Bong Go sends aids to Antique market vendors

ILOILO CITY, Nov. 15 (PIA) -- A total of 469 market vendors from San Jose de Buenavista, the capital town of Antique  province, availed of various forms of assistance from Senator Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go, November 13.

This, after the Senator has been recognizing the the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the livelihood of the public market vendors.

“As soon na nalaman ko na patuloy kayong nahihirapan sa sitwasyon ngayon dahil sa COVID-19, agad akong nagdesisyon na magpadala ng tulong sa mga market vendors, lalo na sa mga iba’t ibang public markets dito sa bansa,” Go said in his video message to the market vendors.

The Senator’s staff distributed food packs, meals, masks and vitamins to the beneficiaries.

“Nagpadala ako ng pagkain, masks, medicines at vitamins para mananatiling malusog ang inyong pangangatawan. Gamitin ninyo 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 said.

Go also provided bicycles to selected recipients as public transportation has been limited for those who commute to work, while others received tablets for their children’s use in the blended learning platform.

“Naiintindihan ko rin na hirap tayo ngayon sa transportasyon. Limitado dahil sa kasulukuyang health crisis na kinakaharap natin. Kaya ako nagpadala ng bisikleta para sa inyo. Mag-ingat lang din kayo sa kalsada,“ he said.

“Para sa mga bata, gamitin ninyo ang tablet para sa inyong pag-aaral. Nagpapakahirap ang mga magulang ninyo para makapag-aral kayo. Suklian ninyo 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 added.

Personnel from the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Agriculture (DSWD), and the Department of Trade and Industry  (DTI) were also present during the distribution activity to further give separate assistance to market vendors.

Market vendors of San Jose de Buenavista, Antique listen to Senator Bong Go as he delivers his video message.

The DSWD provided financial aid to the beneficiaries through their existing programs that aim to assist individuals in crisis situations. The DTI and the DA profiled and conducted assessments of qualified beneficiaries for their respective programs.

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

The Senator, as chair of the Senate Committee on Health, also urged the vendors to strictly comply with the government-issued health and safety protocols in order to protect themselves and their customers from COVID-19.

“Maghugas kayo ng kamay parati, mag-social distancing at magsuot ng mask at face shield. Kung hindi kailangan, ‘wag muna kayo lumabas ng bahay. Dapat patuloy po tayong mag-ingat dahil ang pera po ay pwedeng kitain kung magsikap tayo pero ang buhay ay hindi po nabibili ng pera,” he reminded.

Go also reiterated President Rodrigo Duterte’s commitment to prioritize the welfare of poor and vulnerable sectors when it comes to public service delivery. He assured that once a vaccine against COVID-19 is made available, those who need these the most will be given access.

“Huwag kayo mag-alala dahil kapag may ligtas nang vaccine uunahin namin ang mga mahihirap at vulnerable para kayong mga nasa market ay makabalik na kayo sa normal na pamumuhay,” he reassured.

“Magtulungan lang tayo at mag-cooperate sa gobyerno. Malalampasan din natin ang pandemyang ito kung patuloy tayong magbabayanihan at magmamalasakit sa kapwa natin,” he added.

Go also personally offered to help those with medical concerns. In addition to this, he encouraged them to avail of medical and financial assistance from the newly opened Malasakit Center at the Angel Salazar Memorial General Hospital.

“Pangako ko po sa inyo ang batas na ito. Hindi ninyo na pa kailangan magpalaboy-laboy para humingi ng tulong dahil sa loob na po ng ospital ang apat na ahensya. Lapitan ninyo lang po dahil ang target nito ay zero balance sa hospital bills,” he explained, referring to the Malasakit Centers Act of 2019 he authored and sponsored in the Senate which was signed into law in December 2019.

Shortly after the event, Go virtually attended the launching of the country’s 91st Malasakit Center located at the Angel Salazar Memorial General Hospital in the province. (With report and photos from OSBG/PIA6)



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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