OVP ASSISTS HALF MILLION
Some 572,024 poor Filipinos received assistance from the office of Vice President Jejomar C. Binay since he took office in 2010.
In its fourth year accomplishment report, the Office of the Vice President (OVP) stated it provided food and water to 516,617 disaster survivors during relief operations.
From January to June 2014, the OVP distributed 14,961 packages of relief goods to families affected by fires and flashfloods.
Some 6,555 bags were given to fire victims in Taguig, Quezon City, Manila, Malabon, Caloocan, and Isla Verde in Davao.
Families in Cebu and Mandaue whose homes were razed to the ground received 2,000 food bags and 5,400 bottles of water.
Another 6,406 bags were distributed to families affected by flashfloods caused by monsoon rains in Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, and Agusan del Sur.
In the aftermath of super-typhoon Yolanda, Binay immediately went to the provinces of Capiz and Iloilo to give aid.
The OVP distributed around 20,000 relief bags in the municipalities of Dumarao, Cuartero, Panay, Dao, Roxas City, Ivisan, Tapaz, Dumalag, Sigma and President Roxas in Capiz. Another 15,000 bags were given to affected residents in Zarraga, Pototan, Barotac Nuevo, Banate, Passi, Lemery, Janiuay, San Dionisio, Lambunao, Concepcion, Estancia, and Dumangas in Iloilo.
Some 5,000 bags of relief goods were sent to Bantayan Island in Cebu.
Binay and his staff were one of the first responders during the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that rocked the provinces of Bohol and Cebu in October.
The OVP distributed 1,000 food packs and 7,000 bottles of water in Cebu City. It handed out 12,000 relief bags and 1,000 gallons of water in Maribojoc, Sagbayan, San Isidro, Baclayon and other affected municipalities in Bohol.
The OVP handed out 95,938 bags of relief goods to families in Metro Manila, Pangasinan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Zambales, Pampanga, Bulacan, Bataan, Tarlac, Aurora, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal.
In 2013, the Rescue Volunteer Teams from the OVP were able to save, rescue and evacuated 793 individuals and 82 families.
Besides relief operations, OVP has been active in providing medical assistance, burial/funeral assistance, medical missions, relief operations, educational assistance, and other services to help alleviate the plight of the poor.
In March 2014, 7,832 persons benefited from separate medical missions of the OVP in Nueva Vizcaya, Zamboanga, and Nueva Ecija. Some 2,666 beneficiaries were able to take part in simultaneous medical missions in Nueva Vizcaya, including 811 in Bayombong, 482 in Dupax del Norte, 556 in Dupax del Sur, 428 in Kasibu, and 389 in Kayapa.
In Zamboanga, the OVP served 419 beneficiaries in Barangay Sta. Catalina, 498 in Barangay Talon-Talon, 488 in Barangay Taluksangay, 509 in Barangay Tetuan, and 384 in Barangay Tulungatung.
Some 563 beneficiaries were served in Gibaldon, 758 in Licab, 434 in Llanera, 550 in Peñaranda, and 563 in Quezon all in Nueva Ecija.
In total, the OVP, in partnership with local government units and volunteer medical practitioners, has provided a total free medical, dental, and optical services to 91,505 beneficiaries since 2010. It also provided 612 wheelchairs to persons with disabilities.
For the first quarter of 2014, 1,152 beneficiaries also received medical assistance from the OVP. Binay’s office released P8.58 million from January to March, or an average of P7,454 per recipient.
Another P437,500 was released to 198 beneficiaries as burial assistance, P100,000 for maintenance medicines of 36 patients, and P83,900 for the transport of 15 cadavers.
In sum, the OVP assisted 23,365 beneficiaries who asked for medical assistance since 2010. The requests varied from settling hospital bills; paying for chemotherapy sessions, medicines, surgery and other procedures; or buying implants and hearing aids. The OVP also reached out to 1,476 indigents who needed funeral/burial/transportation assistance.
The OVP’s scholarship grant-in-aid program also continues to assist 1,500 scholars in state colleges and universities nationwide.
Binay’s office also partnered with select private schools for its scholarship program. This includes AMA Computer University/ACLAC/ABE, St. Jude College & Medical Center, Manila Central University, Manila Business College, and University of Batangas.
The OVP also distributed school supplies to 32,275 elementary pupils, most of whom belong to indigenous groups, and distributed medals and certificates of recognition to 21,980 students.
From 2011 to 2013, the OVP also helped fund the construction or repair of around 700 senior citizens’ centers nationwide. The centers serve as venues for assemblies, recreation and sports activities, and medical missions.
Medical equipment—including wheelchairs, sphygmomanometers, nebulizers and stethoscopes—were donated to 44 Offices for Senior Citizens Affairs.
Amid the controversy over the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) in September last year, Binay formally requested Congress to remove the P200 million social services fund from the OVP’s budget for 2014.
The fund was given starting 2011 and originally came from the unused PDAF of then Sen. Benigno Aquino III. In 2012 and 2013, the amount was integrated into the OVP’s regular budget. /MP