The office of the Davao City 1st District Rep. Paolo “Pulong” Duterte distributed on Thursday an initial 300 wheelchairs to seven barangays here in the city.
The recipient barangays were Catalunan Grande, Catalunan Pequeño, 5-A, Matina Aplaya, Dumoy, Ma-a, and Magtuod, all situated in the First District.
Catalunan Grande barangay councilor Nicolasa Morata said there were senior citizens who earlier requested a wheelchair, as some are having difficulty walking because of their respective health conditions.
“Gisabutan pa namo sa barangay karon ang proseso sa pag distribute aning wheelchairs. Naay lima among ibilin sa barangay para magamit sa vaccination sites,” Morata said.
Morata also said they have to assess the senior citizens who are really in need of wheelchairs. There are 3,857 senior citizens in Catalunan Grande, she added.
NHA Madelwadan Ma-a Senior Citizen Chapter head Jaime Calledo Sr. echoed the same concern. “The seniors will be happy with Rep. Pulong’s kind assistance,” he said.
Masca Matina Aplaya Senior Citizen Association head Theresita R. Baniog also thanked the First Congressional District Office for the immediate assistance. She said these wheelchairs will surely be utilized by the intended beneficiaries.
The office of Rep. Duterte has been giving cash and in-kind assistance to its constituents. Aside from wheelchairs, the senior citizens of the first congressional district continue to receive free maintenance medication monthly from the young Duterte's office.