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Bong Go extends assistance to hundreds of public market vendors in Opol, Misamis Oriental

January 13, 2021 - Wednesday 12:01 PM by MDM

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Around 200 public market vendors in Opol in Misamis Oriental received assistance from the Office of Senator Christopher “Bong” Go during a distribution activity held on Wednesday, January 6.

The market vendors received meals, food packs, masks, face shields, and vitamins distributed by the Senator’s staff. The team ensured that the relief activity was conducted in compliance with the necessary health and safety protocols to avoid the further spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.

“Sana ay mabuti ang inyong kalagayan. Alam ko na mahirap ang buhay ngayon at mahirap ding maghanapbuhay dahil mayroong sakit na nakakahawa at nakakamatay. Pero magtiis lang po tayo ngayon dahil kapag magtutulungan tayong lahat, mabilis nating malalampasan ang pagsubok na ito,” Go said in a video call.

Due to limited public transportation and the need to commute to work, Go’s team distributed bicycles to selected recipients. Tablets were also given to another set of chosen beneficiaries for their children’s classes under the blended learning set-up.

“Sa mga pumupunta sa trabaho pero nahihirapang sumakay, may dala po akong bisikleta. Mayroon ding tablets na ibibigay para sa inyong mga anak. Sa mga anak, mga estudyante, mag-aral kayong mabuti. Nagpapakamatay na magtrabaho ang inyong mga magulang para lamang makatapos kayo sa pag-aaral. Huwag niyong sayangin ang kanilang pagod,” he reminded.

As the Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Go told the beneficiaries that once the vaccine for COVID-19 is available and deemed by the Food and Drug Administration as safe and effective, he and President Rodrigo Duterte will prioritize the poor and the vulnerable, as well as the frontliners. 

Go also informed the beneficiaries that they may avail of assistance for their health care needs from the nearest Malasakit Centers located at Northern Mindanao Medical Center and in JR Borja General Hospital, both in Cagayan de Oro City.

According to the Senator, the Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop where all four government agencies, namely the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Health, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, and PhilHealth, are housed under one roof, with special lanes for senior citizens and persons with disabilities. The Malasakit Center streamlines the processes for Filipinos requesting government assistance for their medical needs.

Meanwhile, personnel from the DSWD provided food packs and financial assistance to the beneficiaries through their existing programs which assist individuals in crisis situations.

The Department of Trade and Industry and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority also conducted their respective assessments to potential beneficiaries for their social welfare programs.

In addition, the Department of Agriculture also assessed those who will be aided with direct marketing of farm products through the KADIWA program.

Ending his message to the public market vendors, Go thanked them for their continuing support and cooperation.

“Nagpapasalamat ako sa inyong kooperasyon at suporta. Patuloy kaming magseserbisyo para maiangat muli ang inyong kabuhayan. Magbayanihan po tayo. Kami naman po, tuluy-tuloy lang ang aming pagtulong, lalo na sa mga mahihirap,” said Go.

“Para sa amin, ang serbisyo sa kapwa ay serbisyo sa Diyos,” he ended.

Go’s team continues to aid communities in crisis situations throughout the country. Another distribution activity will be held on Thursday, January 14 in Cagayan de Oro City for another identified sector.