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Ako Bicol Rep. Co provides assistance to stranded Bicolanos in Metro Manila due to COVID-19 lockdown

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Ako Bicol party-list Rep. Elizaldy S. Co has personally provided assistance to 43 Bicolano workers who were stranded in Metro Manila due to the Luzon-wide lockdown caused by coronavirus disease.

Rep. Co distributed boxes of COVID 19 test kits, canned goods, instant noodles and five sacks of rice to the stranded workers temporarily sheltered at the Redemptorist Church in Baclaran.

Aside from the said relief goods, each worker also received financial assistance from the partylist.

“The rapid test kits we provided will be used for monitoring purposes should any of the workers display symptoms of COVID-19 infection. It will also be used as a diagnostic tool in support of their request for health clearance before they are conditionally allowed to go home to Bicol,” Co was quoted as saying.

Rep. Co also exxpressed his gratitude to the Redemptorist Church for opening its doors and providing temporary shelter to Filipinos who have nowhere to go.

In return, Rep. Co provided financial assistance to the church to support its social welfare programs.

Speaking with the stranded Bicolanos, Rep. Co said that Ako Bicol will find a way to provide them proper lodging during the enhanced community quarantine and vowed to facilitate their transfer in compliance with protocols laid down by the Department of Health and the Inter-Agency Task Force.

He noted that Ako Bicol is “fully committed” to serve Bicolanos in need wherever they may be, while also maintaining support to the national and local government efforts to help the most vulnerable sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In times of crises, especially when our enemies are literally unknown and unseen, we’re duty-bound to provide our people with immediate and proactive response, while ensuring that no one is left behind, especially the most vulnerable, the poor, the marginalized,” Co noted.