MANKAYAN, Benguet – The municipal government assured barangay officials and residents in the town’s twelve barangays that there will be no barangay that will be left out in the equitable distribution of available resources that will be internally and externally generated during the present administration.
Mayor Frenzel Ayong assured that every barangay will be provided with resources from concerned government agencies and the municipal government up to 2022 as these are provided in the regular budgets of both the national and local governments.
He said that in the case of the initial 6 multipurpose vehicles earlier distributed to the town’s upland barangays, he explained that the same is part of the efforts of the municipal officials to provide incentives to the barangay officials and residents who exerted extra effort in voluntarily donating their vegetable produce for the benefit not only of the lowland barangays but also other local governments who were in need of help at the height of the implementation of the Luzonwide lockdown.
However, the mayor explained that the distribution of the multipurpose vehicles that was procured through available local funds is to help the barangays enhance the delivery of basic services right onsite without elevating the matter to the municipal government.
Mayor Ayong also clarified that for the lower barangays, the municipal government programmed the purchase of additional 3 multipurpose vehicles under the annual budget in 2021 for subsequent distribution to the initial 3 lower barangays that will be identified to be recipients of the said vehicles.
For the remaining 3 lower barangays who will not be lucky to be provided with the said vehicles in 2021, the local chief executive disclosed that 3 more multipurpose vehicles will be purchased in 2022 as funds for the said purpose will be incorporated in the 2022 budget for distribution to the remaining 3 barangays.
Ayong explained that during the present administration, the annual assistance being extended by the municipal government was increased to P100,000 from the previous P30,000 to allow the barangays to be able to enhance the delivery of government services to the people living within their areas of jurisdiction.
He assured the municipal government will continue to look into ways and means on how to further support the barangays for the concerned officials to perform their assigned duties and responsibilities for the greater welfare of the residents and for them to be able to promptly respond to the issues and concerns without always elevating the matter to the higher authorities as well as for them to be able to discharge genuine public service.