AS private companies suffer from the economic effects brought by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in the country, the Office of Senator Christopher “Bong” Go distributed aid to displaced workers of Dole Philippines Inc. in Polomolok, South Cotabato.
Go and his team provided meals, food packs, masks, face shields and vitamins to 469 beneficiaries during the distribution activity held at Barangay Cannery Site gymnasium.
Go’s team made sure that necessary health and safety protocols were strictly observed to avoid further spread of the coronavirus disease.
The senator also provided pairs of shoes to selected recipients. He also provided bicycles to some of the beneficiaries for their commute to work as public transportation remains limited amid the ongoing pandemic. Aside from bicycles, others were given tablets to help their children in their blended learning being implemented in schools.
As chair of the Senate committee on health, Go also reminded the beneficiaries to follow government protocols, such as washing of hands, social distancing, wearing of masks and face shields when in public and staying at home as much as possible.
The senator also shared that once a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19 is available and approved by the Food and Drug Administration, they would prioritize the poor and the vulnerable sectors, as well as frontliners, including teachers, medical workers and uniformed personnel.
Go also offered to provide help to those who need medical attention. He also urged beneficiaries to go to the nearest Malasakit Centers located at Dr. Jorge P. Royeca Hospital in neighboring General Santos City and in the South Cotabato Provincial Hospital in Koronadal City to conveniently avail of medical assistance from the government.
“Marami po ang tinamaan sa panahon na ito. Marami po ang nawalan ng trabaho kaya magtulong-tulong tayo dahil marami ang umaasa sa atin sa panahon na ito. Huwag natin pabayaan ang kapwa nating Pilipino,” he added.
“Salamat rin kay Pangulong Duterte dahil sa kanyang pagmamalasakit sa ating kapwa Pilipino, sa mga kapwa ko. Sana po ay makatulong ang mga programang ito na maitawid kayo sa panahon ngayon. Alam ko naapektuhan tayong lahat sa krisis ngayon ng COVID-19,” Go said.
Go personally visited and distributed assistance to market vendors and tricycle drivers in Pantukan, Davao de Oro.
The senator and his team distributed meals, food packs, vitamins, masks and face shields to 75 market vendors and 300 tricycle drivers whose livelihood are adversely affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The distribution was held at the Provincial Gym in Kingking, Pantukan.
“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,” he added.
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.
“Patuloy kaming tutulong sa mga Pilipino, lalong lalo na ang mga pinakaapektado sa pandemyang ito. Huwag po kayo mawalan ng pag-asa dahil hindi namin kayo pababayaan,” Go said.
Senator Go then paid a personal visit to the market vendors in Carmen, Davao del Norte to deliver relief packages to those who continue to bear the brunt of the pandemic on their livelihoods.
“Nabalitaan ko hirap na ang negosyo ng mga market vendors natin. Mahina talaga ang negosyo, lalo na noong nag-lockdown kaya nandito po ang [Department of Social Welfare and Development] para tumulong sa inyo. Bukod sa galing sa gobyerno, mayroon rin akong dala na personal kong tulong para sa inyo,” said Go.
Continuing with the spirit of giving back, Go provided aid to 615 members of the Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association (TODA) who are still recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic in Quezon City.
“Mga kababayan ko diyan, alam ko pong mahirap ang buhay niyo ngayon. Huwag kayong mag-alala, ang importante po’y malagpasan natin ang pandemyang ito at buhay po tayo. Ang importante, buhay tayo. Alam niyo ang pera ay pwede kitain, pero ang perang kikitain ay hindi po kailanman mabibili ang buhay,” Go encouraged in a video call.
His outreach team met with the TODA members at the MRB Covered Court in Brgy. Commonwealth, Quezon City. They distributed meals, food packs, vitamins, masks and face shields in strict compliance with health and safety protocols.
Selected beneficiaries also received bicycles so they could travel with ease while public transportation remains limited. Others received tablets so their children could participate in their schools’ educational activities under the blended learning approach.
Similar activities for 1,100 other Quezon City TODA members were also earlier carried out on October 5 and December 8.
The Senator recognized various individuals for their continuing efforts to ensure the welfare of the city’s tricycle drivers and operators. Among those present during the activity were Commonwealth TODA President Rufino Hementera, Special Assistant to the TODA President Bash Hernandez, and Second Lieutenant Ronnie De Guzman Liang of the Philippine Army Reserve.