Despite the rains and the community quarantine, ABS-CBN Foundation’s “Pantawid ng Pag-ibig: Pilipino Para sa Pilipino” continues to be there for Filipinos in need through the support of its donors and partners.
This September alone, over 2,000 Filipino families have already received relief goods composed of food packs, food products, and laundry kits. Among them were 836 families affected by Typhoon Jolina in Ternate and Kawit in Cavite, 450 families in Brgy. Barandal and Brgy. Dila in Laguna, 500 families and 300 senior citizens in Brgy. San Roque and Minuyan II in Bulacan, 200 families in Brgy. San Isidro, Rodriguez Rizal, and 350 families in Sta. Ana, Manila.
A thousand individuals were also served with hot meals and bread products to avert hunger during this time of pandemic in Hagonoy, Taguig City and Brgy. Aguho, Pateros.
“Pantawig ng Pag-ibig” also came to help tricycle drivers in Brgy. Fortune in Marikina City who have been earning even less nowadays due to the limit in the passengers they can accommodate at a time.
“Dati pwede po apat na pasahero pwede naming isakay pero ngayon isa na lang. Lalong lalo na ‘yung mga nagba-boundary, halos wala na po silang kinikita. Ibabawas pati ‘yung mga ano gasolina, pagkain ng mga drayber. Ganun po talaga tiyaga-tiyaga na lang,” shared tricycle driver Jun Capinig in a news report on “TV Patrol.”
“’Yung dating kinikita namin na P600, ngayon P200 na lang eh. Ang laki talaga ng epekto. Pahirapan pa sa P200,” added the 60-year old tricycle driver Zaldy Obongen, who still has four children to support.
It was Beth Capinig, the core leader of the Samahan ng Nagkakaisang Pamilya ng Pantawid in their area, who told ABS-CBN Foundation about their plight.
“Humaharap sila sa kondiyson na talaga namang isinusuong nila ‘yung buhay nila. Siguro kailangan din silang i-bless. Napakahirap nilang kumita. Halos ‘di nga makasapat para sa pagkain pang araw-araw,” she said.
ABS-CBN Foundation continues to accept help from donors and partner organizations to serve more Filipinos whose livelihoods are affected by the pandemic. For more details on how to donate, visit www.abs-cbnfoundation.com or the official Facebook page of ABS-CBN Foundation (@abscbnfoundationinc).