A total of P6 million worth of livelihood assistance grants from the Department of Social Welfare and Development through the Office of Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go were distributed to 400 Bulakenyo small-scale retail owners from low-income households affected by COVID-19 held in the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium on Friday, September 9, 2022.
Katrina Anne Balingit, head of the Provincial Public Affairs Office (PPAO) said that the payout was held during weeklong celebration of “Singkaban Festival” where it is part of the event’s lined-up activities.
She said, the project is intended to assist families whose sources of income were greatly affected by the pandemic and is focused on the re-establishment and rebuilding of the informal and local businesses, and stimulates economic activity within the province.
Governor Daniel R. Fernando And Vice Gov. Alex Castro thanked Senator Go for his aid and continuous support to the Bulakenyos.
“Hindi po tayo pinababayaan ng ating mahal na Senador Bong Go. Kabibigay lamang po niya ng P10 million, sinundan na naman ng six million, at may susunod pa. Malaking tulong po ito sa ating lahat dahil marami ngayon ang walang hanapbuhay,” the governor said.
In a video message by Senator Go, he encouraged the beneficiaries to put the grant into good use and grow their businesses through it.
“Ang programa pong ito ay magtuturo sa inyong magnegosyo at bibigyan po kayo ng ayuda. Palaguin po ninyo ang inyong mga negosyo. Masarap po sa pakiramdam kapag pinagpawisan at pinaghirapan po ninyo ang inyong mga negosyo,” said Go.
Aside from the livelihood grants, Senator Go raffled 20 volleyballs, 20 basketballs, two cellphones, four pairs of rubber shoes, and one bicycle to the participants.
“Ang advocacy ko po, get into sports and stay away from drugs. Pagtulungan po natin na ilayo ang ating mga kabataan sa iligal na droga,” the senator appealed.