LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Benguet Caretaker Congressman and Anti-Crime and Terrorism through Community Involvement and Support (ACT-CIS) Party-list Rep. Eric Yap disclosed there will be an aggressive distribution of financial assistance to selected qualified beneficiaries from the different parts of the province in the next two months.
Yap, who chairs the House Committee on Appropriations, stated that he is closely working with the labor, social welfare and health departments for the sustained distribution of financial benefits to the identified recipients while Congress is on a break so that he could personally join in the distribution and continue listening to the needs of the people in the remote villages for him to make the appropriate representation with concerned government agencies for the provision of timely solutions to their issues and concerns.
He pointed out that he does not want to engage his detractors in a time-consuming exchange of arguments as he wants to concentrate his efforts in reaching out to the people in the far-flung communities, listening to their unattended problems and finding appropriate solutions to the same even if such solutions will not be immediately implemented as these will have to undergo the established processes of government agencies.
The lawmaker reiterated his previous appeal to local officials in the province to join him in sustaining the delivery of services to the grassroots level because it is during the prevailing difficult times that the people of Benguet need their help and show to the residents that they deserve their trust and confidence.
Among the assistance that Yap will be distributing will be the aid from the labor department’s Tulong Panghanapbuhay Para sa Ating Displace/Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD) program and the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) under the social welfare department.
According to him, it is important that people in the province are included as beneficiaries of any of the programs of concerned agencies unlike in the past that they were not familiar with such interventions being provided by the various agencies because the same was not a priority of previous local officials.
He assured the residents that the ongoing efforts of his detractors to ruin his image to suit their personal and political interests will not succeed because all the more that assistance from concerned government agencies will be continuously distributed beneficiaries in the province’s 140 barangays as funds for the said purpose had already been included in the government’s annual budget for the year. By HENT