Lazatin to im­prove ru­ral health units

Sun.Star Pampanga - - TOPSTORIES! - BY REY­NALDO G. NAVALES Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

AN­GE­LES CITY — May­oralty Aspi­rant Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin, Jr. told Barangay Pan­dan res­i­dents re­cently that he will work for the im­prove­ment of ru­ral health units in the city .

The op­po­si­tion­ist coun­cilor vowed to work for the health cen­ters so that res­i­dents don’t have to travel a long dis­tance to reach the city’s only public hos­pi­tal, Rafael Lazatin Me­mo­rial Med­i­cal Cen­ter (RLMMC), for­merly known as Ospi­tal Ning An­ge­les (ONA).

Speak­ing in front of the vil­lagers, Lazatin said that the cur­rent ru­ral health units of the city are in dire need of fa­cil­i­ties, ser­vices from med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als, and medicines.

The coun­cilor said he will ad­dress the is­sues if given a chance to serve as lo­cal chief ex­ec­u­tive.

“The is­sue of pro­vid­ing af­ford­able and ac­ces­si­ble health care ser­vices to ci­ti­zens is one of my pri­or­i­ties,” Lazatin said as he high­lighted his “Six-Point Agenda,” which in­cludes health, ed­u­ca­tion, solid waste man­age­ment, hous­ing, youth and sports de­vel­op­ment, and in­fras­truct ur e.

Lazatin re­called dur­ing the term of his fa­ther, Carmelo “Tarzan” Lazatin, as Pam­panga First District Rep­re­sen­ta­tive, they pro­vided med­i­cal as­sis­tance and free medicines to their const i t uent s.

Lazatin said he is plan­ning to con­tinue what his fa­ther started with the im­prove­ment of this city’s ru­ral health units. Ear­lier, Lazatin dis­closed his plan to im­prove the city’s health ser­vices by pro­vid­ing free manda­tory an­nual phys­i­cal check-up and other med­i­cal-re­lated ben­e­fits to se­nior ci­ti­zens.

SANTA RITA — The man­age­ment of Museo Ning Santa Rita de Cas­cia is again pre­par­ing its fa­cil­i­ties for the in­flux of pil­grims from all over Pam­panga and far off parishes this com­ing Len­ten Sea­son.

This was an­nounced by Mu­seum di­rec­tor Annabelle Abi­nales who added that the parish through Rev. Fr. Rolando Lopez had in­structed that the doors of the fa­cil­ity be opened for pil­grims.

The Museo ning Parokya nang Santa Rita de Cas­cia is lo­cated at the sec­ond floor of the old con­vent build­ing at­tached to the old parish church. The build­ing, which was re­stored in 1994, now houses the his­tor­i­cal ar­ti­facts, con­tem­po­rary and an­tique images, as well as old fur­nish­ings of the church and its old rec­tory.

The fa­cil­ity also of­fers a tour of the church, which houses the first-class relic of Saint Rita. Tourists may also visit the re­cently re­stored bell tower of the parish, which is ac­ces­si­ble through the mu­seum.

Abi­nales said that they are plan­ning on host­ing once again guided tours for walk-in vis­i­tors and set­ting up pro­ces­sional images on dis­play.

The Len­ten Sea­son of­fi­cially starts on March 6, Ash Wed­nes­day.

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