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Bong Go calls for continued ‘bayanihan’ efforts to help poor Filipinos overcome the pandemic; provides additional aid to indigents in Metro Manila

April 17, 2021 - Saturday 4:04 PM by MDM

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt the lives of many Filipinos, the Office of Senator Christopher “Bong” Go on Wednesday, April 14, distributed additional assistance to indigents being catered to by the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Around 200 beneficiaries were provided with meals, masks, face shields and vitamins. The distribution activity was held at the DSWD Central Office in Batasan, Quezon City. The activity was conducted in batches while strictly complying with the necessary health protocols to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19. 

As the Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, he advised the beneficiaries to continue to follow government-issued health protocols, such as wearing masks and face shields when in public, washing of hands, observing social distancing, and avoiding unessential travels.

“Ang ating kooperasyon at pagsunod sa mga patakaran ay makapagliligtas ng buhay ng ating kapwa Pilipino,” Go emphasized. 

He also assured them that the poor and vulnerable sectors will be provided access to vaccines in accordance with the COVID-19 vaccination prioritization list. 

“Huwag  kayong mag-alala, unti-unti na pong dumarating ang bakuna. Inuuna lang po ang mga frontliners. Susunod naman ang mga senior citizens, susunod naman po ang mga indigent pababa na po ‘yan,” he explained.

“Huwag po kayong matakot sa bakuna, matakot po kayo sa COVID-19. Ang bakuna po ang tanging solusyon natin dito upang malampasan po natin itong krisis. Ang bakuna po ang susi para makabalik sa normal na pamumuhay. Magtiwala lamang kayo sa ating gobyerno,” he added.

Go also offered to help those who needed medical attention. He also reminded them that they can conveniently avail of medical assistance from any of the 102 Malasakit Centers nationwide, specifically those located in Quezon City, such as East Avenue Medical Center, National Kidney and Transplant Institute, Philippine Children’s Medical Center, Philippine Heart Center, Lung Center of the Philippines and Novaliches District Hospital.

One of the beneficiaries, Yolanda Paez, thanked Go for pushing for the enactment of the Malasakit Centers Act of 2019 which helped her finance the medical needs of one of her parents.

“Ako po ay nagpapasalamat sa Malasakit (Center) dahil malaki ang naitulong sa akin noong naka-confine ang magulang ko sa Lung Center. Binigyan ako... ng ibabayad ko sa ospital. Ako ay nagpapasalamat kay Senator Go dahil malaki ang naitulong ng Malasakit Center sa magulang ko,” she said. 

 Personnel from the DSWD also provided separate financial assistance to the beneficiaries, particularly to those who were not covered by the Social Amelioration Program. 

"Alam kong hirap na kayo pero konting tiis lang po, mga kababayan ko. Patuloy tayong magtulungan at magmalasakit sa kapwa natin. Sino ba naman magtutulungan kundi tayo lang kapwa Pilipino,” said Go.

Due to the impact of the pandemic on their lives and livelihoods, Go’s office also extended similar aid to the disadvantaged and displaced workers in Quezon City on Tuesday, April 13.