LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Benguet Caretaker Congressman and Anti-Crime and Terrorism through Community Involvement and Support (ACT-CIS) Party-list Rep. Eric Yap spearheaded the distribution of fourteen luxury medical transport vehicles to the thirteen municipalities and the provincial government to improve the emergency response for people who need to be transported to the nearest health facility for appropriate medical attention.
Yap, who chairs the powerful House Committee on Appropriations, stated that the funds for the purchase of the medical transport vehicles were donated by no less than his father Engracio Yap who is a cancer survivor who wants to help people who need such assistance as his way of giving back for having survived his illness.
Early this year, Rep. Yap promised to provide each of the 13 municipalities and the Benguet General Hospital (BeGH) luxury medical transport vehicles to enhance the delivery of health care services to the people, especially those coming from the remote communities who need to be transported to the nearest health facility for appropriate medical attention.
“We do not care if our critics will brand our distribution of the medical transport vehicles as propaganda because people will benefit from the use of the vehicles that we have given to the municipalities and the BeGH. What is important is that we know that the vehicles will be used for the benefit of the greater majority of the populace,” Yap stressed.
According to him, politicians should prove that they deserve to be in public service by coming out in the open to extend help to the people that had been heavily impacted by the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and not to simply look for ways on how to criticize and malign local officials who are risking their lives just to help during the prevailing difficult times.
The Benguet caretaker congressman claimed he had been making an appeal in the past for local officials to show their constituents that they deserve to be in their respective positions by coming out in the open and extending assistance to the people who had been impacted by the health crisis and not to wait for the campaign period before they will be aiding those who really need help from them because it is during these difficult times that they should rescue their constituents from the effects of the pandemic.
Congressman Yap assured the people of Benguet he will continue with the identification of the vulnerable and marginalized sectors in the province that should be given the necessary assistance from concerned government agencies as these have already been provided with the required budget which must be used up until the end of the year.
Those who received the medical transport vehicles were Gov. Melchor D. Diclas, Atok Mayor Raymundo Sarac, Bakun Mayor Bill Raymundo, Buguias Mayor Ruben Tindaan, Bokod Mayor Thomas Wales, Jr., Itogon Vice Mayor Adriano Carantes, Jr., Kabayan Mayor Louie Dawal, Kapangan Mayor Manny Fermin, Kibungan Mayor Cesar Molitas, La Trinidad Mayor Romeo Salda, Mankayan Mayor Frenzel Ayong, Sablan Mayor Manuel Munar, Tuba Mayor Clarita Sal-ongan and Tublay Mayor Armando Lauro. By HENT