TACLOBAN CITY – Senators Christopher Lawrence Bong Go and Robin Padilla led the distribution of a 3,000-peso financial aid from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Thursday, August 11, in Maasin City.

Accordingly, at least 300 PUV drivers initially received said assistance under the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) program at the Combado Gymnasium in the said city. They also received vitamins, basketballs, volleyballs, 10 bicycles, cellphones, watches, and other gadgets from Senator Go. 

“We are here to help you. We want to leave smiles and happiness to you… Do not thank us. Instead, we should thank you for giving us the privilege to serve you,” Go told the drivers.

Go expressed happiness that the province is slowly recovering from the destruction brought by Typhoon Odette in December 2021.

He also urged the drivers to get vaccinated against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and have their booster shots for their protection as well as to their passengers.

Padilla, who spent his Christmas and New Year in Southern Leyte during the aftermath of Odette, also expressed gratitude that he was able to go back to the province and thank the people for making him Number 1 in the recent senatorial race. Meanwhile, Jhade Bestudio, the City Social Welfare and Development Officer said 950 more PUV drivers are set to receive the same aid from the DSWD in the coming weeks. By Marie Tonette Marticio (EV Mail August 8-14, 2022 issue)