Senator Christopher “Bong” Go provided aid to public market vendors in Iloilo City who continue to make significant contributions to the local economy by providing communities with fresh, healthy food and other commodities despite the challenges presented from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
“Magpalakas kayo ng katawan at resistensya. Sumunod rin kayo sa gobyerno. Gamitin niyo ang mga masks at face shields, mag-social distancing at maghugas ng kamay palagi dahil delikado pa ang panahon ngayon (Keep your bodies strong and be healthy. Follow what the government says. Use your face shields and mask, exercise social distancing and wash your hands because we are living in dangerous times),” Go said during a video call.
A total of 2,597 vendors from the Arevalo Public Market, Iloilo Central Market, Jaro Small Market, Jaro Big Market, La Paz Public Market and Mandurriao Public Market were the identified beneficiaries in the distribution activity held at the Iloilo City Freedom Grandstand last December 7 and 8.
His team provided each beneficiary with a meal, food pack, vitamins, medical-grade and reusable masks, and face shields. Selected beneficiaries also received bicycles for their daily work commute. Others were given tablets so their children can participate in the online classes.
The Senator, also chair of the Senate Committee on Health, acknowledged the difficulties of working through the pandemic and promised that poor and vulnerable workers, such as market vendors, would be among the first to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.
“Wag kayong mag-alala dahil kapag may safe at epektibo na vaccine na, uunahin namin ni Pangulong [Rodrigo] Duterte ang lahat ng mga nangangailangan, gaya ng mga market vendors (Do not worry because if there is a safe and effective vaccine, I and President Duterte will priortize sectors like market vendors),” he said.
Furthermore, Go pledged to assist any indigent beneficiary requiring urgent medical treatment or services.
He informed them that they can also conveniently avail of medical assistance through the Malasakit Center at the Western Visayas Medical Center.
Representatives from the Department of Social Welfare and Development were also at the activity to provide each beneficiary with financial assistance to help them pay for food, shelter and utilities, among others. The Department of Agriculture and Department of Trade and Industry committed to provide additional aid based on their existing programs upon completing their assessment of the beneficiaries.
The Senator also recognized and thanked Mayor Jerry P. Treñas and other local officials for leading the efforts to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 in the city and for their untiring service to their communities. SOVEREIGNPH