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Bong Go continues to provide aid to hundreds of flood victims in Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte

February 23, 2021 - Tuesday 2:02 PM by MDM

Article Banner Image Bong Go reiterates that no one should be left behind towards recovery as he personally visited and provided assistance to 800 residents affected by a flood in Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte on Saturday, February 20.

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go personally visited and provided assistance on Saturday, February 20, to 800 residents affected by flood in Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte. 

“Hindi ko gusto na mayroon dito na walang matanggap na tulong, kaya sabi ko babalikan ko kayo dahil ang importante sa akin ay makatanggap ng tulong ang lahat ng mga tinamaan ng baha,” Go said in his speech.

In three separate clusters, Go’s team distributed various forms of assistance, including meals, food packs, masks, face shields and medicine packs. The distribution activity was held at the Municipal Compound Covered Court. It was conducted while complying with necessary health and safety protocols to avoid the further spread of COVID-19. 

In his message to the beneficiaries, Go urged them to remain vigilant and use the masks and face shields provided for their protection against COVID-19. 

“Ito pong vitamins na dala ko, inumin niyo po ito dahil pampalakas po ito ng inyong resistensya. Kapag malakas ang inyong resistensya, mas lalaban ang katawan ninyo laban sa COVID-19,” he said.

Leizel Ouano, one of the beneficiaries, expressed her gratitude towards the Senator. In an interview, Ouano explained how her family, after her husband passed away due to an illness at the Bishop Joseph Regan Memorial Hospital in Tagum City, had an outstanding balance of more than P400,000. The Senator then assured Ouano of his financial assistance for the bill. The husband’s death certificate was withheld by the hospital because of unpaid arrears. 

“Maraming salamat Senator Bong Go sa iyong tulong sa amin. Hindi ko na-expect na dumating ka sa aming buhay at tutulong sa aming problema ngayon. Presidente Duterte, maraming salamat sa iyong tulong noon pa, lalo kaming mga mahihirap dito sa Sto. Tomas,” Ouano said.

“Hindi ko inaasahang tutulungan niya kami. At nagpapasalamat din ako kay President Duterte, sa kanilang dalawa, dahil sa ayudang ibinigay nila sa amin,” she added.

Go also told beneficiaries to cooperate with authorities and follow necessary health protocols to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in the country.

As the chair of the Senate Committee on Health, the Senator also informed the beneficiaries that the government is working hard to procure vaccines against the coronavirus disease. He also told them that once the COVID-19 vaccine is available, the government will prioritize and ensure access of poor and vulnerable sectors.

Selected recipients also received bicycles which they can use when going to work because of limited public transportation options amid the pandemic. Others also received pairs of shoes from the Senator. Another set of beneficiaries received computer tablets for their children to use in their classes under the new blended learning approach. 

“Isa lang ang pakiusap ko sa mga estudyante, mag-aral kayo ng mabuti dahil ‘yan lang ang puhunan natin sa mundo. Bagama’t distance learning tayo ngayon, ang importante po ay makapagtapos kayo ng pag-aaral ninyo,” Go reminded students.

Meanwhile, personnel from the Department of Social Welfare and Development were present in the distribution activity and provided beneficiaries financial assistance. The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority also provided scholarship grants and livelihood training while the Department of Agriculture provided vegetable seeds.

Additionally, personnel from the Department of Trade and Industry were also at the distribution activity and assessed potential beneficiaries for their livelihood assistance. The Department of Labor and Employment also provided emergency employment for displaced workers, underemployed and seasonal workers.

Go also offered assistance to those who need medical attention. He also told beneficiaries that Malasakit Centers are already available to serve Filipinos. The nearest Malasakit Centers are located at the Davao Regional Medical Center in Tagum City and Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City.

“Mayroon na tayong 101 na Malasakit Center sa buong Pilipinas,  mayroon sa Tagum at mayroon rin sa Davao sa SPMC. Kahit hindi kayo taga-Davao, puwede niyo lapitan ang Malasakit Center. Lapitan n’yo lang ‘yan dahil zero balance ang target n’yan para wala na kayong babayaran sa inyong ospital. Para talaga ‘yan sa poor and indigent patients,” he told beneficiaries.

The Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop where agencies, such as the DSWD, Department of Health, PhilHealth and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, are housed under one roof to provide convenient access to medical assistance to cover hospital and medical-related hills, especially of poor and indigent patients. 

Lastly, Go also thanked the local government officials, particularly Sto. Tomas Mayor Ernesto Evangelista and the rest of the local leaders, for their untiring support and assistance to their constituents, especially in times of need.

“Tandaan niyo ito. Mahalin niyo ang kapwa niyo Pilipino, hinding-hindi kayo magkakamali. Mahalin mo lang ang pagseserbisyo sa kapwa mo tao, hinding-hindi ka talaga magkakamali diyan,” Go advised the officials.

“Kami ni Pangulong Duterte ay patuloy na magseserbisyo sa inyo dahil para sa amin ang serbisyo sa tao ay serbisyo rin sa Diyos,” he ended.