On Wednesday, October 28, the office of Senator Christopher “Bong” Go distributed meals, food packs, masks, and face shields to 374 vendors, at the Pandi Public Market in Pandi, Bulacan, as COVID-19 continues to adversely affect their livelihoods.
Aside from the said aid, Go’s team also handed out bicycles to selected recipients to help them in their daily commute to work. They also provided tablets to some beneficiaries to help their children adapt to blended learning in schools.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development likewise gave financial assistance and additional food packs. Representatives from the Department of Trade and Industry were also present during the event to assess those who are eligible for their livelihood assistance under their existing programs.
Expressing his concern for market vendors, Go reminded them to strictly follow health protocols to safeguard themselves from the COVID-19.
“Sa mga kababayan ko diyan, alam kong hirap na hirap po ang ating mga public market vendors sa inyong negosyo at kadalasan din po d’yan ang hawaan ng sakit sa pinagtatrabahuhan ninyo. Kaya naman po napili namin na abutan kayo ng tulong para maprotektahan ang inyong sarili at matulungang makaahon muli ang inyong kabuhayan,” he said.
“Meron lang po akong paalala sa inyo, mag-ingat po kayo, dapat social distancing palagi. ‘Yung face shield at mask, pakisuot lang po ito. Kung hindi na kailangang umalis ng bahay, ‘wag muna umalis. Hugas po kayo ng kamay, panatilihing malinis ang paligid at sunod lang kayo sa gobyerno dahil para naman po sa kapakanan ninyo ang ginagawa namin,” he reminded them.
Despite the ongoing public health crisis, the Senator continues to reach out and extend much needed assistance to Filipinos in crisis situations.
“Patuloy akong tutulong, lalong-lalo na sa mga mahihirap at mga pinaka-apektado ng krisis. Bisyo ko po ang magserbisyo sa inyo. Tuloy dapat ang serbisyo lalo na sa panahong hirap na hirap na ang mga kapwa nating Pilipino. Gagawin po natin ang lahat sa abot ng ating makakaya para magbigay ng tulong at mag-iwan ng ngiti sa oras ng inyong pagdadalamhati,” Go said.
Go’s office has been extending assistance to public market vendors. He has so far provided aid to public market vendors in Kamuning, Quezon City; Caloocan City; Cainta and Tanay, Rizal; Ubay, Bohol; and Digos City, Davao del Sur; among others. (OSBG)
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