PAMPANGA gubernatorial candidate Engineer Danilo "Boy” Baylon said that one of his platforms of governance if elected governor will be food security for Kapampangans, especially those affected by the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.
In an interview Wedneday, October 20, 2021 with SunStar Pampanga during the food donation distribution to residents of Barangay Dolores in Magalang town, the former Candaba mayor said after visiting different barangays in Pampanga, he noted that many people, especially the poor have been badly affected because of the virus.
“Sa pag bisita natin sa ibat ibang barangays sa probisya, isa lang ang napansin natin. Karamihan sa mga tao ang nagugutom at nahihirapan dahil sa pandemya. Karamihan sa kanila ang nawalan ng trabaho at hanap buhay, kaya kinakailangan nila ng tulong natin, para makaahon at kahit panandalian laman ang mapawi ang kanilang kagutuman at mabigyan sila ng pag-asa sa buhay,” Baylon said.
(When we visited different barangays in the province, we noticed only one thing. Most of the people are hungry and suffering because of the pandemic. Most of them have lost their jobs and livelihoods, so they need our help, to get up and even temporarily relieve their hunger and give them hope in life.)
Baylon said he believes that food security should be the priority of the government, saying that for almost two years the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) has affected the livelihood of everyone.
“Kung tayo ay mabigyan ng pagkakataon para manungkulan sa atin probinsya ay unang una ay haharapin natin ang pandemya at pagtutuunan natin ng panahon ang food security sa atin mga kapwa Kapampangan, lalung lalu na ang mga mahihirap at mga nawalan ng trabaho, dahil dito lamang sila umaasa sa mga pinanbibili nila ng pagkain sa araw araw na buhay,” Baylon said.
(If we are given the opportunity to take office in our province, we will first face the pandemic and we will focus on food security for our fellow Kapampangans, especially the poor and the unemployed because this is the only place they depend on.)
Before filling his certificate of candidacy, Baylon together with his wife Apo Aniway visited various barangays in several towns and cities in Pampanga. The couple donated chickens, rice and eggs to the less fortunate members of society, especially solo parents, senior citizens and persons with disabilities.
Baylon also urged the National Government to fast-track the release of vaccines to help the economy recover, saying that workers should be vaccinated to protect them from the virus.
“Sa pagkakaalam ko, nasa 30 percent pa lang ang nababakunahan sa atin, karamihan sa mga nagtratrabaho ay ayaw tangapin ng mga employeers kung di vaccinated ang kanilang mga empleyado, kaya kailangan lahat ng mga kababayan natin Kapampangan ay mabakunahan ng sa gayon Malaya tayong makapag trabaho at maghanap ng atin ikabubuhay,” Baylon said.
(As far as I know, only 30 percent of us are vaccinated, most of the workers do not want to be accepted by the employers if their employees are not vaccinated, so all Kapampangans need to be vaccinated so that we are free to work and look for work.) (Chris Navarro)