Ex-advertising manager eyes council seat in Abra town

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LUBA, Abra – The former advertising manager of Manila Times is setting her sights on a seat in the municipal council of this fifth-class municipality to help the residents move out from the shackles of poverty through the implementation of sustainable government programs, projects and activities.

Crisma Valera-Quiblado, niece of former provincial boardmember Victor Valera, served as the advertising manager of Manila Times for special projects from 2002-2003 prior to working as the advertising manager of the Northern Luzon bureau from 2004 to 2007.

In 2008, Quiblado and her family transferred to Bangued, Abra because her husband who is an employee of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) was assigned to the provincial office.

While her husband was working in the LTO. Quiblado established the Aliah’s water station and Aliah’s catering services to help her husband in sustaining their family’s needs. At present, the Aliah’s water station already has 3 existing branches in Bangued while the operation of the Aliah’s catering services has been heavily impacted by the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic although it is still operational.

Quiblado will be running as a municipal councilor of the town under the Nationalist Party (NP) of incumbent and-reelectionist Mayor Rosalina Bizcara. During the pandemic, Quiblado’s family went to the municipality to establish a farm that included a fish pond, goat raising, among others, as an additional source of income for them to allow them to hurdle the serious negative impact of the pandemic on their living conditions.

According to her, it was during the said time that she personally experienced how to live in the rural area where people really need assistance from concerned government agencies and the local government for them to hurdle the prevailing challenges in their lives.

Aside from being a part of  a family that is politically inclined, Quiblado emphasized that her experience during the pandemic motivated her to aspire for a seat in the municipal council in the upcoming May 2022 synchronized national and local elections for her to be able to better serve and help in the needs of her townmates who really are longing for help from the government to survive the impact of the pandemic.

She claimed that her passion to serve and help her townmates will be her driving force in convincing them to vote for her to help in the implementation of transparent and accountable governance so that the people can enjoy the benefits of the enhanced delivery of basic services and benefit from the implementation of development projects in the municipality.

Quiblado stipulated that she tried to tour abroad for her to experience what is life in other countries but she was not able to sustain her stay overseas, thus, she opted to go back to the Philippines and pursue her business ventures aside from her desire to serve the people of Luba as a member of the municipal council.

Luba is one of the 16 upland municipalities of Abra where the primary source of income of the residents is farming and the raising of animals that provide a stable supply of agricultural crops to the other areas of the province. By HENT

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