Bong Go visits Parañaque City to provide aid to market vendors
February 23, 2021 - Tuesday 4:02 PM by MDM
On Monday, February 22, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go visited Paranaque City to fulfill his commitment of helping sectors in dire need of government support amid the ongoing health crisis. Go first visited Barangay La Huerta to deliver various assistance to informal market vendors whose lives and livelihoods are at risk due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Alam niyo, mas malala at malupit pa ang pandemyang ito sa bagyo dahil isang taon na tayong nagdudurusa. Kailangan natin magtulungan. Malalampasan lang natin ang mga krisis na ating hinaharap kung magkakaisa tayo,” said Go.
“Ako naman, gaya ng aking pinangako, pupuntahan ko kayo saan mang sulok kayo ng Pilipinas basta kaya ng aking katawan. Bukas tutungo kami ni Pangulo [Rodrigo] Duterte sa Surigao del Sur dahil mayroong mga nabahaan doon para magbigay ng kaunting tulong at makapag-iwan ng ngiti sa panahon ng kanilang pagdadalamhati,” he continued.
During an activity held at the St. Andrew’s School, Go’s team provided meals, food packs, vitamins, masks and face shields to a total of 427 vendors, composed mainly of fish and meat sellers.
Selected beneficiaries also received new shoes, while others struggling with their daily commute were given bicycles. Chosen recipients were likewise provided with computer tablets so their children can better participate in their educational activities under the blended learning set-up.
“Mga kabataan, kayo ang pag-asa ng ating bayan kaya mag-aral kayo nang mabuti. Para rin naman ito sa inyong kinabukasan. Ito rin ang magpapasaya sa inyong mga magulang na naghihirap sa trabaho,” said the Senator.
As part of the government’s intervention measures for individuals and communities in distress, representatives from the Department of Social Welfare and Development separately provided each beneficiary, including 35 construction workers upon Go's request, with financial assistance. The Department of Health distributed medicine packs and donated wheelchairs to the local barangay.
To boost their livelihoods, the Department of Agriculture offered zero-interest loans to the vendors. Furthermore, the Department of Trade and Industry committed to provide additional livelihood assistance upon completing their assessment of potential beneficiaries.
”Labis na labis po kaming nagpagpapasalamat sa ating mahal na Presidente Duterte kasi hindi siya nagpabaya. Nagpapasalamat din kami ng sobra kay Senator Bong Go at sa mga ahensya ng gobyerno, lalo na ang DSWD, dahil binigyan nila kami ng importansya,” said Anita Tulipas, a local resident.
“Gagamitin ko ang natanggap kong tulong pangdagdag sa benta sa palengke. Isa lang talaga ang pina-pangarap namin ngayon, ang makaahon kami sa utang kasi dumaan kami sa sobrang kagipitan ng dahil sa pandemic,” she added.
Given their challenging circumstances, Go provided canes to those in need of walking aids and pledged to assist any beneficiary who require further medical assistance. He urged other indigent residents with medical concerns to similarly seek help from the government through the Malasakit Center at the Ospital ng Parañaque.
The Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop which houses the desk representatives of the DOH, DSWD, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.
“Hindi niyo na po kailangang pumila sa iba’t ibang opisina para humingi ng tulong pampagamot. Isang kwarto nalang sa loob ng ospital ang lalapitan ninyo. Para sa amin ni Pangulong Duterte, hindi dapat mahirap ang pagkuha ng tulong mula sa gobyerno, lalong-lalo na sa pangangailangang pangkalusugan,”explained Go.
The Senator went on to express his gratitude to the public officials for ensuring the needs of their constituents are provided for. Among those present during the activity were 1st District Representative Eric Olivarez, 2nd District Rep. Joy Tambunting, Quezon City 5th District Rep. Alfredo Vargas III, Mayor Edwin Olivarez, Vice Mayor Jose Enrico Golez, City Administrator’s Office Atty. Ding Soriano, and former 2nd District Rep. Gustavo Tambunting.
He also thanked Councilors Tess de Asis, Teteng Diokno, Marvin Santos and Binky Favis; Quezon City 2nd District Councilor Patrick Michael Vargas; and La Huerta Punong Barangay Peter Velasco.
“Tulad ninyo, nahihirapan na kami ni Pangulo Duterte pero kayo ang nagbibigay sa amin ng lakas ng loob na magserbisyo sa inyo kaya hindi kami nawawalan ng pag-asa. Malalampasan rin natin ang pandemyang ito. Bumibili na ang ating gobyerno ng bakuna at uunahin namin ang mga frontliners at mga mahihirap,” vowed Go.
“Handa kami ni Presidente, ni mayor at congressman na magpabakuna sa harap ng publiko para makuha ang inyong tiwala at para maipakita sa inyo na ang bakuna po ang tanging solusyon dito para makabalik na tayo sa dati nating pamumuhay,” he continued.
Later that day, the Senator distributed the same assistance to 619 street and market vendors at the Baclaran Elementary School in Barangay Baclaran.
All activities were conducted in strict compliance with the government-issued health and safety protocols.
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