Provincial Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo addressed the beneficiaries of the financial assistance from the National Government through the TUPAD (Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced) workers program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and through the Office of the President for the displaced workers in the Province of Lanao del Norte.
“I am just an instrument of the government and through the kindness of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte spearheaded the program to provide financial assistance to you, that were displaced or laid-off from your jobs due to the closure of the company or business as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Governor Angging humbly said.
The Provincial Chief Executive at the beginning of her speech asked the beneficiaries if they have truly understood the health threat posed by COVID-19 and its effect to the country and the rest of the world, and reminded them that the health measures established by the Provincial Government are for the best interest of the general public that is to protect the health and safety of the residents in accordance with the guidelines set by the Inter-Agency Task Force and by strictly implementing the health protocols recommended by the Department of Health.
“As leaders, we are not strictly implementing the guidelines for our benefit, we are doing this in the belief that it is the right thing to do, to ensure that you and your family are safe from this pandemic. I hope that the sacrificed we have made will serve its purpose and I appeal to you all to help me and the government inform your family, relatives, and friends, for them to understand why we are strict in implementing the protocols and constantly reminding you to follow and observe physical or social distancing, wearing of face mask, and proper hygiene. Let us take this threat seriously. President Duterte is doing his best to protect the health of the people and initiate various programs to ensure that Filipinos can sustain in this fight. The Government needs your full cooperation and support to put an end to COVID-19, and to heal as one.”
Governor Angging on the other hand, emphasized to the beneficiaries to use the received assistance to purchase essential goods for the family, and not for personal wants.
The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte through the leadership of Governor Angging and with the support of the Congressional Offices of 1st District Representative, Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza Dimaporo and 2nd District Representative, Congressman Abdullah ‘Bobby’ Dimakuta Dimaporo, has continuously find ways to provide assistance to the residents of the province to help ease the burden brought by COVID-19.
The activity was held at the Gymnasium of Mindanao Civic Center Sports Complex, Tubod, on June 8, 2020. PIO-LDN