MANKAYAN, Benguet – Some eight hundred ninety three individuals from the town’s twelve barangays will benefit from the various assistance being provided by government agencies under their programs to assist qualified indigent individuals heavily impacted by the implementation of the extended Luzonwide enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and now general community quarantine (GCQ).
Mayor Frenzel Ayong said that 397 individuals were awarded their financial assistance from the cash for work program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), 316 individuals will soon be receiving their financial aid from the Tulong Panghanapbuhay Sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program of the Department of Labor and Employment while some 180 individuals will also be getting their assistance from the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) program of the DSWD.
Ayong disclosed the assistance to be extended to the beneficiaries of the TUPAD and the AICS were identified by the municipal government 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.
The city chief executive said the beneficiaries of the DSWD’s cash for work program recently received their financial assistance equivalent to 10 days of work computed at P225 per day.
On the other hand, the beneficiaries of the DOLE’s TUPAD program will receive cash benefits computed at the prevailing daily minimum wage in the area and a maximum of 10 days work under the concept of the Barangay Ko, Bahay Ko while the recipients of the financial aid from the AICS will be receiving some P3,000 each.
Earlier, Congressman Yap requested all local chief executives from the province’s 13 towns to identify 25 indigent individuals from each of the barangays within their areas of jurisdiction who can be enrolled in the DOLE’s TUPAD program and some 15 individuals who can be enrolled under the DSWD’s AICS to help them cope with the serious negative impact of the previous ECQ and the prevailing GCQ to their economic activities and sources of livelihood.
“In behalf of the people and officialdom of Mankayan, we would like to express our sincerest gratitude to Congressman Yap for his generosity and dedication to bring genuine public service to the province even if he is not from our place. His passion to provide the needed assistance to those who are really need of help serves as an inspiration and motivation for us to elevate our efforts to provide services to our constituents to greater heights,” Mayor Ayong stressed.
He added that because of the enormous number of individuals that need assistance, Congressman Yap increased the number of beneficiaries under the TUPAD program by 16 persons from each of the 13 municipalities to ensure that more people will be benefited from the welfare programs being implemented by concerned government agencies.
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