Senator Christopher “Bong” Go continues to provide assistance to Filipinos in need, particularly those affected by fire incidents. On Tuesday, November 3, Go’s personnel distributed aid to 134 Muslim families from two barangays in Zamboanga City whose houses were ravaged by two separate fire incidents.
One hundred twenty seven families from Barangay Campo Islam and seven families from Barangay Calarian received meals, food packs, masks, face shield, cash assistance and medicines. Go’s team strictly complied with the necessary health and safety protocols in line with national and local policies during the activity.
“Alam ko ang inyong pinagdadaanan ngayon, kaya ako nagpadala ng tulong sa inyo. Nandiyan po ang aking staff dala ang pagkain, food packs, masks, face shields. Mayroon ding cash assistance at medicines para sa inyong lahat,” Go said in a video call.
He also urged each beneficiaries to cooperate with authorities, follow health protocols, and use the masks and face shields as a way to prevent transmission of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country.
With the limited transportation due to the health crisis and the need to commute to work, Go provided bicycles to selected beneficiaries. Go’s team also gave away tablets to another set of selected beneficiaries for their children to help them in the blended learning approach being implemented.
“Mahirap ang transportasyon ngayong panahon dahil sa nangyayaring health crisis sa bansa. Kaya mayroon po akong bisikletang ibibigay sa iilan sa inyo,” Go said.
“Sa mga bata, may binigay akong mga tablets sa inyong mga magulang. Mayroon lang akong pakiusap sa inyo. Mag-aral kayo ng mabuti dahil edukasyon ang ating tanging puhunan sa mundong ito. At tayo po, mga magulang, pagsikapan natin na makapagtapos ang ating mga anak,” he added.
The Senator also urged fire victims to go to the nearest Malasakit Center located in Zamboanga City Medical Center to avail of medical and financial assistance for their healthcare needs.
The Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop where the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Health, PhilHealth and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office are housed under one roof to conveniently provide medical and financial assistance from their existing programs for poor and indigent Filipino patients.
“Para sa mga Pilipino itong Malasakit Center. Isinulong ko ito para maging batas dahil alam kong makakabenepisyo kayo dito. Hangad ko at ni Pangulong Duterte na mabigyan kayo ng maayos at mabilis na serbisyo, lalong lalo na sa inyong kalusugan,” Go said.
Meanwhile, representatives from the DSWD also provided separate financial assistance to the beneficiaries under their existing program for individuals in crisis situations. They also gave away relief kits for the affected families.
Personnel from the Department of Trade and Industry were also present to assess and validate potential beneficiaries for the livelihood assistance under the Pangkabuhayan sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa livelihood program. The National Housing Agency also assessed and validated fire victims for housing assistance under the Emergency Housing Assistance Program (EHAP).
“Magtulungan tayo lalo na sa panahon ngayon. Basta kami ni Presidente Duterte, magseserbisyo kami para sa inyo sa abot ng aming makakaya,” Go reiterated.
“Magbayanihan at magmalasakit tayo sa kapwa para malampasan natin ang mga pagsubok na ito. Sino pa ba ang magtutulungan kundi tayo ring mga kapwa Pilipino,” he ended. (OSBG)
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