House Appropriations chairman and Benguet catetaker congressman Eric Go Yap formally filed his certificate of candidacy Tuesday morning seeking his first term as a regular representative of Benguet.
The solon will be running under United Benguet, a local party he formed together with incumbent Governor Melchor Diclas, who also filed his re-election bid togther with him.
“Ngayong pandemic, marami tayong tinutulungan at hindi tayo pwede basta bastang iwan natin yung probinsya sa gitna ng pandemic,” Yap said while assuring the delivery of basic health services and the continued funding for all the projects started under his term.
Yap added although he may not be born in Benguet, he has learned to love the people and has embraced the culture.
“Yung pagmamalasakit at pagmamahal sa probinsya nasa atin. Nagfile po tayo para tuloy – tuloy po ang serbisyo sa tao,” added Yap.
Prior to his filing, Yap on Oct. 4 donated to the 13 municipalities including Benguet General Hospital 4×4 ambulance, boosting their response in times of emergency.
Yap, together with Diclas turned over the ambulances, capable of traversing the province’ terrain, to all the mayors of the 13 municipalities and representatives from the BeGH.
Yap clarified the ambulance equipped with medical kits, was sourced out from the donation of his father, Ingracio, which was earlier promised to the different chief executives of the 13 towns.
“Instead of using it for the campaign of United Benguet, naisip namin na gamitin na lang yung pera para ipambili ng ambulansya. Win-win situation ito para sa Benguet ano man ang mangyari sa election,” Yap said.
Yap added these ambulances will greatly speed up the delivery of quality health care services to the residents of Benguet.
The solon, since becoming Benguet’s caretaker has been seeking ways to improve not only the livelihood but also the health and welfare of its residents.
In August this year, Yap also sourced out an ambulance for Tublay after the town’s lone ambulance bogged down and requires immediate replacement.
Yap has sought for assistance from the Pitmaster Foundation, which was established to initiate a charity project that aims to provide aid to indigent Filipinos, primarily to patients undergoing renal replacement therapy or hemodialysis.
Last year, three patient transport vehicles were turned over to the local government units of Bakun, Kapangan and Tuba, by the solon and the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).