Yap bought android phones for each of the 140 barangay captains in the province in order to upgrade their services through an improved communication system especially this time of health crisis. The barangay captains may have mobile phones but may be the old type.
Through the smartphones, communication can be facilitated. The barangay captains can create their message group and can bring to fore their issues and concerns of their respective areas of responsibility to his office and other concerned offices, said Yap. They can also take photos of pressing concerns and be updated on happenings. They were also assured of load for internet connectivity.
Expressing his desire for the people of Benguet, “Yung serbisyo po natin pabilisin natin. Ilapit po natin sa mga tao ‘yung ating congressional office. Ilapit po ng mga barangay captain natin sa atin ng hindi na po sila bumabiyahe galing pa po’ng Buguias, galing Mankayan papunta sa La Trinidad para lang po magsabi ng kanilang problema,” (We want to facilitate our services, to bring closer to the people our Congressional Office and for our barangay captains to bring to us their concerns without the hassle of travelling from Buguias, Mankayan going to La Trinidad).
Citing examples such as crime incidents or damaged roads, Yap said they can bring to the attention of concerned agencies or officials thru the use of smart phone.
The Office of the Congressional District will also be give smart phones to Sangguniang Kabataan presidents for easy coordination of their concerns.
Yap also assured tablets for some deserving students which they can make use for online classes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
These are part of efforts to facilitate delivery of services to the people and for the development of the province. (JDP/SCA-PIA CAR, Benguet)
By Susan C. Aro