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Bong Go continues to give aid for fire victims; DTI distributes Negosyo Kits to beneficiaries

August 13, 2020 - Thursday 7:08 PM by MDM

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Senator Christopher “Bong” Go’s office provided additional assistance to fire victims in Brgys. Ibo, Looc and Pajac in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, and in Brgys. Bucana and Talomo in Davao City on Tuesday, August 11. The Senator virtually witnessed the turnover of assistance while ensuring that the actual distribution of aid are done in strict compliance with health protocols.

“Tuloy ang ating pagtulong sa kapwa nating Pilipino, lalong-lalo na sa mga kababayan nating naapektuhan ng mga insidente ng sunog na nagiging dagdag pasakit pa sa kanilang mahirap nang sitwasyon,” Go said in his message to the affected communities. 

“Sa panahon ngayon na may kinakaharap tayong krisis na dulot ng COVID-19, mas lalong hindi tayo titigil sa pagbibigay ng serbisyo at tulong sa mga nangangailangan. Sisiguraduhin lang namin na magagawa ito sa ligtas na paraan para maiwasan ang lalong pagkalat ng sakit,” Go said. 

Through his office, Go distributed face masks, food packs and financial aid to affected members of the communities. Select fire victims were also given bicycles.

“Nagbigay tayo ng face masks para matulungan ang ating mga kababayan na gamitin ito para hindi makuha ang virus at magkasakit. Yung bisikleta naman, ito ay para makatulong sa inyong pagbyahe dahil limitado pa ang public transportation ngayon,” the Senator added.

Go also witnessed the virtual turnover of Department of Trade and Industry Negosyo Kits to their chosen beneficiaries in these cities. In Lapu-Lapu City, a total of 59 beneficiaries were awarded with Negosyo Kits, 37 of which came from Brgy. Ibo, fifteen from Brgy. Looc and seven from Brgy. Pajac.

Meanwhile, in Davao City, ten beneficiaries were awarded with the said livelihood assistance from DTI. Eight of these beneficiaries came from Brgy. Bucana where a beneficiary received a Home Service Salon Negosyo Kit. Five beneficiaries were awarded with Sari-Sari Store Negosyo Kits while two were given an E-load Retailing Negosyo Kit. In Talomo, two beneficiaries received Sari-Sari Store Negosyo Kits.

According to DTI, the Negosyo Kits distributed to the beneficiaries are worth P10,000 each. Each beneficiary is also entitled to a one-on-one consultation and training on entrepreneurial mindset, basic marketing and simple bookkeeping.

“Ang mga Negosyo Kits na ito ay ipinamahagi sa mga qualified beneficiaries based sa evaluation ng DTI. Inaasahan kong magiging tulay ang mga negosyong ito para makapagsimula sila muli, makapaghanapbuhay at makatulong din sa kanilang komunidad,” he added.

During the event, the Senator emphasized the need for the passage of Senate Bill 204 or the Fire Protection Modernization Bill.  The bill aims to institutionalize the modernization of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) which will include hiring of more personnel, acquiring modern fire equipment and trainings for firefighters, among others.

In his previous statements, Go said that it is high time for the country to upgrade the facilities and capabilities of the BFP. According to the Senator, adding more services and hiring of additional personnel would create a more efficient, prepared and well-equipped BFP that will respond not only to fire incidents but also to calamities, disasters and crisis.

“Saving lives is an honorable task but in order to efficiently serve the nation and protect Filipinos, we need to improve our services and capabilities. The BFP is tasked to respond to such incidents and catastrophes, and with the health crisis we are facing today, we need to further strengthen the BFP,” Go said.

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