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.
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