Over 400,000 individuals were given assistance by Vice President Jejomar Binay since he took office in 2010, his midterm accomplishment report revealed Saturday.
According to the report, through Binay’s office budget, including his P200-million Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), the Office of the Vice President (OVP) helped 459,543 indigent beneficiaries across the nation.
The report showed that most of the beneficiaries were calamity victims, hence a large number received medical assistance, burial/funeral assistance, medical missions, relief operations, and educational assistance.
“Early in January this year, Binay’s office led relief efforts after typhoon Quinta struck Capiz and Aklan. The OVP distributed 3,600 relief goods in eight municipalities in Capiz including Tapaz, 600 bags; Dumalag, 650; Dumarao, 600; Cuartero, 600; Ivisan, 500; Dao, 300; Sigma, 200; and Panay, 150,” the report stated.
This added to the 161,868 bags of food items distributed in 2012, and 143,397 bags delivered to calamity victims in 2011.
Binay himself was able to lead on many of these relief operations.
Also, through the Vice President’s PDAF, 62,483 Filipinos have benefited from medical missions providing free medical, dental, and ophthalmological services.
Likewise, 15,478 Filipinos received medical assistance extended by the OVP which include requests for assistance ranged from payment for dialysis, hospital bills, chemotherapy sessions, medicines, surgery and other procedures, implants, and hearing aids.
The report also showed that the OVP extended funeral/burial/transport assistance to 858 beneficiaries.
Moreover, the OVP’s scholarship grant-in-aid program now helps a total of 1,160 scholars in state colleges and universities.
Binay’s office also has 180 college scholars in private institutions after extending the scholarship program to selected private colleges and universities like AMA Computer University/ACLAC/ABE, St. Jude College & Medical Center, Manila Central University, Manila Business College and University of Batangas.
Similarly, the vice president helped in giving educational support to 22,575 elementary pupils who are mostly members of Indigenous Peoples groups. They received bags, notebooks, pencils and other school supplies through Binay’s office.
The OVP also recognized 13,980 students through the distribution of medals and certificates of recognition.
Further, the report showed that Binay continues to advocate for the elderly people stating that from “2011 to 2012, the OVP funded the construction or repair of 500 senior citizens’ centers nationwide. Around 200 more are expected to be built through the Vice President’s PDAF this year.”
It is directed to support on 4th and 5th class municipalities in the country.
The OVP also led feeding programs that benefited 470 recipients and the giving of wheelchairs to 486 persons with disabilities.
These accomplishments have led the OVP to gain recognition from the Commission on Audit (COA).
In a report published this year, COA lauded OVP’s social services programs for the year 2012.
The OVP’s accounting office was also lauded for being considered as one of the most outstanding accounting offices in the country.
Meanwhile, the vice president is expected to continue providing the same good service to the Filipino people until the end of his term in 2016.
According to the report, for 2013, Binay plans to allocate the first tranche of his PDAF for the following services: P50 million for the construction or repair of senior citizens’ centers;
P10 million for the distribution of relief goods, school supplies, other social services;
P15 million for the purchase of medicines as well as medical supplies and equipment including wheelchairs, nebulizers, sphygmomanometers and stethoscopes; and P25 million for the scholarship grants for college students and teachers taking up masteral and doctoral degrees. PNA