January 29, 2023

Far-flung communities in Benguet province were given relief goods as the Benguet Congressional Office led the distribution of the  items to three most remote villages in Kibungan and Bakun.

A total of 1,705 food packs, which were broken down to 420 packs for Barangay Badeo and 800 food packs for Tacadang, both in Kibungan and 485 food packs for Kayapa in Bakun, were distributed along with two boxes of vitamin C. 

Through the “Mobile Tulong” program of Benguet legislative caretaker, Rep. Eric Go Yap of ACT-CIS party-list, the food packs, were airlifted through the help of the Philippine Air Force-Tactical Operations Group 1 on April 29 to 30.

The provincial government of Benguet also provided the community of Kayapa with five boxes of noodles and five boxes of sardines, which were distributed with the assistance of Philippine Red Cross Benguet in coordination with the Office of the Civil Defense-Cordillera.

The three barangays are among the far-flung barangays of Benguet that have no road access, thus residents still walk on foot going to and from their communities.  

The “Mobile Tulong” also partnered with Benguet Vice Gov. Johnny Waguis in launching the “manok na puti, 50 pesos only” program which sells live chicken for P50.

The program was launched on April 25 in Tublay, Kapangan, and Kibungan.

The program requires a maximum of two heads purchase per person.

Yap, in his press statement said, the chickens were originally bought for P70 and the P20 difference will be split between the congressman and the vice governor.

“We are estimating to sell around 10,000 chickens for this program. Hindi po bentang palugi ang tawag dito, dahil nakikinabang naman ang ating mga kababayan kaya walang lugi,” Yap said in his press statement. – Ofelia C. Empian