Around 1,603 public market vendors from different parts of the province of Capiz received assistance from Senator Christopher “Bong” Go in two separate aid distributions held on Thursday, November 12 at the Villareal Stadium in Roxas City.
The first batch of beneficiaries, consisting of 792 public market vendors from Roxas City, and the municipalities of Pontevedra, Pan-ay and Ma-ayon, were given free meals, food packs, masks, face shields and vitamins. The same assistances were also given to the second batch consisting of 811 public market vendors from the municipalities of Pilar, Dumalag, President Roxas and Dao.
“Nabalitaan ko na ‘yung mga vendors po, mahina ang kita ninyo kaya gusto kong makatulong. Nabasa ko rin ang inyong mga sinulat sa cartolina pero ‘wag kayong magpasalamat sa amin dahil trabaho namin ‘yan. Kami ang dapat magpasalamat sa inyo dahil binigyan ninyo kami ng pagkakataon na magserbisyo po sa inyong lahat,” Go said in a video call.
The distribution was conducted while complying with necessary health and safety protocols to avoid the further spread of COVID-19. The Senator also urged beneficiaries to wear the masks and face shields provided to them. Go reminded them to strictly follow health protocols to safeguard themselves from the COVID-19.
“Pakiusap po, suotin ninyo dahil delikado pa po ang panahon. Mag-social distancing at maghugas ng kamay. Kung di naman kailangan, ‘wag muna umalis ng bahay dahil delikado pa ang panahon,” he said.
The Senator also provided bicycles tor selected recipients as public transportation has been limited for those who commute to work, and others have received tablets for their children’s use in the digital learning platform.
“Meron din po akong pinadalang bisikleta magagamit n’yo sa inyong trabaho at mga tablets para sa inyong mga anak. Sa mga kabataan, mag-aral kayong mabuti dahil nagpapakamatay ang inyong mga magulang makapagtapos lang kayo sa pag-aaral. Edukasyon ang puhunan natin,” Go said.
Go also mentioned that once the vaccine for COVID-19 becomes available, he and President Rodrigo Duterte will make sure the poor and the vulnerable are prioritized.
“’Wag kayong mag-alala. Pag meron nang vaccine, safe na vaccine, uunahin namin ang mahihirap. Uunahin namin ang mga vendors para makabalik na tayo sa normal na pamumuhay. Sisikapin naming maibigay ito ng libre sa mga pinakanangangailangan,” he said.
Meanwhile, personnel from the Department of Social Welfare and Development separately provided financial assistance to the beneficiaries through their existing programs that aim to assist individuals in crisis situations.
Additionally, the Department of Trade and Industry will provide livelihood packages for beneficiaries after their assessment. The Department of Agriculture also assessed beneficiaries for their financial grant and other agri-related assistance programs.
“Konting tiis lang po, mga kababayan ko. Alam kong nahirapan kayo, at kami rin dito, nahirapan kami pero gagawin namin ang lahat para sa mga Pilipino sa abot ng aming makakaya,” Go said.
The Senator also informed the beneficiaries that they may avail of medical assistance for their healthcare needs from the nearest Malasakit Center located at Roxas Memorial Provincial Hospital.
The Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop where all four government agencies, namely the DSWD, Department of Health, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and PhilHealth, are already under one roof, with special lanes for senior citizens and persons with disabilities.
Despite the ongoing pandemic, Go continues to reach out and extend much needed assistance to Filipinos in crisis situations.
“Pinagdarasal namin parati ni Pangulong Duterte na makabalik na tayo sa ating normal na pamumuhay. Magtulungan lang po tayo. Sino ba naman ang magtutulungan kundi tayo rin po kapwa Pilipino. Basta kami, patuloy kaming magseserbisyo sa inyo,” Go ended.