TUBLAY, Benguet – Benguet Caretaker Congressman and Anti-Crime and Terrorism through Community Involvement and Support (ACT-CIS) Party-list Rep. Eric Go Yap worked out with the health department the allocation of some P12 million purposely to fund the medical needs of bonafide residents of the province who will be treated and confined in the government-run Benguet General Hospital (BeGH).
Yap, who chairs the House committee on appropriations, pointed out that as the province’s legislative caretaker, he wants people from the different municipalities to be immediately given the appropriate medical attention on the BeGH without suffering from the burden of having to look for money to defray their medical expenses, thus, the funds that were already made available to take care of their medical expenses.
Under the health program of the lawmaker, residents who want to be treated for their illnesses, either through minor or major operations and other forms of treatment, can immediately seek medical attention from the BeGH, provided that, concerned punong barangays will directly coordinate the matter with the congressional district office for his staff to transact business with the hospital for the processing of their bills.
The lawmaker stipulated that the P12 million allotted by the health department for the aforesaid program will be the initial wave of funding for the said purpose as he will continue to look for other possible source of funds that will sustain the implementation of the free health care benefits for bonafide residents suffering from illnesses that required treatment from the hospital.
According to him, his office is trying his best to source out funds that will bankroll the sustainable implementation of health care programs that will ensure the residents to be healthy at all times and for them to be productive and earn income to sustain the living condition of their families either through being employed or through their own initiatives and businesses.
Congressman Yap underscored that he does not want sick people to be burdened in having to go through the tedious process of working out the settlement of their hospital bills with the concerned government agencies that is why his office already coordinated with punong barangays and municipal mayors for them to be the ones to report the matter to his congressional district office for his staff to be in charge of arranging with the hospital the settlement of such bills for their eventual release from confinement.
He asserted that his office will continue to work with other government agencies for the crafting of programs and projects that will help in improving the delivery of basic health care services to the residents and the provision of the appropriate support that will contribute in efforts to improve the sources of livelihood and the economic activities of the people.
Yap was accompanied by Mayor Armando Lauro when he visited the barangay officials and senior citizens of Baayan and Tublay Central to give them inspiration amidst the prevailing enhanced community quarantine (ECQ and distributed to them relief packs containing vitamins, care kits among other basic needs for them to be able to hurdle the challenges of the crisis due to the global pandemic.