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Gov releases P2.2M financial aid to 19 barangays
By: Mylen Manto | Published Monday, August 10, 2020
Gov. Gwen Garcia, together with 5th District Congressman Duke Frasco and Board Member Red Duterte, distributed financial assistance to 19 barangays in Liloan, Catmon and Sogod towns on Friday, August 7. (Junjie Mendoza)

Barangay captains from Liloan, Catmon, and Sogod towns could not hide their happiness as they received the financial assistance from the Cebu Provincial Government on Friday, August 7. 

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia handed at least P2.2 million aid to 19 barangays from the said municipalities for their socio-cultural activities and infrastructure projects from the Office of the Governor.

In her first assembly with the 1,066 barangays in Cebu Province last year, the governor announced that she will be giving P50,000 for the socio-cultural activities of each barangay and another P100,000 as bonus for those who attended the assembly to be used for infrastructure projects.

As promised, Garcia went around the Province to distribute the financial assistance. However, it was put on hold because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Province’s economy is also struggling, she said, as the pandemic pushed business establishments to be closed and Cebuanos were ordered to stay at home for more than four months.

Now, with Cebu Province placed under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), Garcia said it is prompt to open up the tourism industry again, with strict health protocols as contained in her Executive Orders (EO).

“Ania ko karon kay panahon na nga maapod-apod tong check nga dugay na unta ninyo dapat madawat. Lagi, kay unsaun man nag Covid man intawn, nag-pandemya man ta,” she said.

“Pila na ka buwan ang atong ekonomiya nag-sara, nag-lockdown ta. Pagkadaghan na nga mga negosyo, daghang mga trabaho ang naundang. Ug tungod niini, daghan kaayo ang naglisod. Di man sad mahimo nga magpadayon ang gobyerno, magsige og sustiner kay unsa naman lang ubang proyekto? Mao na karon ang atong gipaningkamutan buksan na nato’g balik ang ekonomiya,” the governor stated.

The Capitol is not realigning its funds despite the pandemic. Infrastructure projects like road concreting of provincial and barangay roads, road widening, and other such projects, will continue. 

The barangay chiefs expressed their gratitude to the governor for her efforts.

The governor also shared that the Provincial Government will allocate P2.5 million for each town and component city for the implementation of the SugBusog Program wherein Cebuanos are encouraged to plant vegetables to help boost their immune system. The financial assistance is also for the purchase of vitamins for their constituents; purchase of air purifier system with hepa filters and ionizers, and UV sterilizing lamps to be distributed to the local government establishments and health centers; and putting up or enhancing of their nurseries where lemonsito, turmeric, and ginger will be propagated.

As the governor of the Province of Cebu, Garcia assured that she will continue to find ways to make Cebuanos safe amidst the pandemic. 

She had sleepless nights doing research, gathering and analyzing data on Covid-19. She also conducted a series of meetings with different national and local agencies to ensure all sectors are consulted before issuing the EOs that enumerate Capitol’s mitigating measures to fight Covid-19.

“Unsaon ta ni nga naa man gihapon ang Covid, di man gihapon ta makaingon og di pud ko makasaad nga mawala ning Covid, naa nana, dawaton ta na. Unsaon ni nato, nga ang atong kaugalingon matagaan og kasiguraduhan. Gibalik-balik ko na ni, ang una gyud nato nga depensa ang atong kaugalingong immune system,” she stressed. (Mylen Manto)