Hon. Jennifer Araña, Board Member of the 2nd District of Aurora Province, came to visit Aklan for the second time on July 11 to 14, 2017 and she came with their province’s GAD Focal Point System. Her appreciation of the hospitality they received and the great experience they had inspired her to write about our province.

In her article entitled “Amazing Aklan: The People are traditionally good; The Officials are Great,” she mentioned how grateful she is of the goodness and generosity of the Aklanons who made her group’s visit a pleasurable one. The employees of our Provincial Planning and Development Office served as their tour guides and the group was particularly delighted with the food they were able to try.

Miss Jennifer considered their 3-day tour a true learning experience and that it was worth the travel. One that Jennifer got really impressed with was the 2km walk at our famous Bakhawan Eco Park in Kalibo. She in fact said it was the perfect way to start their tour. Their second day was spent focusing on the destinations set in their Learning Visit. Included in the list are visits to the Aklan Comprehensive Center for Women, the Child Protection Unit and the Aklan Youth Center which for her are equipped and ready to render round the clock services to clients. A courtesy was made to Gov. Florencio Miraflores and they were able to meet Provincial Administrator, Atty. Selwyn Ibarreta in the his behalf. They were also able to share conversations with Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) Member Lilian Tirol, SP Member Jay Tejada, Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator (PPDC), Engr. Roger Esto, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer (PSWDO), Ms. Evangelina Gallega and Mr. Franklin L. Quimpo, the VP of Men Opposed to Violence Against Women Everywhere (MOVE) Philippines for Visayas.

The firsthand experience in Brgy. Sta. Cruz, Lezo and Brgy. Banay-banay, Malinao has convinced them of quality services provided by these barangays who were awardees of the Governor’s Search for Best Barangay VAW Desk and Best Barangay VAW Desk Officer  respectively. She salutes Town Mayor, Atty. Wilbert Igoy of the Municipality of Malinao and Vice Mayor Jorge Villarubia of the Municipality of Lezo for their efforts in developing their respective towns. The Board Member said she is inspired by how Lezo boosted their Negosyo Center as well as how products of Malinao are indeed export-quality.

In behalf of Aurorans, they would like to convey their utmost gratitude to us, Aklanons. “Thank you Province of Aklan for sharing to Aurora your BEST PRACTICES… We learned a lot from your Province. We are inspired and encouraged.,” said Araña.