666 Mankayan solo parents get relief assistance

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MANKAYAN, Benguet– The municipal government distributed relief assistance to some 666 solo parents from the town’s 12 barangays as part of the overall initiative to ensure that vulnerable and marginalized sectors will not be left behind during the implementation of the community quarantine.

Mayor Frenzel A. Ayong said that the municipal government, in coordination with the barangay officials, started distributing the relief assistance to the identified beneficiaries last Wednesday for them to cope with the effect of the measures taken to address the wrath of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) global pandemic.

Earlier, the municipal government identified some 899 solo parents from the different barangays to receive the half cavan rice relief assistance courtesy of the municipality and the Office of Benguet caretaker congressman and Anti-Crime and Terrorism through Community Involvement and Support (ACT-CIS) Party-list Rep. Eric Go Yap.

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However, Mayor Ayong explained that after the evaluation and assessment of the identified beneficiaries, the number of qualified recipients dropped to only 666 as some of those were  disqualified were already married or have left the municipality.

He reminded that solo parents are part of the identified vulnerable and marginalized sectors that should receive assistance from concerned government agencies and the local governments.

“We will continue to source out resources possible within our midst for assistance to those left out among our constituents. We hope our people understand that what had been distributed to them as relief assistance over the past several months are those available from our local government’s meager resources, aside from those that came from concerned government agencies, the provincial government, the Office of Congressman Yap and the private sector,” Mayor Ayong stressed.

Mankayan had been providing relief assistance to the members of the vulnerable and marginalized sectors such as the senior citizens, persons with disabilities, among others, whose livelihoods were heavily impacted by the implementation of the Luzonwide ECQ.

He called on the residents of the town’s 12 barangays to continue supporting the programs, projects and activities not only of the concerned government agencies, but also the municipal and barangay governments, so as to sustain efforts to cushion the impact of the global pandemic and for them to recover and bring back the vibrance of the economy and livelihood.

Ayong asserted  the municipal government continues to link up with various regional and provincial line agencies for the implementation of post-pandemic projects in the municipality that will allow people to be able to rise up to the occasion and improve their present living condition.

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