JAGNA – A staunch fighter of corruption in government and champion of good governance, Senator Teofisto “TG” D. Guingona III visited Jagna on August 13, 2015 at the Capt. Gregorio Casenas Hall of the municipality.
Welcomed by Mayor Fortunato R. Abrenilla, another good governance champion, together with the department heads of the LGU, punong barangays of Jagna, DepEd supervisor Mr. Sergio Ranque, Federated Senior Citizen President Engr. Cruza Bagatsolo, members of the MDC, Senator Guingona spoke about his efforts at the senate. He talked about giving importance to the senior citizens by according to them benefits such as free membership in the Philhealth. He also emphasized that the 4Ps is a program that has proven to be helpful not only to poor families but most especially to women. In order to sustain this program, the 4Ps was institutionalized and he is one of the prime movers for its institutionalization.
The senator-freedom fighter mentioned about bills pending at the senate and the congress geared towards benefits and term extensions to barangay officials, workers. He said that he and colleagues are working on a bill providing retirement benefits to barangay officials (including secretary, treasurer), lupon, tanods and BHWs. Senator Guingona also updated the body that national Liga ng Barangay is endorsing to both houses term extension to 6 years from 3 years of barangay officials.
Senator TG Guingona was accompanied in his visit by Congressman Art Yap of the third district of Bohol, Congressman Aris Aumentado of the second district, Provincial Adminisrator Ae Damalerio and Mayor Diego Ty of Plaridel, Misamis Occidental.
The entourage moved on to Candijay after their visit to Jagna.