start and at its peak. of the pandemic.
Carrying the motto “Rang-ay Iti Amin” (Progress and Help for All), his office delivered relief kits to nearly 25,000 households and lobbied for increased funding for government programs in the district.
Fariñas coordinated with the Ministry of Health the provision of 47.89 million pesos to support the program of medical assistance to indigent patients which benefited 2,382 people who received health care services in various hospitals in the province from 2019 to 2022.
In addition to health care, the legislator has worked with the Department of Social Welfare and Development to provide 75.36 million pesos in aid to people in crisis. This has helped 29,860 people, including 5,331 frontline villagers, 7,869 transport workers, 4,196 street vendors and 2,831 people with disabilities.
Republic Act 11509 or the Act Establishing Medical Scholarship in the Country, of which Farińas was one of the main authors, provided scholarships and student aid to 2,143 students under the Tulong-Dunong Program of the Higher Education Commission, 370 beneficiaries of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority short training/courses, and 287 trainees under the Government Internship Scheme run by the Ministry of Labor and Employment. Employment (DoLE).
It also donated 41 million pesos for the DoLE-Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers program which benefited 7,560 workers.
On a personal note, Farińas donated a 15-bed capacity field hospital for Covid patients and a coaster bus for medical frontliners to the Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center; personal protective equipment, masks and alcohol for government/district hospitals, village isolation facilities and rural health units in its district; and 2 million pesos of Covid-19 vaccines.