Apayao LGUs send financial support to stranded residents

LUNA, Apayao, May 8 (PIA) -- Local government units and officials   in this province poured in support for students and workers stranded in different areas due to the imposition of enhanced community quarantine to curb the transmission of COVID-19.


Using social media to reach out to their affected constituents, LGUs were able to send financial assistance thru available money remittance centers in the areas.   

Pudtol Mayor Hector Reuel Pascua said they provided P5, 000 each to more than 200 stranded workers and students in Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, and Baguio City and in Metro Manila.

For the municipality of Conner, Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Albert Bacuyag said the LGU headed by Mayor Martina Dangoy sent P2, 000 each cash assistance to 71 students studying in the different parts of Cagayan and Cordillera region. 

Dangoy also reached out to Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong and La Trinidad Mayor Romeo Salda to include stranded students from Conner in their localities as recipients of relief goods, which they did.   

For Santa Marcela, the LGU led by Mayor Evelyn Martinez provided P3, 000 each to their 36 students outside the province.  So with Calasan, with their 84 students. The stranded Calanasan students in Baguio City and La Trinidad were also provided with relief goods from local artist and cultural worker Jo Kapuno.

Kabugao LGU started sending financial support to the stranded students outside their municipality at the start of the ECQ with more than 80 students given P2, 500 each.

Stranded workers in Metro Manila recieved their cash assistance from their respective LGUs in Apayao during the ECQ. (photos from Konsi Kyle fb page) 

Other groups and individuals also provided support to the Iapayao residents to help them cope with the situation. 

The Isnag Philippine National Police-Special Action Force "TAGALIGTAS" group composed of Yapayao SAF troopers deployed in the different areas in the country extended cash assistance of P14,000 to the stranded students thru the LGU-Kabugao.

Apayao Board Member Kyle Mariah Chelsea Bulut also donated her month worth of salary to help affected workers and those applying for work abroad stranded in Metro Manila and the provinces of Cavite and Laguna. At least 65 individuals were given P2, 000.00 each thru the different money remittance centers.

With the transition of the province from ECQ to General Community Quarantine, the LGUs are preparing their isolation facilities where their constituents would be isolated and quarantine before entering their respective community to ensure safety of the COVID-19 virus.

On May 1, the provincial government brought home its 15 residents stranded in Ilocos Norte. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR)

By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis


  • PAF TOG-1 airlifts relief goods to remote Bokod sitios

    BAGUIO CITY, May 29(PIA) -- Another set of relief goods reached the far flung areas in Bokod, Benguet recently.

    Mayor Thomas Wales Jr. and Philippine Red Cross - Benguet Chapter Administrator Oscar Paris turns over relief goods including sacks of rice to residents in Sitio Bakian, Barangay Ekip in Bokod, Benguet during the airlifting of relief operations  RMC PIA-CAR

    The Philippine Air Force thru the Tactical Operations Group 1- based in Baguio City with the coordination of the Philippine Red Cross – Benguet Chapter and the Office of the Civil Defense – Cordillera airlifted another set of relief goods to areas in the municipality of Bokod which are very hard to reach.

    Relief goods were airlifted from Loakan Airport and the Benguet State University Bokod Campus in Ambangeg to Barangay Nawal; Sitios Bakian and Naswak in Barangay Ekip and Sitio Bisal in Barangay Bobok-Bisal on May 23 and 25, 2020.

    Barangay Nawal received 120 sacks of 25-kilogram rice, one cavan of sugar and two cavans of NFA rice while sitio Bobok in Bobok-Bisak received 40 cavans of rice and one cavan each of sugar and NFA rice.

    In Barangay Ekip, Sitio Bakian received 20 sacks of 25-kilogram rice, one cavan NFA rice and one cavan sugar. Sitio Naswak received 30 sacks of half cavan rice and one cavan of sugar.

    The Philippine Red Cross-Benguet Chapter also distributed more than 200 food packs to the different areas and several boxes of Ready to Use Food Supplement for children and adults.

    The relief goods came from the Provincial Government of Benguet, the office of the Benguet Caretaker Cong. Eric Go Yap, Board Member Nestor Fongwan Jr., and the municipal government of Bokod and the PRC Benguet Chapter.

     Bokod Mayor Thomas Wales Jr. said that the areas where the relief goods were delivered are considered as the most remote areas in the municipality as these areas could only be reached thru hiking across mountains for several hours.

    “The sitios of Bakian and Naswak of Barangay Ekip, Bisal of Barangay Bobok, and Barangay Nawal are the most far flung areas in Bokod and are the most difficult to be reached due to lack of road and transportation means,” Wales said.

    “We are grateful for the two helicopters of the Philippine Air Force which were sent in the municipality to help us bring the relief goods to the said areas,” the Mayor added.

     The relief operations were joined by PRC- Benguet Chapter Administrator Oscar Paris, Board Member Nestor Fongwan Jr., and the Bokod Municipal Police Station led by PCapt. Ruben Tamiray with the PAF TOG-1 led by Lt. Col. Alan Macatingrao and Lt. Col. Jack Ray Mosomos.

     Last week, Benguet Gov. Melchor Diclas personally delivered hundreds of food packs to the far flung areas of Ekip in Bokod as support of the province to the residents during the time of the COVID-19 crisis.

    In the past weeks, the PAF with the provincial government of Benguet and the PRC-Benguet Chapter have been conducting airlifting of relief goods to the different remote areas in the province mostly those that could be reached thru hiking to ease the burden of bringing sacks of relief goods to their homes. (JDP/RMC- PIA-CAR)


    By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis


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