DAGUPAN CITY – A Barangay Health Worker (BHW) was adjudged as “Natatanging Eba ng Dagupan” this year on the occasion of the Women’s March on March 23 from CSI Stadia to the new Pantal Bridge along De Venecia Expressway Extension.
Chaired by Councilor Maybelyn Dela Cruz Fernandez, the event was a culmination of the Women’s Month celebration in the city with Senator Cynthia Villar, Pangasinan 4th District Representative Christopher De Venecia, Bataan 1st District Representative Geraldine Roman, Cagayan Valley Province Board Member Perla Tumaliuan, and PhilHealth Regional Vice President Atty. Rodolfo Del Rosario Jr. as guests.
The awardee is Thelma Jovellanos, a BHW of Barangay Bonuan Boquig and who earns a living by engaging in selling beauty products. She has five children, two of whom are already graduates of their chosen courses in college.
One of her other children is a scholar of the city’s MBTF Scholarship Program and is now third year in college, while the other two are already high school graduates.
Her husband is a fishpond caretaker and is the auditor of the Samahan ng mga Maliliit na Mangingisda sa Dagupan City (SMalManDC).
Her dedication to her work as BHW in Barangay Bonuan Boquig has earned the admiration of the judges who crowned her as this year’s “Natatanging Eba ng Dagupan”.
Ms. Jovellanos regularly participates in the city’s outreach programs in her barangay. She sometimes brings medicine to the sick and the needy as her own small way of rendering unliserbisyo in her barangay.
“Kahit po maraming trabaho sa bahay, pumupunta pa rin po ako sa barangay para tuparin ang aking katungkulan na manilbihan sa mga nangangailangan at makatulong sa abot ng aking makakaya,” said Jovellanos.
Jovellanos received an Achievement Award as her trophy for being this year’s “Natatanging Eba ng Dagupan” and a cash prize of P5,000 from Mayor Belen T. Fernandez.
The search was facilitated by the City Social Welfare and Development office. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/March 27, 2018)