San Jose Del Monte City – San Jose Del Monte Rep. Florida “Rida” Robes kicked off a series of public service events benefitting lady tricycle drivers and other persons here in time for her birthday over the weekend.
The events were Robes’ way of expressing gratitude for the trust and support given to her by the people of this Bulacan city.
Mindful of social distancing protocols amid the COVID-19 public health crisis, majority of the events in the three-day thanksgiving project, from June 25 to June 27, were held at the SJDM Sports Complex in Barangay Minuyan Proper.
The first day started with distribution of medicines, followed by a meeting with persons with disabilities (PWDs), and a prayer session. By noontime, Robes led the distribution of gift packs, containing assorted groceries placed inside a reusable plastic pail, calling the activity “Timba Pa More Para sa Taga-Lungsod.” Participants wore facemasks and practiced physical distancing.
On the second day (June 26), Robes distributed financial aid to disadvantaged persons under the “Dagdag Ayuda” program, followed by a dialogue with the lady tricycle drivers, who were the major beneficiaries of her birthday gifts.
On Saturday, Robes brought her “Kusina ni Ate Rida” team to feed people in 59 barangays.
When asked why she chose to hold such activities instead of just simply celebrating her birthday, she said: “More than being consistent with my role as a public servant, I want to spread happiness among San Joseños, whose lives have been drastically changed by the pandemic.”
“It’s just a small gesture, but hopefully it assures them that I am working hard to make sure each person will be taken care of. Like I always say, ‘Nobody will be left behind in SJDM.’ This has made my birthday celebration more meaningful,” she added.