Kuya Bong sends aid to hundreds of market vendors in Tacloban City

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go sent aid to at least 210 market vendors in Tacloban City on Sunday, 20 December as his team continues to provide support to vulnerable sectors this Christmas season.

“Nalaman ko na patuloy kayong nahihirapan sa sitwasyon ngayon dahil sa COVID-19. Hindi ako nagdalawang isip na magpadala agad ng tulong sa inyong mga market vendors,” Go said in a video call during the distribution at the city’s Astrodome.

The beneficiaries that were given assistance belong to the third batch of market vendors in the city that received assistance from Go. The first two batches of aid distribution were held last 11 December.

Go provided food packs, meals, face shields, masks and vitamins.

“Inumin niyo itong vitamins para mananatiling malusog ang inyong pangangatawan. Gamitin niyo ang mga masks at face shield din para maiwasan natin ang pagkalat ng sakit, lalo na’t araw-araw kayong nakikipagtransaksyon sa iba’t ibang tao,” Go added.

Due to limited transportation and the need to commute to work, Go also gave away bicycles to selected recipients.

“Mayroon din akong pinapamigay na bisikleta dahil naiintindihan ko rin na hirap tayo ngayon sa transportasyon. Limitado dahil sa kasulukuyang health crisis na kinakaharap natin,” he added.

He also distributed tablets to another set of chosen beneficiaries for their children’s use for online classes under the blended learning set up.

“May mga tablets din akong ibibigay. Para po ito sa inyong mga anak sa kanilang pag-aaral. Alam natin na gusto lang maibigay natin ang edukasyon na kailangan ng ating mga anak,” Go said.

“Mga bata, gamitin ninyo ang tablet para sa inyong pag-aaral. Nagpapakahirap ang mga magulang ninyo para makapag-aral kayo. Suklian niyo ito sa pamamagitan ng pag-aaral ng mabuti. Isipin ninyo rin na puhunan ninyo ang edukasyon. Mga magulang, maraming salamat sa patuloy na pag-aruga ng inyong mga anak kahit mahirap ang panahon ngayon,“ he said.

As Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Go assured beneficiaries that once a safe and effective vaccine becomes available and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the poor and the vulnerable will be prioritized, together with frontliners including medical workers, teachers and uniformed personnel.

“Alam kong hirap tayong lahat ngayon pero gusto kong siguraduhin sa inyo na kapag may safe na vaccine na laban sa COVID-19, uunahin namin kayong mga mahihirap at vulnerable. Uunahin namin kayo ni Pangulo,” he said.

Meanwhile, personnel from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) distributed separate financial assistance to the beneficiaries. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) conducted an assessment of potential beneficiaries for their livelihood program.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) assisted the beneficiaries through their direct marketing program while the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) provided livelihood assistance for fisherfolks.

“Nariyan po ang DSWD, DTI, DA at BFAR na magbibigay sa inyo ng tulong sa pamamagitan ng mga programa nila. Tulong mula sa gobyerno po ito,” Go said.

“Tutulong kami hanggang sa abot ng aming makakaya dahil para sa amin ni Pangulong Duterte, ang serbisyo sa kapwa ay serbisyo sa Diyos,” he added.

While sharing the Christmas spirit, Go also advised the public to continue to follow health protocols to prevent the further spread of the disease especially during the holiday season.

Credit belongs to : www.tribune.net.ph

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