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LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Benguet Caretaker Congressman and Anti-Crime and Terrorism through Community Involvement and Support (ACT-CIS) Party-list Rep. Eric Go Yap sourced out some P61 million from various government agencies to improve the delivery of basic services to the people in the thirteen towns of the province to allow them to initially cope with the serious negative effect of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) to the local economy, employment and sources of livelihood of the residents.
Yap, who chairs the powerful House committee on appropriations, disclosed he convinced labor and employment officials to increase the allocation for the government’s Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program from a mere P3 million to P21 million this year to help provide financial assistance to the increasing number of vulnerable and marginalized sectors who were impacted by the wrath of the global pandemic.
Further, the lawmaker accessed some P20 million from the social welfare department to be distributed to the needy residents of Benguet under the government’s Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS).
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On the other hand, Congressman Yap worked out with the health department the increase from P5 million to 20 million the annual allocations being provided for indigent patients being confined at the Benguet General Hospital (BeGH) so that more people from the different municipalities will be enticed to avail of the free health services under his office for those who will be confined at the BeGH.
He assured the people and the municipal officials of the province he will continue to seek funds to augment the allocated funds for the various basic services once the same will be exhausted even before the end of the year to ensure the sustained delivery of services and more people from the remote villages will benefit from the services being provided by concerned government agencies.
Congressman Yap is going around the different municipalities to hand over to the identified beneficiaries financial assistance under the programs where they were enrolled by the different local governments as the same had been coursed through the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) Benguet chapter.
According to him, the financial assistance of the beneficiaries under the social welfare department’s AICs will be distributed to the beneficiaries later or as soon as the documentary requirements shall have been processed by the local governments in coordination with the concerned government agency.
He emphasized that it is his passion to render public service to the people of the province where he was requested by House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano to serve as the legislative caretaker so he will remembered for what he did done for the overall welfare of Benguet when his term ends as the province’s caretaker congressman by the end of June 2022 or upon the expiration of the term of the duly elected lawmaker, the late Rep. Nestor B. Fongwan, Sr. who succumbed to a lingering illness last December 18, 2019.
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