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Bong Go continues to send assistance to Typhoon Ulysses victims in Marikina

November 21, 2020 - Saturday 11:11 AM by MDM

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After Typhoon Ulysses swept many parts of Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon, displacing thousands of residents, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go continued to bring assistance to typhoon victims, such as the 1,139 families in Marikina City.

“Mga kababayan ko na nandyan sa Marikina, galing po ako dyan noong isang araw at patuloy ang aming pagbigay ng tulong. Huwag po kayo mawalan ng pag-asa dahil hindi namin kayo pababayaan. Nandito po ang gobyernong nagmamalasakit at handa pong tumulong sa inyo,” Go said through a video call.

Aside from the aid being provided by the national and local governments, Go assured Filipinos in crisis situations that his office is always ready to serve them. 

“Ang aking opisina naman po ay may pinadalang tulong rin diyan ngayon. Patuloy kaming nagseserbisyo sa lahat ng mga Pilipinong nangangailangan sa abot ng aming makakaya,” he said. 

“Kahit saang sulok ng Pilipinas — nasunugan, tinamaan ng lindol, apektado ng pagputok ng bulkan, nabahaan, lahat ng klaseng krisis — pupuntahan namin kayo para pakinggan ang inyong hinaing, makapagbigay ng tulong o solusyon sa inyong pang-araw araw na suliranin, at mag-iwan ng ngiti sa oras ng inyong pagdadalamhati,” he added. 

The distribution activities were held separately in five batches done from November 17 to 19. The first batch of distribution was held at the Sto. Nino Elementary and High School on Tuesday, November 17, where the affected families are temporarily evacuated. 

The second and third distribution activities were held on Wednesday, November 18 at the Marikina High School and Parang Elementary School. The last two batches were held on Thursday, November 19 at Barangka Elementary School.

The relief activities are a continuation of a series of distribution activities held since Monday, when the Senator led the distribution of aid to nearly 8,000 Marikina residents in four different sites.

The distribution activities were also carried out in strict compliance with necessary health and safety protocols to avoid the further spread of COVID-19 and other diseases.

Go’s team distributed free meals, food packs, masks, face shields and vitamins. The Senator also provided bicycles to selected recipients for their commute to work as public transportation remains limited while others received tablets for their children’s use in online classes as part of their blended learning being implemented in schools.

“Meron po akong pinadala diyan, mga vitamins, pampalakas po ‘yan ng resistensya. Pakiusap lang po, inumin ninyo po ito, dahil mas maiiwasan  ang pagkakahawa sa sakit pag malakas ang resistensya,” Go advised.

“Meron din po akong pinadala na bisikleta. May pinadala rin po akong tablet. Magagamit po ng mga estudyante. Sa mga estudyante, mag-aral kayo ng mabuti. ‘Yan lang ang magpapasaya sa mga magulang natin, ang makapagtapos ng pag-aaral ang mga anak nila,” he reminded. 

As the Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Go also told beneficiaries that once a vaccine for COVID-19 becomes available, he and President Rodrigo Duterte will prioritize the poor and the vulnerable.

“’Wag po tayong mag-alala. Pag meron na pong safe na vaccine, uunahin po namin lahat ng mahihirap, uunahin namin kayo mga vulnerable para makabalik na po tayo sa normal nating pamumuhay,” he said.

Go also shared that a Malasakit Center will soon be opened in the city. It will be located at Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center. Go said that it was scheduled to be launched on November 18 but was postponed due to the typhoon.

“Ang Malasakit Center, batas na po iyan. Para sa bawat Pilipino po ito lalo na ang mga poor and indigent patients. Hindi ninyo na kailangan pumila o mag-ikot pa sa iba’t ibang opisina. Sa isang kwarto sa ospital mismo, makakuha na po kayo ng tulong pampagamot. Hindi na dapat pahirapan pa ang pagkuha ng tulong mula gobyerno,” he added. 

Meanwhile, personnel from the Department of Social Welfare and Development separately provided financial assistance to the affected residents through their existing programs that aim to assist individuals in crisis situations.

“Magsabi lang kayo kung ano ang inyong kailangan basta kami ni Pangulo, magseserbisyo kami sa inyo. Isang beses lang tayo dadaan dito kaya patuloy kaming magseserbisyo sa inyo dahil para sa amin ang serbisyo po sa tao ay serbisyo sa Diyos,” Go ended.

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