Mayor Frenzel Ayong and Vice Mayor Joseph Denver Tongngacan turned over the vehicles to the punong barangays Tony Ugalde of Balili, Eugene Lasquite of Tabeo, Romeo Bayanes of Bulalacao, James Guanzo Jr. of Guinaoang, Agusto Calixto of Taneg and Suyoc officer in charge Marco Camiling. One unit is designated for the use by LGU Mankayan.
Ayong said this move is a way of equipping the different barangays in their operations especially during disasters, in the transport of patients and other activities of the barangays. This is also in gratitude to the barangays for their support and response particularly for donating vegetables to those in need during the height of the community quarantine.
Ayong said that farmers in the upland barangays of Balili, Tabio, Guinaoang, Bulalacao, Suyoc and Taneg were among those who have been providing vegetables to those in need during the pandemic in Baguio City and other parts of the Cordillera region and in Region 1.
The Mayor said the other six barangays will receive their own vehicles in 2021 and 2022.
The turn over ceremony was held alongside the blessing and inauguration of the newly rehabilitated Mankayan National High School stage graced by Benguet Legislative Caretaker Eric Go Yap who also turned over 32 heavy duty knap sack sprayers for disinfection purposes in the continuing fight against COVID-19.
The LGU also presented the 50 gallons of disinfectants received from Pugo Mayor Priscilla Martin and retired General Eugene Martin. Pugo is one of the many recipients of free highland vegetables from the municipality of Mankayan during the pandemic. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR)
By Redjie Melvic Cawis