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SET ASIDE POLITICS, GIVE UNBIASED ASSISTANCE – GOV TO MAYORS
By: Eleanor Valeros | Published Tuesday, May 05, 2020
Gov. Gwen Garcia calls on town and city mayors in Cebu to go beyond politics and provide the necessary assistance to all constituents in need as the Province faces the Covid-19 pandemic. (Tonee Despojo)

The Cebu Provincial Government already downloaded its cash assistance to all towns and cities under its jurisdiction last month to minimize the socioeconomic impacts of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) on their constituents. 

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia reiterated this during her Facebook livestream report on Monday, May 4 in response to continuous inquiries about the Capitol’s help extended to the local government units (LGUs).

She also called on mayors to go beyond political differences and provide unbiased assistance to all constituents as the entire province is faced with the Covid-19 pandemic.

This, after she received complaints from Bantayan town residents who allegedly did not receive the Capitol’s assistance due to “political affiliation.”

“Daan na gyud ko nag-awhag nga ang tabang ipadagayday sa tanan. Kay ang tanan naglisud. Ang uban nawad-ag panginabuhi. Ang gutom dili man na magpili kon kaalyado ba na or kontra,” she expressed.

The governor earlier committed to provide more assistance through distribution of half of the Provincial Government’s monthly IRA to the LGUs, but considered distributing goods, instead of cash, because of verified reports on inequality in the sharing of assistance.

“Maayo pag ipalit ko na lang ni diretso’g bugas ug i-distribute sa constituents. But I wanted baya unta all mayors nga kamo nay mo-take care sa inyong mga constituent. Misalig man ko ninyo,” she said. 

“There are outstanding mayors. But naa sad gyu’y namolitika. Dili sa lagi ta anang politika. Dili ni panahon nga mamolitika ta. Naa’y panahon para ana,” Garcia further stressed.

Capitol’s financial assistance given to each LGU was based on its population and income class. 

First- to third-class component cities received Php 50.00 per person while Php 100.00 per person was accorded to fourth- to sixth-class cities.

For municipalities, first-class towns received Php 100.00 per person, Php 150.00 for second- and third-class, and P200 for fourth- and fifth-class LGUs.

For example, Mandaue City, a first-class component city, received an allocation of Php 50.00 per person. With the city’s population rounded off to 362,600, the LGU received Php 18.1 million. It already has Php 754.1 million from its Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) for Fiscal Year 2020.

Talisay City, a third-class city with population of 227,600, received Php 11.3 million. It has an IRA amounting to Php 706.7 million.

City of Naga, a fourth-class city with population of 115,700 and assistance allocation of Php 100.00 per person, received Php 11.5 million. Its IRA for this year reached Php 562.7 million.

Bogo City, a fifth-class LGU with population of 78,100, received cash assistance amounting to Php 7.8 million. It has an IRA of P495.8 million.

“Sa municipalities nga first class, for example, sa Bantayan, gitagaan na nato’g Php100.00 per person. Busa ang Bantayan nga duna’y rounded-off population nga 79,000, nakadawat og P7.9 million. Another example, ang Argao duna man siya’y population nga 72,300 gitagaan na nato’g P7.2 million,” Garcia pointed out.

Other towns classified as first class are Minglanilla, Balamban, Daanbantayan, Liloan, Consolacion, and Dalaguete.

Second-class and third-class municipalities in the province are San Fernando, Barili, Pinamungajan, Tuburan, Medellin, Cordova, Sibonga, Asturias, San Remigio, Tabogon, Carmen, Compostela, San Francisco, Badian, and Dumanjug.

Meanwhile, fourth-class and fifth-class towns are Santander, Aloguinsan, Tabuelan, Santa Fe, Madridejos, Borbon, Sogod, Catmon, Poro, Alegria, Moalboal, Alcoy, Boljoon, Samboan, Tudela, Pilar, Ginatilan, Malabuyoc, Alcantara, and Ronda. (Eleanor Valeros)