ORMOC CITY Mayor Richard Gomez joined via Zoom the distribution of P10,000 livelihood assistance grant (LAG) held at the Ormoc Superdome, from July 19-21, 2021.
Maribel Gucela, acting City Social Welfare and Development officer said the total fund amounting to Php 19,452,000 allocated from the livelihood project, under the leadership of Mayor Gomez, was sourced out from Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
The funds was obtained through the efforts made by his wife, Congresswoman Lucy Torres-Gomez of the 4th District and the Ormoc Development Team (ODT) led by Mayor Gomez.
It was learned that as of this writing there were already 1,945 target beneficiaries who benefitted from the said livelihood project initiated by the City Government for its residents greatly affected by the ongoing threats of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
Gomez said: “The OCLC’s goal is to provide a long-term livelihood and a sustainable income to the city’s underprivileged and vulnerable sectors, and their families, who were severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our hardworking city officials Vice Mayor Leo Carmelo L. Locsin, Jr., Committee Chairperson on Employment, Livelihood and Manpower Development SP Member Nolito Quilang, Committee Chairperson on Cooperative and Accreditation SP Member Roiland Villasencio including our compassionate Mayor Gomez advised the recipients to use the received cash assistance appropriately for the program’s intentions and hoping the said beneficiaries will be future entrepreneurs for the long-term.”
Meanwhile Mayor Gomez also distributed 1 sack of rice when Ormoc City was placed under Enhance Community Quarantine (ECQ) in April last year.
The mayor has given 1 sack of rice (50 kls), adding that the one sack of rice would be enough to families who were forced to stay home because of the stricter quarantine protocols imposed by the IATF in ECQ areas.
“If I opted to repack, I won’t be able to distribute everything on time. Matapos na lang ang ECQ, di pa maaabutan lahat. Giving them one sack of rice at once will save me a lot of time and effort,” was Goma’s answer when asked.
Because of that plan, Goma said, it only took him 4 days to distribute the goods to the right beneficiaries.
“No need for lists. Each house got their supply. I have 67,000 constituents. You have an emergency here, and these people need immediate assistance. Why waste time in making a list? Goma asked.
According to a report, the good mayor sourced the funding from the calamity fund, General Fund, and 30 percent of the Development Fund.