NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, May 18 (PIA) -- Some 16,827 families in Silay City who were victims of the January 2021 flooding received assistance through the initiative of the Office of Senator Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go.
The five-day distribution of assistance started May 17 at the Silay City Public Plaza with beneficiaries from clustered barangays in the city.
Each beneficiary received P3,000 each from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) program while the distribution was initiated and facilitated by the Office of Senator Bong Go.
Senator Bong Go's assistance include foodpacks, lunch, facemasks both three-ply and KN95, face shield, and vitamin C while two men shoes, two women shoes, two bicycles and two tablets daily are being put up for raffle to the beneficiaries.
Silay City mayor Mark Andrew Arthur Golez thanked President Rodrigo Duterte for the help, and Senator Bong Go for facilitating and for his personal assistance to the flood victims.
"We wish the President and Sen. Bong Go all the best and more success since their success is our success," Golez said before the crowd of beneficiaries as he also thanked the DSWD6 and the rest of the volunteers for facilitating in order for the distribution to be successful.
For his part, Senator Go thanked local officials including Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, Vice Governor Jefferey Ferrer, Silay City Mayor Golez, Vice Mayor Tom Ledesma and greeted Silaynons and wished they are in a better state in a video message during the distribution.
"Handa kami ni Presidente Duterte mag serbiyo sa inyo, 24/7 sa abot nang aming makakaya. Tutulong kami sa kapwa Pilipino. Patuloy lang kaming mag seserbisyo sa inyo. Para sa akin po, ang serbisyo sa tao ay serbisyo sa Diyos. (Together with President Duterte, we are ready to serve you 24/7 as long as we can. We will help fellow Filipinos and will continue to serve you. Personally, our service to the people is serving God as well)," Go said.
Meanwhile, 31-year old Liza Bansuelo, mother of three , two of whom are persons with disabilities, with one having epilepsy and the other is mute, expressed her elation that such assistance reached them in Silay.
"Presidente, tani matagaan mo man sabat ining akon gina pangayu sa imo bisan sa gamay lang nga bulig sa bulong lang kag check-up sang akon nga bata (with epilepsy). Salamat gid. (President, I hope you can answer my plea to you for a small help- to help me with the daily maintenance of my child with epilepsy and for the regular check-up)" Bansuelo made the appeal to the President as she draw an ounce of hope from the assistance she has received. *(LTP/EAD-PIA6 Negros Occidental)