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200 plus benefit from Lucy’s financial assistance coursed through DOLE

Cong. Lucy Torres-Gomez takes a quick look at her notes during a talk before beneficiaries of her livelihood assistance program in Isabel, Leyte, with her funds coursed through the DOLE.

ISABEL, LEYTE – Congresswoman Lucy Torres-Gomez, in her recent visit, turned over P 2.6-million worth of livelihood assistance to more than 200 people in this town whose incomes were affected after PASAR stopped operations last January. Included in the group were 38 beneficiaries with slight disabilities who got 10 trisikad units.
The turnover of the checks and trisikads for livelihood assistance was attended by Cyril Ticao, assistant regional director of the Department of Labor and Employment; Leyte Pride Project President Dominic Petilla and provincial board member Deborah “Ebon” Bertulfo. Also present were Mayor Saturning Medina, Jr., vice mayor Cherry Ann Dayandayan and a majority of the councilors. Comprising Lucy’s party was her brother Matt, brother-in-law Vince Rama and political affairs officer Lito Cotiangco.
Cyril Ticao said that the assistance the beneficiaries got is under DOLE’s Emergency Employment Assistance Program. He told the beneficiaries that they should thank Congresswoman Lucy Torres-Gomez for her effort to help them and push for the release of the funds. Ticao said he is hopeful that Isabelanons would receive more projects from their office and that of Lucy’s, and he would continue working with them with and through the congresswoman, whom he commended for her determination in securing livelihood assistance funds released that day.
For her part, Lucy said she was very pleased at the cooperation she got from her partners in the livelihood assistance program. “This is what happens when different government agencies come together,” the congresswoman said, adding she was inspired by the life stories of the beneficiaries like that of Reynel Galos who gave a testimony on how useful the computer would be that he got for his graphic arts business despite his being with disability.
Galos also promised, and enjoined the other beneficiaries to do likewise, that “ako jud palamboon inyo gihatag; dili usikan ang blessing.”
Mayor Medina, known for being a man of few words, extended his gratitude to Lucy and all those involved in the program, saying its impact “can be tremendous”. Romelo Mappala, president of the Isabel Contractual Agencies Association for Industrial Peace (IsCAAIP) agreed heartily.
For his part, Dom Petilla acknowledged the help that PASAR contributes to the locality, saying that is why workers there are heroes too and deserved to be taken cared of in the face of plant shutdown, displacing some workers. He commended Mayor Medina who worked hard for the projects to be implemented and hoped the beneficiaries’ gratitude would extend beyond just “thank you’s.”
In ending, Lucy reminded the beneficiaries to update their mayor and to correspond with DOLE about how the financial assistance have helped them. “More than just helping people, we like to hear happy endings, too”, said Lucy. By Mutya Collander

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