Non-SAP beneficiaries, senior citizens get aid from Candon LGU

CANDON CITY — The city government officials, headed by Mayor Ericson G. Singson, have started to distribute relief and financial help to residents who have not received any assistance amid the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Among the recipients were those who have not receive assistance from the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, TUPAD or Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers program of the Department of Labor and Employment, assistance from the Department of Agriculture and those who aren’t members of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps.

“Our goal is to provide assistance to all non-SAP beneficiaries, including distressed Overseas Filipino Workers, non-resident stranded workers and students,” said Vice Mayor Kristelle Singson who accompanied Mayor Singson during the distribution on Tuesday, May 5.

As of today, a total of 1,086 non-SAP beneficiaries have received the assistance.

“Our target is more or less 7,900 beneficiaries, including stranded workers and students,” she added.

The assistance from the city government is composed of Php1,000.00 cash, half cavan of rice, and canned goods.

Along with these, relief goods composed of various grocery items and sacks of rice from donors were also distributed to the beneficiaries.

“We are grateful for all the donations coursed through the LGU. It’s a huge help to augment the assistance given by the city government. They are being distributed and are all accounted for,” said Vice Mayor Singson.

The donors were Senator Cynthia Villar, Ilocos Sur Second District Representative Kristine Singson and former Congressman Eric Singson and Candon City administrator Grace G. Singson, OKADA and Jaime Ongpin Foundation, JTC, Addessa, and Candonians International.

She added, “Aside from the assistance for our non-SAP beneficiaries, we have already provided relief goods to all families in Candon City, with a total of 19,733 all in all in 2 waves.”

Vice Mayor Singson also assured that the city’s Market on Wheels will also continue for those barangays far from the city proper.

“As for the “Agkasapulan a Candonians, Tulungan” (ACT) program (Adopt-a-Family), kakatapos lang din ng second wave nito. We are consolidating the reports for posting,” she added.

The program encourages individuals, households and organizations to adopt-a-family in need in the city during the quarantine period.

And to show care to those who are vulnerable in times of health crisis, the city government is also distributing medicine (Vitamin C) to all senior citizens in Candon.

A total of 7,479 senior citizens are expected to receive the said medicine to help boost their strength especially with the threat of COVID-19 in the city.

“As servants of the city, it is our mandate and obligation to look after the welfare of our constituents, especially these trying times. This is when they need us the most, kaya lahat ng tulong na pwede ibigay, ibibigay sa kanila,” said Vice Mayor Singson.