BAGUIO CITY, June 1) PIA) -- Department of Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista praised Sadanga, Mountain Province Mayor Gabino Ganggangan for the good practices exemplified during the community quarantine due to COVID-19.
"Binabati kita sa nga magagandang practices na ginawa mo sa bayan ng Sadanga," the Secretary told Ganggangan who was a guest during the Laging Handa Network Briefing today hosted by Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Martin Andanar.
"Gusto ko lang i-emphasize na ang municipality of Sadanga marami silang practices na kailangan ibrobcast natin sa buong sambayahan. Ang Sadanga hindi talaga tumanggap ng food packs and binabangit nila ditong self- resilency. Yung pagsoli din ng amount , don din nakikita ang kultura nila na pagtutulongan at bayanihan kasi nalaman doon na ang mga tao kung sino ang may kaya ay shinishare nila sa nangangailangan, " Bautista added.
The Secretary was referring to Sadanga's forgoing the food packs from DSWD in favour of the more needy in the urban areas and returning excess Social Amelioration Fund amounting to P1.4 million.
Ganggangan shared why he decided to waive the food packs from DSWD during the Enhanced Community Quarantine .
Two weeks into the ECQ, he was informed that DSWD food packs are available for local government units. When he learned that it contained rice and saw on TV that many people in the urban areas are in need of food due to restricted movements, and confident that Sadanga has sufficient rice and with harvest time in two-month time, he decided to waive the food pack in favour to those in need and be of help to others especially in this time of crisis.
Ganggangan said it is inherent in their culture to be resilient and to look into concerns and needs of each others in times of trouble or calamities like the present COVID-19 situation.
He shared they have an indigenous system that takes care of the more needy. If there are families who are about to run of rice stock, there are relatives, the "kadangyans"(better off) whom they can borrow from. He said every year they do not sell their harvest, they keep it in their granaries for next year's supply.
On the Special Amelioration Fund, the mayor shared that identification of qualified beneficiaries was done by the barangay officials in coordination with the local social welfare and development officers based on the SAP guidelines. When the listing was finalized, distribution was systematically organized. When all the eligible families were given their SAP financial assistance, there was unexpended amount which the LGU returned to DSWD.
Bautista also lauded the Cordillerans for their culture of resiliency - "na hanggat kaya nila ay hindi sila nanghihingi. " He cited that of the 77 LGUs in the Cordillera, 50 have not submitted wait-listed or left out list for SAP financial assistance.
Andanar also congratulated Ganggangan and the municipality of Sadanga for showcasing the real essence of "Bayanihan" and relevant cultural practices in this trying times.
The DSWD has sent a team last week to document the good practices of the Sadanga people.( JDP/PIA CAR).