SENATOR Christopher “Bong” Go sent assistance to hundreds of women beneficiaries in Cebu City as part of the Senator’s commitment to support more vulnerable sectors that were hit hard by the global pandemic.
“Walang humpay ang ating paglilingkod. Pinag-aaralan natin ang lahat ng posibleng paraan na maaaring makapagpabilis sa daloy ng serbisyo at makatulong sa ating mga kababayan,” he said.
“Para naman sa amin ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte, basta kapakanan ng mga mahihirap, lalo na ‘yung mga walang matakbuhan, ipaglalaban namin ‘yan hanggang sa huli,” he added.
The beneficiaries, composed of 418 women members of “Giya Ayuda sa Babaeng Sugbuanon” Federation (GABAY) under the Cebu City Women and Family Affairs Commission, received meals, food packs, masks, face shields and vitamins from the team of Go.
Following the similar relief operation for 300 women last March 24, the distribution activity was held at Plaza Sugbo, Cebu City Hall, and was conducted in batches to comply with necessary health protocols in order to help curb the spread of COVID-19.
In his video message, Go urged beneficiaries to continue to follow health preventive measures, such as frequent washing of hands, wearing of masks and face shields, observing social distancing and avoiding unnecessary travels by staying at home.
He, then, encouraged the beneficiaries to avail vaccines against COVID-19 to hasten the country’s return to normalcy. He also called the attention of the local government to deploy the doses immediately to ensure that no one is left behind towards recovery.
“Sa aking mga kababayan na kababaihan under GABAY Sugbuanon, ingat kayo palagi ha, andito lang kami ni Presidente Duterte na handang magserbisyo sa inyong lahat mayroon lang kaming kaunting tulong na pinadala sa inyo,” expressed Go.
Some beneficiaries were also given new pairs of shoes, and bicycles while others received computer tablets that their children may use to easily access educational materials for their classes under the blended learning set-up.
Separate financial assistance were given to the beneficiaries by the Department of Social Welfare and Development through their Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation program.
Additionally, the Department of Trade and Industry and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority assessed potential individuals for their respective livelihood and scholarship programs.
“Sa mga kaigsoonan nako na Bisaya, kami ni Presidente Duterte mga Bisaya pud. Naa lang mi dire na andam moserbisyo sa inyong tanan hangtud sa among makaya. Pinalangga kaayo namu kamong mga Bisaya,” said Go.
“Hindi po namin kayang mag-isa po ito. Kailangan nating bayanihan, kailangan po nating magmalasakit po sa ating kapwa Pilipino,” he added.