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Speaker leads BPSF in Benguet; P412-M in government aid distributed

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The Bagong Pilipinas Serbisyo Fair (BPSF) has reached the peaks of Benguet, rolling out a total of P412 million in cash aid and government programs to 80,000 beneficiaries in the province from April 21 to 22.

House Speaker Martin Romualdez, one of the major proponents of the service caravan, led a total of 70 participating national government agencies in delivering over 326 services directly to the people of Benguet, including the distribution of some P261 million in financial aid.

“Today we are launching the New Pilipinas Service Fair in your province. This was developed in compliance with the order of our beloved President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. that the government actively reach out to the people it serves,” Romualdez said.

The BPSF in Benguet is the first in the Cordillera Autonomous Region and is the 15th installment of the service caravan that aims to cover all 82 provinces nationwide.

“In this Service Fair, the various branches of the government willingly come to you to deliver the help you need for our collective development,” Romualdez said.

“This is the message that we are conveying to you today: even a mountain will be climbed, to make sure that nothing is left behind in our promotion of the New Philippines,” the Speaker added.

Benguet Rep. Eric Go Yap served as the local host of the event with the support of Gov. Melchor Diclas.

The Benguet leg of the BPSF, attended by 63 members of the House of Representatives posted the highest recorded attendance of lawmakers in the service caravan. It edged out the Agusan del Norte leg of the BPSF, which drew the attendance of 62 solons.

All in all, the BPSF distributed a total of P261 million in cash aid and P151 million in-kind assistance in Benguet. This covers P110 million in social services, P10 million in health services, P50 million in agricultural services, P180 million in livelihood services, P35 million in educational assistance, P25 million in other government services and P1 million in regulatory services.

“Let’s be intentional about every branch of the government that is here, and ask how they can help you in our desire for a better future, whether it’s additional information, additional knowledge or training, jobs, additional investment or aid,” Romualdez told Benguet residents.

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