According to Senator Go, he recognizes these vendors as one of the most affected sectors of the community in this time of pandemic.
Go said, “Alam ko po na mahirap ang buhay ngayon. Naiintindihan ko na hirap po kayo sa sitwasyon. Nawalan po kayo ng kita dahil hindi kayo masyadong nakakalabas.”
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 randomly to selected vendors.
Said bikes are to help them amid limited public transportation and the tablets for the vendors’ children to utilize in their online classes.
The senator reiterates his mandate to serve the 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,” he said.
Ms. Ronalyn Biagtan, one of the beneficiaries and a talipapa vendor from Barangay Bangcosai, merrily thanked the senator.
She said, “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.”
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. (JCR/AMB/CGRC/PIA La Union)By Caren Grace R. Cabanayan