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PAKIGDAIT, VSO Phils. provide transpo support to Iligan frontliners

ILIGAN CITY, July 28 (PIA) — As an expression of their gratitude for the frontliners continued services amidst the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, ten bicycles complete with accessories were distributed as transportation support to ten poor and marginalized non-medical frontliners by Pakigdait Inc. in partnership with VSO Philippines.

Abelardo A. Moya, director of Pakigdait, said the frontliners are equally heroes and heroines for they bravely continued to work and provide services even walking many kilometers in the times of lockdown where public transportation was not available.

“Pakigdait Inc. believes that lady security guards, carpenters, gardeners, Madaris teachers, Imams, and even balut vendors are considered as frontliners for they not only kept and maintained our living spaces and small scale economy going but also helped in maintaining the people’s morale in the face of a pandemic— an underrated, yet important task performed by these essential workers during the implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine,” he said.

Madaris teacher Ustadz Jamal Borcay, age 24, one of the recipients of the transportation support expressed his gratitude and sentiments to Pakigdait.

“In times of ECQ, I had to wake up early and walk to Al Nor Madarasah in Camague just to make it on time for my Madaris class,” he said.

Saadoddin Mauna, the resident Imam of a local masjid in Brgy. Tambacan had his fair share of transportation obstacles brought forth by the ECQ. He overcame this obstacle by walking from Ceanuri to the masjid just so he could fulfill his duties as an Imam. 

Upon hearing that he was chosen as one of the recipients of the transportation support, he was overwhelmed and is grateful for the support for it will enable him to fulfill his duties easily with fewer obstacles.

Balut vendor Jimmer Cenit started selling balut at the early age of 7.  At 18 years old,  he took the role of a breadwinner by continuing to sell balut as the only source for his family’s income. By the implementation of the ECQ, his business was forced to close and as their savings were running out, he wished for a bike so he could pedal around the city to sell his balut. 

He expressed his gratitude to Pakigdait Inc. for fulfilling his wish, further saying that with this bike, he will better provide for his family and partner.

Through this effort, Pakigdait Inc. aims to empower these lesser-known and recognized frontline workers to continue the performance of their duties with now fewer transportation difficulties. (Pakigdait / PIA ICIC)

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