Sat. May 8th, 2021

The Office of Senator Christopher “Bong” Go on Thursday (December) 3, distributed assistance to public market vendors in Langaray, Caloocan City and urged them to keep their communities drug free.

In a video call to market vendors, Go urged residents to join the fight against illegal drugs, adding that their money is better spent for their families, especially amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.

“Sabi ko sa inyo ibili n’yo na lang po ‘yung pera na matatanggap ninyo, ‘yung perang kikitain ninyo, ibili n’yo na lang ng baon sa inyong mga anak, hapunan nila, ‘wag sa droga (My advise to all of you is the money you earn or receive, spend it on the allowance and meals of your children. Don’t buy illegal drugs),” he said.

“Kami po ni Pangulong Duterte, ipagpapatuloy po namin ang kampanya laban sa korapsyon, kriminalidad at illegal na droga. Hindi po kami titigil para maproteksyunan ang kinabukasan ng ating mga anak (Me and President Rodrigo Duterte, we will continue our campaign against corruption, criminality and illegal drugs. We will not stop to protect the future of our children),” Go added.

The Senator also assured that the government is ready to provide support for rehabilitation and subsequent reintegration of drug users to their communities to become productive citizens once again.

The beneficiaries, consisting of 270 public market vendors from Langaray Public Market in Caloocan City, were given meals, food packs, masks, face shields and vitamins. The first batch of public market vendors in Langaray were initially provided similar assistance by Go’s office last October 22.

Go also gave away bicycles to selected recipients while others received tablets for their children’s use for online classes under the blended learning set up.

The distribution of assistance was conducted while fully complying with Covid-19 health and safety protocols.

Go also said that once the vaccine for Covid-19 becomes available, he and President Duterte will make sure the poor and the vulnerable are prioritized, including frontliners, such as medical workers, uniformed personnel and also teachers.

“Kumapit lang tayo. Kapag may safe na vaccine na, uunahin namin ni Pangulong Duterte ang lahat ng mahihirap at vulnerable (Please be strong. Once there is a safe vaccine, we and President Duterte will prioritize the poor and vulnerable),” he said.

Meanwhile, personnel from the Department of Social Welfare and Development provided separate financial assistance to the beneficiaries, while the Department of Trade and Industry provided livelihood packages.

The Senator then informed the market vendors that they may conveniently avail of medical assistance from the nearest Malasakit Center located at Dr. Jose Rodriguez Memorial Hospital. Go personally attended the launch of the center, the country’s 90th, last November 6.

Despite the ongoing pandemic, Go continues to reach out and extend much needed assistance to Filipinos in crisis situations. SOVEREIGNPH

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