medxliv2TO further provide assistance to Filipino workers, the DIWA Party-list had been conducting medical-dental missions and livelihood projects since the start of the 16th Congress.
Less than one year into its second term, DIWA has already conducted a total of 11 medical-dental missions in various provinces around the country.

In the latest medical-dental held this year, beneficiaries were as follows: 1. Sebaste and Pandan, in Antique from Feb. 28 to March 1, 986; and 2. Binakawan, Kawit, Cavite held last March 15, 387. While in some of those conducted last year, beneficiaries totaled to 384 in Camalaniugan, Cagayan; 313 in Estancia, Iloilo; and 350 in Botolan, Zambales.

Residents welcomed the medical-dental missions since they received free consultations and medicines for their various illnesses.

On the other hand, DIWA has pursued programs to boost its constituents’ economic capabilities by giving livelihood programs that would enable them to start their own businesses.

Examples of these were the candle-making seminars held in Kawit and Rosario, both in Cavite, and the hair-cutting seminar held in Laguna. Aside from learning how to make candles, the 200 participants of the said seminars also received materials that enabled them to start their own candle-making business immediately.

Those who participated in the hair-cutting seminar, meanwhile, were also given the tools they used during the three-day seminar. By giving the free tools and training, DIWA ensured that the participants could start earning by giving hair-cuts in their neighborhood or by joining the partner companies, such as the Carlo Reyes Salon and Reyes Haircutters.

For constituents who wanted to start a livestock business, DIWA distributed goats and cattle for breeding.

For her part, DIWA Party-list Representative Emmeline Y. Aglipay pledged to help more Filipino workers by holding more medical-dental missions and livelihood trainings.

“We will embark on more livelihood programs to empower Filipinos and help them improve their lives. We will also continue to hold medical-dental missions to help our less fortunate constituents who require medical attention. DIWA also provides scholarship grants for our constituents’ children.

Aside from those already mentioned, we also have a program that would help constituents who are seeking employment in the government. Rest assured that the DIWA Party-list will continue to serve our constituents as best as we can,” she said.