The Office of Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go distributed relief assistance to more than 400 market and ambulant vendors San Fernando City in La Union on Friday (December 4).
Go said he recognizes vendors as one of the most affected people in this time of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.
“Naiintindihan ko na hirap po kayo sa sitwasyon. Nawalan po kayo ng kita dahil hindi kayo masyadong nakakalabas (I understand that your situation is hard. That you were left with no income because you could not go out like before),” he said.
He personally led the distribution held at the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University’s gymnasium here where vendors received food packs, hot meals, face masks, face shields and immune boosters.
Also, 20 bicycles and electronic tablets were distributed to select vendors.
The senator reiterated his mandate to serve Filipinos, especially those who need the government’s attention the most.
“Sa abot po ng aking makakaya ay magseserbisyo ako sa inyo. Sa ngayon po ay kapit lang muna tayo, malalampasan din natin ito. Hindi po kayo pababayaan ng gobyernong ito (To the best that I can I will serve all of you. For now, let us remain steadfast for we will see this crisis pass. This government will not leave you alone),” he said.
Ronalyn Biagtan, one of the beneficiaries and vendor from Barangay Bangcosai, merrily thanked the senator.
“Maraming, maraming salamat po! Malaking tulong po itong ibinigay ni Senator Bong Go sa aming mga vendors. Sila po ni President ay hindi pinapabayaan ang Pilipino na gaya naming nangangailan ng tulong (I am very grateful. The assistance that Senator Bong Go gave is big help to us vendors. He and President Rodrigo Duterte never leave their countrymen alone, like us who need assistance),” she said.
During the same activity, various government agencies provided their fair share of assistance to this adversely affected sector of the community.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development disbursed financial aid to the vendors while the Department of Trade and Industry pledged to assess potential beneficiaries for their various livelihood programs. SOVEREIGNPH