SENATOR Christopher “Bong” Go continues to provide assistance to distressed communities as his team mounted relief operations for fire victims in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Gingoog in Misamis Oriental on January 6 and 7.
Go’s staff conducted the distributions at National Housing Authority Region 10 Office in Cagayan de Oro City and Gingoog City Function Hall. They handed out masks and snacks to a total of 48 families. Selected individuals were also given computer tablets and bicycles.
Meanwhile, NHA provided support to each affected family through its Emergency Housing Assistance Program.
“Sa mga kababayan ko naman po na nasunugan, huwag ho kayong mawalan ng pag-asa. Ang gamit po’y nabibili, ang pera po’y kikitain natin, magsipag lang tayo. Subalit ‘yung perang kikitain ay hindi po nabibili ang buhay,” said Go in his video message.
The senator then expressed optimism that the Bureau of Fire Protection will be more efficient and capable in dealing with fire-related incidents with the implementation of the BFP Modernization Act of 2021, which is based on Senate Bill No. 1832 that Go principally authored and co-sponsored in the Senate.
The law provides for a ten-year BFP modernization program that includes the recruitment of more firefighters, provision of specialized training, and upgrade and acquisition of new fire equipment.
“To better protect Filipinos, we need to further strengthen the Bureau of Fire Protection by improving its services and capabilities so that it can efficiently and effectively respond to incidents and other catastrophes,” the senator noted.
Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Go also urged the families to continue adhering to the health and safety protocols and encouraged those eligible to participate in the national vaccination campaign.
In line with his commitment to provide quality healthcare services to more Filipinos, Go also offered additional assistance to those with medical concerns. He advised them to visit the Malasakit Centers at Northern Mindanao Medical Center and J.R. Borja General Hospital in Cagayan de Oro City.
The first Malasakit Center was established in 2018 to provide assistance to particularly poor and indigent patients by reducing their medical expenses to the lowest amount possible. It was institutionalized through the Malasakit Centers Act of 2019, which was also principally authored and sponsored by Go. To date, there are 149 Malasakit Centers nationwide that have assisted over three million Filipinos.
“Wala pong pinipili ang Malasakit Center. Basta Pilipino ka, qualified ka po sa Malasakit Center. Para po ‘yan sa poor and indigent patients. Inyo po ‘yan, mga kababayan ko,” Go reassured.
“Kung kailangan n’yo po ng tulong sa Heart Center sa Maynila, magsabi lang ho kayo. Tutulungan ho namin kayo. Kami na ho ang sasagot sa inyong pagpapaospital kung kakailanganin pong dalhin sa Maynila,” he added.
The senator then acknowledged the efforts and determination of the local officials in helping their respective communities recover from calamity situations even at the height of the pandemic.
“Mga kababayan ko, kami po ni Pangulong (Rodrigo) Duterte ay handang magserbisyo sa inyong lahat sa abot ng aming makakaya. At uunahin namin ang interes ng bawat Pilipino dahil mahal po namin ang aming kapwa Pilipino. Maraming salamat po,” he ended.
As Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, Go has also supported several initiatives in the province to boost its economic growth, such as the construction of drainage system and flood control structures along Iponan River, acquisition of several ambulance units and fire and dump trucks, and the construction of a three-storey multipurpose building in Barangay 33 in Cagayan de Oro City.
Other initiatives he supported include the flood control projects in Magsaysay, Medina and Gingoog City; construction of multipurpose buildings in Initao, Magsaysay and Gingoog City; rehabilitation of local roads in Baliangao, Balingasag, Balingoan, Initao, Lagonglong, Laguindingan, Libertad, Lugait, Magsaysay, Manticao and El Salvador City; and construction of water systems in Balingasag and Jasaan.
Last month, Go’s office also sent aid to thousands of flash flood victims in El Salvador City and Opol.