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Bong Go sends aid to nearly 5,000 market vendors, displaced workers, motorcycle drivers and persons with disabilities in Bohol

March 05, 2021 - Friday 7:03 PM by MDM

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To help Filipinos cope with the adverse economic effects of the pandemic, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go distributed aid to 4,820 beneficiaries from different areas in Bohol through separate distribution activities done over a three-day period from March 1 to 3.

Go’s team provided the beneficiaries with meals, food packs, masks, face shields, and vitamins. These were composed of market vendors, displaced workers, motorcycle drivers, and persons with disabilities from Tagbilaran City and municipalities of Albuquerque, Laoy, Corella, and Balilihan. 

On the first day, Go’s team catered to 705 beneficiaries at the Corella Public Market and 545 beneficiaries at the Balilihan Gymnasium. The next day, the staff distributed assistance to 585 beneficiaries from Tagbilaran City at the Saulog Gym and 968 beneficiaries at the Trinidad Cultural Center.

Lastly, 1,019 beneficiaries in Alburquerque were assisted at the West Poblacion Gym and 998 beneficiaries at the Loay People’s Center. Strict compliance with the necessary health protocols was observed during all these activities.

Selected beneficiaries were provided bicycles that they could use to commute to work given the limited public transportation options in this time of crisis. Another set of residents also received pairs of shoes. Others were given tablets to help their children in their blended learning being implemented in schools.

Felisardo Carson, a 53-year-old PWD from Balilihan, expressed his gratitude towards the support provided by the Senator. He also asked for assistance for his amputated right foot. 

“Nagpapasalamat ako kay President Duterte at Senator Go sa kanilang tulong sa aming lahat dito sa Bohol. Ang hiling ko lang ay sana matulungan ako sa aking paa, na mabigyan ako ng paa kasi kailangan ko talaga ito,” Carson said in an interview.

The Senator offered to help beneficiaries with their medical concerns. He reminded them that they may also avail of the medical assistance from the nearest Malasakit Center located at Governor Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital in Tagbilaran City and Don Emilio del Valle Memorial Hospital in Ubay, Bohol.

Go also assured the beneficiaries that as the initial vaccines already arrived in the country, he and President Rodrigo Duterte will keep their word in prioritizing the poor and the vulnerable, including the frontliners. 

“Huwag kayong matakot sa bakuna. Matakot kayo sa COVID-19. Ang bakuna po ang papatay sa COVID-19, kaya magtiwala po tayo sa ating gobyerno,” he added.

Meanwhile, representatives from the Department of Social Welfare and Development provided separate financial assistance through its program which intends to help individuals in crisis. 

In addition, the Department of Trade and Industry conducted assessments of potential beneficiaries who would benefit from its livelihood programs. Another assessment was conducted for those who are qualified to undergo special training for employment of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.

He recognized the untiring support of the local government leaders to their constituents in their respective cities and municipalities. He also thanked Governor Arthur Yap, 1st District Representative Edgar Chatto, 2nd District Representative Aris Aumentado, League of Municipalities of the Philippines President of Bohol and Dauis Mayor Miriam Sumaylo, Corella Mayor Dee Hilario Tocmo, Balilihan Mayor Pureza Chatto, Mayor John Geesnell Yap, Trinidad Mayor Judith Cajes, Alburquerque Mayor Don Ritchie P. Buates, Loay Mayor Hilario Ayuban, and the rest of their local officials.

Back in October, Go also provided assistance to hundreds of Tagbilaran City residents who are also PWDs. He continued to provide aid in December to thousands of beneficiaries from the towns of Corella, Dauis, Panglao and Tubigon.