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1,080 trykes get Pantawid Pasada assistance in E. Samar

By NINFA B. QUIRANTE, PIA Borongan
July 2, 2011

BORONGAN, Eastern Samar   Some 1,080 tricycle operators/drivers in Eastern Samar are eligible to get the Pantawid Pasada financial assistance.

In the recent list provided by Lito Zacarias of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) four municipalities to include Balangkayan, Can-avid, Dolores and Quinapondan have been allotted assistance good for some 283 trykes.

This is in addition to the earlier number of beneficiaries of some 797 from the municipalities of Balangiga, Gen MacArthur, Hernani, Mercedes, Salcedo, San Julian, Sulat, Taft, Oras and Maydolong.

Maydolong town was the first LGU to distribute the P150 Pantawid Pasada Assistance.

According to San Julian Mayor George Erroba, he and DILG representative Nida dela Cruz will distribute the fund assistance on Tuesday, July 5, 2011.

As for bigger and urbanized towns like Borongan and Guiuan, the paperworks are still rolling, said Zacarias.

The Pantawid Pasada is a national government program aimed at assisting the transport sector that has borne the brunt of high fuel prices in the past few months.

Meanwhile, in the municipalities of Maslog and Jipapad which are upstream, boat operators also clamor for the assistance.

There are no land transport in the two inland municipalities which can be reached through the river and thus use outrigger boats for transport.

These motorized boats that consume gasoline are also registered in the local government units, according to Maslog Mayor Septemio Santiago.