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Legazpi City ––In an effort to alleviate the burden of the underprivileged sectors of the society due to Covid-19 pandemic, the city government of Legazpi earmarked over P30-million budget to provide financial assistance for poor students, senior citizens, and tricycle drivers.

Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal said that at least P30.45 million funds allotted by the city government to provide financial assistance for 18,500 members of the senior citizens and 2,500 tricycle drivers badly affected by the yearlong Covid-19 pandemic.

“Sa mahigit isang taon global pandemic nakita natin na labis naapektohan ang mga senior citizens, transport sector lalo na ang mga tricycle drivers at mga magulang na nawalan ng trabaho dahil sa Covid-19.  Kaya nag allocate ang ciudad ng mahigit P30 million para makapagbigay ng financial assistance. Kahit papano makatulong tayo ng kaunti sa ating mga kababayan para maibsan ang epekto ng pandemya,” Rosal said.

(For over a year global pandemic, the senior citizens; transport sector and parents lost their jobs due to the adverse impact of prevailing Covid-19. So, the city government allotted P30 million funds for us to provide financial assistance among the senior citizens and tricycle drivers to cushion the impact of the global public health crisis.)

 Rosal said that the payout will be done in three tranches, as stipulated in the approved Resolution No. 15-0290-2021 of the Sangguniang Panlungsod led by Vice Mayor Bobby Cristobal.

“The government is duty-bound to assist the underprivileged and economically vulnerable sectors of the society. The senior citizens who have contributed and dedicated their lives to serve our country during their prime age need to be taken care of in this challenging time. The tricycle drivers who are our vital partners to fuel our economy also need help as they are braving for every day’s social services to the public despite the pandemic,” he said.

Rosal lauded the city council for passing a resolution that would assist economic aid for vulnerable sectors of the society.

Wilfredo Intia, head of the Office for Senior Citizens Affair (OSCA) said the cash assistance was distributed through the help of the Barangay Association of Senior Citizens Affairs and personnel of the City Treasurer’s Office.

Intia said that the distribution of cash aid to the beneficiaries is in consonance with IAFT safety protocols as a precautionary measure against coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

Corazon “Lola Azon” Serrano, 70, of Maoyod village expressed gratitude to the city government of Legazpi for providing financial aid as she could use it to buy her medicine and food provision.

The 18,500 members of the senior citizens were given P1,500 each, while the 2,500 tricycle drivers got P1,000 each.

”Maogma ako at nagpapasalamat sa city government sa pamamayo ni Mayor Rosal sa tinaong assistensiya sa mga senior citizens. Dakulang tabang na ini para sa pambakal kan bulong buda pagkakan lalo na dipisilon ang kwarta ngonian na hanapon dahil kan pandemya,” Serrano said.

(I’m happy and grateful to the city government of Legazpi led by Mayor Noel Rosal because the cash assistance given to us (seniors) is a big help for our medications and food requirements, specifically that money is not easy to earn during this pandemic.)

Similarly, the city government in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) provided cash assistance for poor students in senior high school to cushion the impact of the prevailing coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.

Rosal said that at least 1,666 poor students enrolled in senior high school were given P3,00 each cash assistance through their parents.

Rosal said the financial assistance materialized through a 5-million allocation from the national government. He said that the city government asked the assistance of 70 village officials to identify the names of the recipients which were submitted to the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) for financial aid.

Vice Mayor Robert Cristobal said that the cash assistance is part of the support to students, whose parents lost their jobs and livelihood due to Covid-19.

Cristobal said that after the cash assistance for grades 11 and 12 senior high school students, the city government will also provide financial assistance for 475 college students.

“We will also provide financial assistance to 475 college students in Legazpi where they will receive P4,000 each on October 4 and 5 aside cash assistance to the senior high school students,” Cristobal said.

Cristobal said that the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) will continue to pass urgent resolutions and local ordinances that would cushion the impact of the pandemic to the hapless communities here.

(By: Raneza Sabina Barcebal) 

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