June 17, 2024

To cover more indigent residents in the province, Benguet Rep. Eric Yap launched the “Arangkada” financial assistance program on Oct. 22 in Kibungan, Benguet. 
Yap said the program would benefit close to 10,000 individuals in the province, who are expected to receive P5,000 cash each to augment their needs in the present economic crisis. 
During the launching in Kibungan, 400 individuals received the payout where Yap, together with town officials and representatives of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, led the simple turnover to the beneficiaries. 
The lawmaker said the recipients were those who did not receive any cash aid from the national government such as the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (Tupad) under the Department of Labor and Employment.
Beneficiaries include individuals from the transport sector, senior citizens, miners, and those who were not able to avail of the different aids coming from the national government. 
Yap said the program means that help would continue in the province courtesy of the various financial aid programs including youth assistance program, Tupad, and Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS). 
The funding for the Arangkada program was coursed through AICS under the DSWD.
Aside from the Arangkada, Yap said additional beneficiaries under Tupad are expected to receive their payout later this year. 
Since June this year, Yap’s office has funded P130 million worth of medical assistance for patients outside Benguet General Hospital and P15M worth of various educational, travel, and burial assistance to the indigents in the province.
Under the youth assistance program, more than 6,000 college and senior high school students also benefitted while more than 3,900 families received family packs through the Mobile Tulong program. – Ofelia C. Empian