Vendors from Maypajo Public Market and Larangay Public Market in Caloocan City got much-needed assistance from the office of Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go as they continue to fight the adverse effects of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
In his message to the vendors, the senator urged them to strictly adhere to the government-issued health and safety protocols in order to protect themselves and their customers from COVID-19 even as he reiterated the commitment of President Rodrigo Duterte to prioritizing the welfare of poor and vulnerable sectors when it comes to public service delivery.
Go also assured that once a vaccine against COVID-19 is made available, those who need these the most will be given access.
The 877 beneficiaries were provided each meal, food pack, masks, and face shields. Selected vendors also received bicycles for easy commuting to work amid the travel restrictions while others were given tablets for their children to use in the online classes being implemented under the new blended learning approach.
Representatives from the Department of Social Welfare and Development also provided financial assistance to the market vendors, while the Department of Trade and Industry gave its commitment to extend aid upon conducting an assessment of beneficiaries seeking alternative livelihood opportunities.
Go also personally offered to help those with medical concerns. In addition to this, he encouraged them to avail of medical and financial assistance from any of the 87 Malasakit Centers currently operating nationwide.
There are currently three hospitals near Caloocan City with Malasakit Centers, namely Navotas City Hospital, Ospital ng Malabon, and Valenzuela City Emergency Hospital.