SENATOR Grace Poe aided some 120 homeless families in Zamboanga City whose houses located in Cabato Road, Brgy. Tetuan were gutted down in a fire last January 6.
Poe extended her assistance to the fire victims through Panday Bayanihan, a nongovernment organization led by her son and chief of staff Brian Poe Llamanzares.
The victims received from the Panday Bayanihan bags containing kilos of rice, cans of corned beef and beef loaf, packs of instant noodles, and sachets of coffee drink.
“Sana po makatulong kahit paano ang aming munting naiabot. Ang mga tulong po na ito ay bukal sa aming puso dahil ang malasakit sa kapwa kung wagas sa puso ay walang hinihintay na kapalit,” Poe said in a statement.
Panday Bayanihan was organized in 2013 after typhoon “Maring” hit the country, affecting 2.5 million people and displaced around 800,000 residents.
The NGO’s objective and mission is to extend assistance to the needy, especially those affected by natural and man-made disasters.
Panday Bayanihan was named after the iconic fictional local hero of the underdog masses portrayed and popularized by the senator’s late father, Fernando Poe Jr., in the “Ang Panday” movie series.
“Whatever disaster or calamity that may hit anywhere in the country, the bayanihan spirit will always be there. Nand’yan palagi ang ating mga kababayan na handang tumulong. That’s what Panday Bayanihan stands for. Kaya Panday Bayanihan dahil bayanihan ang pinapalaganap natin dito,” Poe said.