WHY NOT LET PDP CARES CARE FOR US
empowered woman with an enormous heart, a compassionate soul and a burning
passion to uplift and better the lives of the underprivileged members of the society.
This is how I describe Ma’am Kathryna Yu-Pimentel, the wife of Senator Koko Pimentel and the frontrunner of PDP Cares Partylist. I call her ma’am Kath every time we meet, especially those times when PDP Cares (Pilipino Dapat Paglingkuran) conducted its relief efforts in the war-stricken Marawi City last 2017.
My first impression of her was that she was meek and introvert, but it didn’t last because there’s more to her than meets the eye. The way she treats and consoles the victims of the Marawi siege is beyond humanitarian works and politics—to me it’s more of a motherly care who only wants the best for her children. Then it became vivid to me why PDP Cares because she really cares, indeed.
When I say care, it is fair regardless of status, religion, affiliations and differences. And true to its vision, PDP Cares does not only carry out charitable activities to areas close to their hearts, but even to provinces and cities hit by calamities and communities with less access, if not totally deprived, of the government’s basic services. If you try to visit its social media pages, there you’ll see that PDP Cares is visible in areas struck by disasters and crisis—to bring not just goods but hope and brighter tomorrow.
During the pandemic, volunteers of PDP-Cares went around the Philippines to provide assistance and relief packages, including medical supplies and protective equipment. The group also trooped to areas affected by Typhoon Odette in Surigao del Norte, Siargao, Caraga, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu and Negros Occidental, among others.
“We will never know up to when we will still be alive. We must help while we can, and as many people as we can. Tulong lang ng tulong,” ma’am Kath said.
That is why I was not surprised to learn that Ma’am Kath is seeking a congressional seat as the first nominee of PDP Cares Partylist. True that the group can continue its mission and devotion without joining politics, but let us consider the fact that it can further expand its programs and public service once it secures a seat in Congress.
What I know about parylist representation in Congress is that it served as the voice of the underrepresented and marginalized sectors of the society through enactment of laws that will benefit the said sector throughout the country. But, as I read through the 8-point program of government of PDP Cares, it actually addresses what I think are the perennial concerns and issues in the country that need immediate action and long-term solution. These are:
· Financial assistance for the poor in times of crisis and calamaties
· Preparedness for disasters
· Free relocation to safer place
· Anti-Baha Coalition
· Women and Children Rights
· Help for OFWs and their families in the Philippines
· Public works structural code
· Support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Witnessing the leadership of ma’am Kath and how she influenced her fellow volunteers to actively involve in public service, I am more than a hundred percent sure she can deliver and carry out the mandate that will be bestowed on her shoulder.
She is a mother and a wife. And everyone will agree that nothing beats the love and care of our mothers. So why don’t we let PDP Cares care for us? (A&M)