Senator Christopher “Bong” Go personally visited and distributed assistance on Tuesday, 22 December, to market vendors and tricycle drivers in Pantukan, Davao de Oro.
Go and his team distributed meals, food packs, vitamins, masks and face shields to 75 market vendors and 300 tricycle drivers whose livelihood are adversely affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
The distribution was held at the Provincial Gym in Kingking, Pantukan. The team complied with strict health and safety protocols imposed by authorities,
“Kami po ay handang magserbisyo sa inyo, sa abot ng aming makakaya. Magseserbisyo at tutulong ako. Huwag kayong mahiyang lumapit sa akin,” Go said.
“Ngayong Pasko, patuloy lang po tayong mag-ingat dahil ang maayos na kalusugan at ligtas na komunidad ang pinaka-importanteng maibabahagi natin sa ating mga mahal sa buhay,” he added.
Go’s team also gave away bicycles to selected recipients which will help them in their daily commute to work amid limited public transport option due to community quarantine measures being imposed. He also provided computer tablets to other beneficiaries to help their children participate in the blended learning set-up being implemented in schools.
Go also told beneficiaries that once the COVID-19 vaccine is considered safe, effective and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the government will prioritize and ensure access for the poor and the vulnerable sectors, as well as frontliners.
“Huwag kayong mag-alala, kapag may vaccine na sa bansa at aprubado ng FDA, uunahin namin ang mga mahihirap at vulnerable. Kayo po mismo, uunahin namin ni Pangulong Duterte na mabigyan ng vaccine para makabalik na tayo sa normal,” Go said.
Go recognized the efforts of local government officials in responding to the needs of their constituents and for their untiring service amid various crises faced by the country.
Among those present which the Senator acknowledged were Governor Jayvee Tyron Uy, Congressman Ruwel Peter Gonzaga, Board Member Vivencia Secuya, Pantukan Mayor Roberto Yugo, and Vice Mayor Madel Malone Cervantes, among others.
He stressed the important role of barangay officials and urged them to fulfill their mandates, especially since their term has been extended through a law which he principally authored — postponing the barangay and SK elections to 2022.
“Mga kapitan, ang pangako namin noong nakaraang taon na i-postpone ang barangay election, tinupad po namin dahil kulang ang dalawang taon… pero isa lang ang pakiusap namin, huwag ninyong pabayaan ang mga tao sa inyong lugar, ‘yan lang ang pakiusap ko sa inyo, dahil kayo ang takbuhan at inaasahan nila — mga barangay officials,” he noted.
Representatives of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) were also present during the distribution of aid to provide separate additional financial assistance to the beneficiaries.
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) conducted an assessment of potential beneficiaries for their livelihood project while the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) also evaluated beneficiaries for their program which provides livelihood for disadvantaged or displaced workers.
Additionally, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) also assessed beneficiaries for their training program while the Department of Agriculture (DA) distributed vegetable seeds.
“Patuloy kaming tutulong sa mga Pilipino, lalong lalo na ang mga pinakaapektado sa pandemyang ito. Huwag po kayo mawalan ng pag-asa dahil hindi namin kayo pababayaan,” Go said.
“Kami ni Pangulong Duterte ay patuloy na magseserbisyo sa inyo dahil para sa amin ang serbisyo sa tao ay serbisyo sa Diyos,” he ended.
Later in the day, Go also personally extended similar aid to almost half a thousand market vendors in Carmen town in neighboring Davao del Norte province.
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