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LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Some five thousand heavily impacted farmers from the different vegetable-producing communities in the province will be receiving a substantial financial assistance from government agencies through the initiative of Benguet Caretaker Congressman and Anti-Crime and Terrorism through Community Involvement and Support (ACT-CIS) Party-list Rep. Eric Go Yap which will be distributed in the coming weeks.
The assistance to the qualified beneficiaries was sourced out by Congressman Yap, who chairs the powerful House committee on appropriations, from the agriculture department that has available allocations for the said purpose.
However, Yap stated this initial support is just the start of a series of financial and technical assistance for the unsung heroes of the country, the vegetable farmers, for them to be able to recover from the heavy impact of the prevailing health pandemic to the overall state of the province’s agriculture industry.
At present, the Office of Congressman Yap is coordinating with the different municipal agriculture offices and the Provincial Agriculture Office to synchronize the list of qualified beneficiaries of the P25 million financial assistance for the scheduling of its distribution that will be done in fitting ceremonies with or without the presence of the lawmaker.
Aside from the financial assistance to farmers from the agriculture department, Congressman Yap sourced out substantial funds from the labor and social welfare departments that were earlier distributed to the identified beneficiaries under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program and Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS).
He assured that in the coming months, there will be a series of distribution of assistance from concerned government agencies to identified beneficiaries, especially those living in the remote villages who are always at the end of the line in such instances, for people to feel the presence of government that is ready to cater to their needs in these trying times.
Congressman Yap admitted that even if he is not a native of Benguet, he wants to render to the peace-loving people of the province genuine public service and he will continue to reach out to the remote villages of the province to get their issues and concerns that needs attention by the concerned government agencies so that growth and development will be cascaded to the grassroots level.
Yap always makes it a point to be in the province during most of his free time from the House of Representatives to personally interact with the people and be aware of their issues and concerns for him to bring these to the attention of the government for the appropriate immediate action from those who are supposed to render important decisions beneficial to the greater interest of the people of Benguet.