Tabuk City, Kalinga – In his visit to the Cordillera region on Saturday, July 29, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. distributed a total of P45 million cash aid to four provinces battered by Super Typhoon Egay.
As a province suffering from the most damage with over 252,000 individuals or nearly 75,000 families affected, Abra through Governor Dominic Valera received P20 million assistance from Marcos himself during his stop in Bangued.
Meanwhile, Benguet Gov. Melchor Diclas and Mountain Province Gov. Bonifacio Lacwasan Jr. got a check for P10 million each.
When the President moved to Cagayan province to likewise look into the situation and the damages left by the super typhoon, he handed over P5 million to Kalinga Gov. James Edubba.
Further, the Department of Agriculture which is also being headed by Marcos provided P9.9 million in aid for the recovery of Abrenian farmers, while the Department of Labor and Employment awarded P15 million under Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD).
Marcos was with his sister, Senator Imee Marcos, and DSWD Secretary Rex Gatchalian during the distribution of aid.
Baguio has yet to receive assistance from the said office but House Speaker Martin Romualdez arrived in the city on July 28 upon the order of the President and turned over P3 million worth of relief goods to camps of Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, Baguio City Rep. Mark Go, and Benguet Rep. Eric Yap.
As of writing, the second most affected province in the region – Apayao, including Ifugao province, is yet to be given assistance by the Office of the President.
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