La Union’s one-stop-shop makes public services accessible

piaA one-stop-shop of government frontline services will soon be housed in a mall in La Union for easier public access.

The provincial government is set to unveil the La Union one-stop-shop service center project at the Puregold mall on December 5.

Governor Manuel Ortega said the center will offer development information, education, communication, investment and tourism services that the government, in partnership with the private sector, provides.

Ortega said the program allows residents to participate in good governance by providing immediate feedback on government programs.

“It is also seen as a strategic venue for investment and tourism promotion for the province and the region for a more accelerated socio-economic development,” Ortega added.

The center shall serve as an extension office of the Provincial Information and Tourism Office (PITO) and national agencies.

Adamor Dagang, provincial tourism officer, said that the center will hold 10 cubicles with telephone lines and wifi connection.

Dagang added the provincial government will shoulder the monthly rental fee of P48,000 for five years while the cubicles provided for the different agencies are rent-free.

The agencies will only have to detail some of their personnel at the center and provide office supplies and other materials.

“If they would want to install additional telephone lines, then the agency will shoulder its cost,” Dagang said.

The provincial government plans to open the center even on weekends and on holidays.

The province partnered with various agencies namely the Social Security System, Government Service Insurance System, Department of Foreign Affairs, Land Transportation Office, Philippine Health Insurance Corp., Department of Trade and Industry, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration and Home Development Mutual Fund.

Dagang said other agencies which are willing to offer their services may also field their personnel and services at the center. (MCA/MPA/PIA1 La Union)

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