LA TRINIDAD, Benguet– Benguet Caretaker Congressman and Anti-Crime and Terrorism through Community Involvement and Support (ACT-CIS) Party-list Rep. Eric Go Yap disclosed he will make the necessary representations to the Office of the President and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for the allocation of some P30 million from the agency’s Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program for indigent residents and those who had been heavily impacted by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
In a recent interview aired over RPN-DZBS Baguio’s One for the Road afternoon program, Yap, who chairs the powerful House committee on appropriations, said the funds he intends to request for allocation to Benguet will come from the funds under the Bayanihan II that was recently signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte.
He added the financial assistance to the identified qualified beneficiaries in the province’s 140 barangays will be distributed during the last quarter of the year as soon as the funds for the said purpose will be made available by the labor department.
The lawmaker stated he will continue to source out appropriate funds from government agencies for qualified recipients from the different parts of the province to be able to benefit from the various programs and projects providing assistance to those people needing these.
Earlier, Yap got from the labor department some P21 million under the TUPAD program that was distributed as financial assistance to the indigent residents and those who were heavily impacted by the prevailing community quarantine to allow them to cope with the serious negative effect of the pandemic as many had lost their jobs and sources of livelihood.
According to him, he will continue to make the necessary representations with the concerned government agencies so that Benguet will be included as one of the priority areas in the implementation of their programs, projects and activities so that people will be able to avail of the services of the government which they were deprived in the past.
Congressman Yap assured the people of the province that while serving as the legislative caretaker of Benguet, he will exert extra effort in ensuring the province will get an equitable share from the programs, projects and activities of the different government agencies to help in speeding up the development of remote villages that had been neglected in the past.
One of Congressman Yap’s goal is to facilitate the re-classification of Benguet as a first-class province from its current status as a second-class province following the implementation of high impact development projects that will improve the current state of infrastructure in the different parts of the province.
Yap said that what matters is the efficient delivery of government services to the people living in remote villages so that they will be able to feel the presence of government in their midst and for them to be able to benefit from such services being provided by the government agencies.