BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – The lone district solon here has posted an impassioned message for frontliners delivering relief packs of his office as he appealed to them to be more understanding of common folk who “lash out in anger.”
“I see your sacrifices and I, with all my heart, am eternally grateful for your service,” Cong. Greg Gasataya said in a post on his personal Facebook account.
He appealed to the volunteers for compassion in the face of what he called “frustrated people” to “block out the noise and keep an open mind and heart when people lash out in anger or throw you insults and criticisms,” he said
“Please be compassionate and understanding for under these extraordinary circumstances, there are frustrated people at the verge of giving up due to lack of food and income to provide for their children and ill family members,” he added.
Gasataya also noted that the volunteers work eight to 10 hours a day” that is how much time you give just to knock on the doors of our kasimanwa to deliver relief packs, and beyond those relief packs – a message of hope.”
He said” through your hardwork, you show Bacoleños that in the middle of this crisis, there are people like you willing to brave the heat of the sun or pour (sic) of the rain just to help a kasimanwa in need.”
The solon also lauded the sense of sacrifice of the volunteers.
“You could have easily refused moving around the city because ultimately that meant putting your families’ lives and yours at risk – but you did not. You chose to go above and beyond, to continue serving our people. You could have easily shrugged your shoulders, but, again despite the risks, you offered your helping hands to those who have less,” he said.