In its aim to bring government services closer to the Filipino people, the administration of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. will bring the “Bagong Pilipinas Serbisyo Fair (BPSF)” service caravan to all 82 provinces in the Philippines following the resounding success of its launching on September 23, Saturday. 

The BPSF is the country’s biggest service caravan aimed at providing major government services to less fortunate Filipinos in various communities across the country, featuring the government’s flagship programs such as Kadiwa ng Pangulo, Passport on Wheels, Driver’s License registration/assistance, among others. 

President Marcos led on Saturday the launching of the BPSF in Nabua, Camarines Sur, which was simultaneously launched in Laoag, Ilocos Norte led by Presidential son and Ilocos Norte Rep. Ferdinand Alexander “Sandro” Araneta Marcos III and in Tolosa, Leyte led by Speaker Martin Romualdez. 

Special Assistant to the President Anton Lagdameo led the BPSF in Poblacion Monkayo, Davao de Oro. 

In his speech during the launching, President Marcos said that the BPSF is only one of the first initiatives of his administration to give hope for a new beginning for the Filipino people by providing them with all the services at the comfort of their provinces. 

“Magkakahiwalay man ang ating mga isla, pinagbubuklod-buklod naman tayo ng isang diwa at isang pangarap: isang Bagong Pilipinas para sa Bagong Pilipino,” President Marcos said in his speech during the launching of the BPSF in Nabua, Camarines Sur. 

“Sa tulong ninyo, mapagtatagumpayan natin ang anumang mga hamon sa buhay. Basta’t nagkakaisa, walang pagsubok o kahirapan ang hindi natin kakayanin. Muli, maraming salamat at maligayang pagdating sa Bagong Pilipinas,” he added. 

For his part, Speaker Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez, who is one of the principal organizers of the BPSF, said that the country’s biggest service caravan aimed to bring more than 60 government services to 82 provinces nationwide. 

“Ipinakita rin naman na ang gobyerno po ang ating mahal na President BBM ay nandito, very, very active, very much present. Iyan ang sinasabi ng ating ‘Bagong Pilipinas Serbisyo Fair’,” Speaker Romualdez told reporters in an interview. 

“The ‘Serbisyo Fair’ truly breathed life into the aspirations of President Marcos to bring many government programs within the reach of people who may not have the means to avail of these benefits,” he added. 

The BPSF national secretariat comprises the Office of the President, the Office of the Speaker, the Presidential Communications Office (PCO), and the House of Representatives.

With the success of the launching of the BPSF on Saturday, the organizers have decided to stretch some of the programs from the original two-day event as it attracted a record high of 322,689 portal-registered Filipinos as of 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. 

The organizers estimated that the service caravan would attract more than 400,000 participants as it emphasized that the registration for some of the services offered at the BPSF is still ongoing. 

As of Sunday morning, the organizers recorded 87,158 participants in Laoag, Ilocos Norte; 103,647 in Nabua, Camarines Sur; 57,345 in Tolosa, Leyte; and, 74,539 in Monkayo, Davao de Oro. 

The BPSF offers social services from the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Human Settlement and Urban Development (DHSUD), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), National Food Authority (NFA), Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA). 

Under livelihood and educational services, the following agencies offered services: Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Technical Skills and Development Authority (TESDA), DENR, OCD, and FDA.

Under regulatory functions, the BPSF extended services from the following government agencies: Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippine National Police (PNP), Land Transportation Office (LTO), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Bureau (LTFRB), Professional Regulations Commission (PRC), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). 

Other government services include those from the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT), Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Social Security System, PhilHealth, Pag-Ibig, Public Attorney’s Office (PAO), and the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP).
Among major social services offered by the BPSF include: Enrollment in TUPAD or GIP, Legal counseling, distribution of farm inputs and machinery, Tulong Dunong Program, TESDA scholarships and program enrollment, financial assistance programs, Kadiwa Stores, SB Corp. services for MSMEs, educational assistance, LTO driver’s license renewal, DFA passport application, NBI clearance application, police clearance application, LTOPF renewal/application, PSA birth certificate application, Pag-Ibig membership and housing loan, SSS membership application, GSIS UMID application, Postal ID application, National ID application, PhilHealth consultation, Public service training, PRC renewal, PAO free legal services and PhilHealth registration. | PND

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