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Bong Go continues to send assistance to over 11,000 Typhoon Ulysses victims in Cagayan

February 28, 2021 - Sunday 4:02 PM by MDM

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More Cagayanons whose lives have been affected due to Typhoon Ulysses in November continue to receive help from Senator Christopher “Bong” Go as his team brought assistance to 11,068 beneficiaries from the municipalities of Sanchez-Mira, Claveria, Lal-lo, Buguey, Aparri and Peñablanca, and Tuguegarao City in Cagayan in a series of distribution activities held on February 23 to 25.

“Mga kababayan ko, alam kong hirap na kayo dahil nabagyo na nga kayo, may pandemya pa rin tayong hinaharap. Kaya nariyan ang aking staff para mamigay pa sa inyo ng tulong para makapagbigay kami at mapagaan ang inyong loob, lalo na sa mga oras ng inyong paghihirap,” Go said in a video call.

“Magtulungan lang po tayo. Kayo diyan sa Cagayan, bukas po ang aming opisina ni Pangulong Duterte sa kung ano pa po pwede naming maitulong sa inyong lahat,” he added.

Go’s team distributed meals, food packs, masks, face shields, and vitamin packs to the typhoon victims during the three-day distribution activities. 

Around 346 beneficiaries from Sanchez-Mira received assistance at an event held at their municipal hall. Another 1,300 beneficiaries from Claveria were also given assistance in three different venues, namely Claveria Central School Gymnasium, Barangay Taggat Sur Hall, and Barangay Taggat Norte Hall. 

On the next day, 1,870 beneficiaries from Lal-lo were given assistance at Lal-lo Municipal Gym and Lal-lo National High School, and another 868 beneficiaries from Buguey were aided at Cabaritan Gymnasium. Around 4,159 beneficiaries from Aparri received assistance during two separate distribution activities held at Cagayan State University and Bangag Municipal Gym, respectively. 

On the last day, 1,407 beneficiaries from Peñablanca were assisted in an activity held at the Peñablanca High School Gym, and another 1,118 beneficiaries in Tuguegarao City distribution held at two venues, namely Anaffunan East and in Buntun, were provided assistance. 

In all distribution activities, Go also provided bicycles to selected recipients as public transportation remains limited due to the pandemic. The Senator also gave away pairs of shoes to chosen recipients. Meanwhile, computer tablets were also distributed to selected beneficiaries for their children to use in classes as part of their blended learning being implemented in schools.

All distribution activities in the venues mentioned were conducted while complying with necessary health and safety protocols to avoid the further spread of COVID-19. 

Randy Castillo, one of the beneficiaries from Claveria and a person with disability, expressed his gratitude towards the Senator for the assistance he received.

“Nagpapasalamat ako sa ibinigay ni Senator Bong sa amin at kay Pangulong Duterte. Salamat din sa bike na napanalunan ko. Hiling ko rin sana na mabigyan ng tablet para sa anak ko at negosyo,”Castillo said in an interview.

Castillo’s rice farm was washed away during the typhoon, affecting his family’s food supply. He also failed to get a job because of the ongoing pandemic.

The Senator also reminded beneficiaries to follow government protocols to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 in the country. He also told recipients that the government has been working hard to procure vaccines for COVID-19, especially for the poor and vulnerable.

Go also offered assistance to those who need medical attention. He told beneficiaries that the Malasakit Center located at Cagayan Valley Medical Center in Tuguegarao City is open to serve poor and indigent Filipinos for their medical assistance.

Additionally, the Senator explained that the Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop where agencies, such as the Department of Social Welfare and Development, 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.

Meanwhile, personnel from the DSWD were present to provide separate financial assistance to the typhoon victims. Additionally, the Department of Agriculture provided grants to the beneficiaries.

“Kami ni Pangulong Duterte, patuloy kaming magseserbisyo sa inyo, dahil para sa amin ang serbisyo sa tao ay serbisyo po ‘yan sa Diyos,” he ended.

Go also thanked local government officials for their untiring service to their constituents, including Sanchez-Mira Mayor Asela Sacramed, Claveria Mayor Meraluna Abrogar, Lal-lo Mayor Florence Pascual, Buguey Mayor Lloyd M. Antiporda and the rest of the local officials present.

In November, President Rodrigo Duterte and Go visited the typhoon-struck province and conducted an aerial inspection over affected areas. Go also sent assistance to Cagayan residents affected by the typhoon in the same month, particularly in Solana and Tuguegarao City. He continued to send more assistance in January in the municipalities of Amulung, Baggao and Enrile. Last week, he also sent his team to provide assistance to more than 8,000 Cagayanons from the municipalities of Iguig, Solana and Enrile.

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