Local government units (LGUs) found it challenging to quickly provide relief to families affected by the quarantine. That is why several mayors in Metro Manila and nearby provinces have expressed their gratitude to companies that served as their partners at this time, including ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.’s “Pantawid ng Pag-ibig.”
“Private and public partnerships like what ABS-CBN does are a big help. We don’t know when this pandemic is going to end and the government can’t do it alone,” Valenzuela mayor Rex Gatchalian said in an interview with “TV Patrol.”
Because of the quarantine extension, the funds of LGUs have been greatly affected, which is why mayors think of “Pantawid ng Pag-ibig” as an answer to their problems.
Pasay City mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano said: “We have a budget, but it is not enough. That is why we are so thankful. This is a great project of ABS-CBN because it can really help the local government extend its budget.”
As for Maragondon, Cavite mayor Reynaldo Rillo, ABSCBN’s simple act of giving relief packs is a way to show love and concern for Filipinos.
Said Malolos, Bulacan mayor Gilbert Gatchalian: “Thank you, ABS-CBN, for your ‘Pantawid ng Pag-ibig’ program that made our kababayan feel like they are not alone in this battle.”