THE Games and Amusements Board (GAB), in close coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Senator Bong Go delivered its promised assistance to 166 boxers, mixed martial arts and muay thai fighters, trainers and officials over the weekend in Davao City and General Santos City.
Through the DSWD’s Assistance to Individual in Crisis Situation (AICS) program, GAB handed out the much needed P5,000 financial assistance and relief goods to 59 individuals in Buhangin Gymnasium, Buhangin Davao City.
Senator Go, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Sports, distributed relief goods and new bicycles to GAB licensed individuals who lost their jobs as lockdown due to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic hit professional sports event.
“Nagpapasalamat po tayo sa pagtugon ng DSWD para maisama ang ating mga kapus-palad na professional athletes at individual na lisensiyado ng GAB sa mga nabigyan ng ayuda sa gitna ng krisis. Alam naman po natin na itong mga kasama natin ay nakabatay lamang ang kabuhayan sa bawat laban at sports events,” said Mitra.
“Walang pagsidlan ang saya ng ating mga kababayan sa natanggap na tulong sa ating pamahalaan at sa butihing Senator Bong Go. Tunay na malasakit ang ipinakikita nila sa ating mga atleta,” added by the former Palawan Governor and Congressman.
Over 100 GAB licensed personnel and boxers in General Santos City had also received assistance as listed beneficiary of the AICS program of the government through the initiative of GAB.
DSWD Assistant Secretary Jade C. Jamolod, regional Director Cezario Joel Espejo, and assistant regional director Bonifacio Selma, joined Mitra in the distributuion of cash and goods.
“The intervention provided was through the agency’s Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation, a program that serves as a social safety net or a stop-gap measure to support the recovery of individuals and families suffering from unexpected life events or crisis.
“Under AICS, the agency provides medical, educational, burial, transportation and food assistance to persons in crisis situations, specifically those belonging to the informal sector and other poor, marginalized, vulnerable, and disadvantaged individuals,” said Espejo.