SEN. Christopher “Bong” Go personally visited and distributed assistance to market vendors and tricycle drivers in Pantukan, Davao de Oro on Dec. 22, 2020.
While complying with strict health and safety protocols, imposed by authorities, Go and his team distributed meals, food packs, vitamins, face masks and face shields to 75 market vendors and 300 tricycle drivers, whose livelihood were adversely affected by the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.
The distribution was held at the Provincial Gym in Kingking, Pantukan.
“Kami po ay handang magserbisyo sa inyo sa abot ng aming makakaya. Magseserbisyo at tutulong ako. Huwag kayong mahiyang lumapit sa akin (We are ready to serve you to the best of our ability. I will serve and help. Feel free to approach me ),” the senator said.
“Ngayong Pasko, patuloy lang po tayong mag-ingat dahil ang maayos na kalusugan at ligtas na komunidad ang pinaka-importanteng maibabahagi natin sa ating mga mahal sa buhay (We should continue to be careful this Christmas because good health and a safe community are the best things we could share with our loved ones),” he added.
Go’s team also gave away to select recipients bicycles that would help them in their daily commute to work amid limited public transport options, resulting from community quarantine measures being imposed.
The team also provided computer tablets to other beneficiaries to help their children participate in the blended learning setup, being implemented in schools.
Go told the beneficiaries that once the Covid-19 vaccine is considered safe, effective and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the government will prioritize and ensure access for the poor and the vulnerable sectors as well as frontliners.
“Huwag po kayong mag-alala, mga kababayan ko, kapag mayroon na pong safe na vaccine, kapag na-declare ng FDA na safe na po para gamitin sa bawat Pilipino, ay uunahin namin ni Pangulong Duterte ang lahat ng mahihirap para makabalik na tayo sa normal nating buhay. Hindi po namin kayo pababayaan. Ginagawa po ng gobyerno ang lahat ng abot ng aming makakaya (Do not worry, my countrymen. Once a safe vaccine is available, duly declared by the Food and Drug Administration as safe for every Filipino, I and President Duterte will prioritize all the poor in order that we could go back to our normal lives),” he said.
During the activity, Go recognized the efforts of local government officials in responding to the needs of their constituents and for their untiring service amid various crises faced by the country.
Among those present and whom the senator acknowledged were Gov. Jayvee Tyron Uy, Rep. Ruwel Peter Gonzaga, Board Member Vivencia Secuya, Pantukan Mayor Roberto Yugo and Vice Mayor Madel Malone Cervantes.
Go also took the opportunity to highlight the important role of barangay (village) officials and urged them to fulfill their mandates, especially since their term has been extended through a law, which he principally authored, postponing the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections to 2022.
Representatives of the Department of Social Welfare and Development were also present during the distribution of aid to provide separate additional financial assistance to the beneficiaries.
The Department of Trade and Industry conducted an assessment of potential beneficiaries for its livelihood projects while the Department of Labor and Employment evaluated beneficiaries for its program, which provides livelihood for disadvantaged or displaced workers.
Additionally, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority assessed beneficiaries for its training programs while the Department of Agriculture distributed vegetable seeds.
Later in the day, Go also personally extended similar aid to almost half a thousand market vendors in Carmen town in neighboring Davao del Norte province.
JAVIER JOE ISMAEL