1,080 trykes get
Pantawid Pasada assistance in E. Samar
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE, PIA Borongan
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.