Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya, Negros Grace Pharmacy president Ian Manuel Lo, and lawyer Mark Steven Mayo led the distribution of financial aid to Bacolodnons at the Brgy. Montevista covered court in Bacolod City on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 9 and 10.
Gasataya’s office facilitated the release of the assistance for 1,000 Bacolodnons for medical and or burial assistance through the Department of Social Welfare and Development, a press release said.
Each beneficiary received P5,000 for a total of P4.5 million from the government.
Lo also gave P3,000 each to the 111 families living at Purok Herbabuena, Circumferential Road in Brgy. Villamonte, Bacolod City, whose houses were demolished by a private owner through a court order.
The funds were sourced from the personal funds of Lo and Gasataya.
Lo said he helps families being assisted by Gasataya because “We both know that many people are undergoing a difficult situation. The pandemic is one aspect that makes the people’s economic and health conditions awful, plus the fact that these 111 individuals representing their families have lost their houses to demolition. I cannot imagine the hardship that these individuals and families are going through. I hope what we gave can help ease their burdens”.
Gasataya thanked Lo for his help.
“I also come from a low-income family, and I know how it feels to have nothing. Since Mr. Ian Lo and I have the means to help them, we decided to give financial assistance to this sector. I also thanked Mr. Ian Lo and his company for always being ready and kind to give back to the community,” he said.
Mayo has been collaborating with Gasataya and Lo in assisting the beneficiaries.*