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ITOGON, Benguet – Some two hundred sixty nine households affected by the implementation of a hard lockdown in several sitios in barangay Poblacion, here, were given the relief assistance through the mobile, ‘tulong’ program of Benguet Caretaker Congressman and Anti-Crime and Terrorism through Community Involvement and Support (ACT-CIS) Party-list Rep. Eric Go Yap in partnership with the members of the United Benguet team.
The mobile ‘tulong’ contingent brought with them food and basic items that comprised the relief packs distributed to recipients in the locked down areas of the barangay following the sudden surge in the number of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the mining area where the Itogon-Suyoc Resources, Inc., a subsidiary of the Davao-based Apex Mining, currently operates.
Earlier, Yap’s mobile ‘tulong’ program distributed similar food packs to some 1,052 households in barangay Virac who were also affected when the municipal government strictly imposed a total lockdown in the area after the sudden surge in COVID cases within the area of the Benguet Corporation (BC).
Subsequently, some 2,459 households from barangay Camp 3 also received similar relief assistance from Congressman Yap’s program after they were also affected by the lockdown that was enforced because of the surge in COVID cases in some of the mining sites of Philex Mining Corporation.
Congressman Yap wished the COVID patients from the mining communities good health and for them to immediately recover from the deadly virus to resume their productive activities and sustain their efforts in uplifting the lives of their families.
According to him, the relief assistance is part of the efforts of his office and the United Benguet team to reach out to those who had been heavily impacted by the strict implementation of the community quarantine guidelines to combat the spread of the deadly virus in the province, especially that there has been a surge in the number of cases mostly in the mining communities where the same must be controlled to avoid the possible congestion of the existing health care facilities in the province.
Congressman Yap urged barangay officials to bring to his attention requests for assistance from their constituents that need immediate assistance as he will try his best to seek the needed help that.
He emphasized that more assistance will be distributed to the various sectors in the 13 municipalities in the coming months for the residents to feel the presence of government that will cater to their concerns as most of the assistance will be coming from the different government agencies that are in charge of the programs, projects and activities related to improving the welfare of the public. By HENT