Senator Alan Peter “Compañero” Cayetano’s office together with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) visited the Bicol region last week to provide assistance to hundreds of individuals in crisis.
Cayetano’s office distributed the assistance to a total of 265 Bicolanos under the DSWD’s Assistance to Individuals in Crisis (AICS) on June 12, 14, and 16, 2023.
The team first visited Sorsogon City where a total of 88 individuals benefited from the program.
Meanwhile, the June 14 program accommodated 75 Bicolanos in Legazpi, Albay, in coordination with the local government led by Mayor Geraldine Rosal and Councilor Joseph Philip Lee.
Finally, Cayetano’s team handed out aid to 102 individuals in crisis in Camarines Sur.
One of the beneficiaries was Romeo Valenzuela of Donsol the City of the Living God Nations Assembly Inc.
He thanked the senator for “making a way” to extend government help to Filipinos like them who were “neglected” especially during the height of the pandemic.
“‘Yung mga [kasamahan namin] na left behind during the time ng pandemic na hindi natulungan ng gobyerno ay nagkaroon ngayon ng oportunidad,” he said.
“Malaking tulong ho ito sa lahat ng mga recipient,” he added.
The senator’s office has been working with different government agencies such as the DSWD and the Department of Labor and Employment, local government units, and organizations to provide various forms of help to the different sectors across the country, particularly those who are still grappling from the negative effects of the pandemic.