BALANGA CITY, Bataan – Constituents of the province in different interviews hail and thank the program of the provincial government in raising the amount of the burial assistance under the Libreng Libing Program, saying that this will not only lessen the burden of those families in their time of grief but will be able to assist them financially, giving a decent funeral service to their deceased loved ones.
Mang Tano Sevilla, a resident of Abucay, in a brief interview, said “ang dami na pong naitulong ng probinsya sa amin, natulungan po ang asawa ko nung nasa BGH at hanggang sa namatay ay malaking bagay pa rin po na natulungan kami sa burol nya, kaya ganon na lang po ang pasasalamat namin kay Gov. Abet,” said the senior citizen.
Aling Tessie Andal of Orion, while waiting for a tricycle, when asked if she knew about LLP, said, “nakakatuwa naman po pala sa atin (Bataan), hindi lang buhay ang natutulungan ng gobyerno, kundi pati sa kanyang pagkamatay ay natutulungan pa rin ang mahihirap.”
Other ordinary people when interviewed remarked that they’re happy to hear that the provincial government is really after the welfare of the people, that raising the amount of the burial assistance is such a big help, while others said that they can feel the concern of the government, though deprived of basic needs, they know they have a government that’s ready to help them,
Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer, Mrs. Marlyn Tigas, said that the main feature of the new Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) is that, it increased the burial assistance by 2 thousand pesos, because before, for deceased children aged 10 years and below, she said they’re extending 6 thousand for LLP while for adult, 11 years old and above, it’s 8 thousand, but with the continuous increase in prices, it’s just but fair to raise the amount of assistance, added Tigas.
Mrs. Tigas also said that she appealed to the 11 owners of the funeral parlor to avoid conniving with the deceased family members by providing different receipts for them to make claims in other agencies.
Likewise, for funeral parlor owners, she also explained that to avoid intermingling in their areas of operation, the funeral parlor accredited by the provincial government shall only operate on the location or proximity of the area of their beneficiaries.
Mrs. Tigas also said that from January to April of this year (2017) LLP has extended assistance to 385 families compared to last year, they were able to serve 1,739 families.