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Bong Go sends aid to fire victims in Manila

September 29, 2020 - Tuesday 5:09 PM by MDM

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Senator Christopher “Bong” Go continues to help Filipinos in distress, especially those whose homes have been ravaged by fire.

On Monday, September 28, Go sent assistance to victims of two different fire incidents in Manila. Go, through his team on site, distributed immediate relief to 31 families, comprising of 113 individuals, in Barangay 258, Zone 23 of Sta. Cruz, Manila, and sixteen families, composed of 65 individuals, in Barangay 267 in Tondo, Manila.

“Nagpadala ako ng kaunting financial assistance, mga gift check, food packs at saka pananghalian. Meron din po akong ipinadala na motorcycle backriding barriers na donated ng Angkas, at saka mask at face shield,” Go said in a video call to the fire victims.

Aside from the aid mentioned above, Go’s staff also gave away tablets for selected students to be used for their classes. Bicycles were also given to those who need them most.  The distributions of aid were facilitated under strict observance of the health protocols imposed by the government.

“Para sa mga estudyante, alam kong sa panahon ngayon, mahirap mag-aral nang walang gamit dahil online na tayo. Itong new normal, maraming mga pagsubok ang iprinisinta sa atin pero hindi tayo susuko, lalo na kapag ang usapin na ay ang edukasyon ninyo. Kaya magbibigay din ako ng tablet ngayon. Gamitin ninyo ito para sa inyong edukasyon,” Go said addressing students.

The Senator then advised the fire victims to use the masks and face shields, especially that the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak is still affecting the country.

“Ito lang po ang pakiusap ko sa inyo, ‘yung mga mask at saka face shield, suotin ninyo po. Delikado ‘yung panahon ngayon dahil nagkakahawaan pa. Itong mga ginagawa ng gobyerno ay para naman po sa kapakanan ninyo,“ Go urged.

The Senator also shared that as soon as the COVID-19 vaccine becomes available, the government will prioritize the poor and the vulnerable. 

“Cooperate muna tayo. Kaunting tiis lang po. Alam kong hirap po kayo pero ‘wag kayong mag-alala pag meron na pong vaccine, uunahin namin kayo ni Pangulong Duterte , ‘yung mahihirap at saka vulnerable, para makabalik sa normal na pamumuhay,” Go shared.

“Ang nais natin ay ‘yung normal na pamumuhay kung saan mayakap natin ang ating kapwa Pilipino. ‘Yun ang aking ipinagdarasal, minimithi muli na katulad dati na pwede nating yakapin, makamayan ‘yung mga kapwa natin Pilipino,” he added.

Meanwhile, representatives of various government agencies were also present during the aid distribution activities to extend additional assistance to the fire victims.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development gave financial assistance through their Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation program. The National Housing Authority also committed to evaluate beneficiaries for their Emergency Housing Assistance Program. The Department of Trade and Industry also assessed potential beneficiaries for the Pangkabuhayan sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa program.

“Hindi po kayo pababayaan ng gobyernong palaging nagmamalasakit sa inyo. Magbayanihan po tayo para malampasan natin ang krisis na ito at maibalik ang sigla ng kabuhayan ng ating mga kababayan,” he said. 

Go also mentioned that the nearest Malasakit Center located at the Philippine General Hospital is ready to serve those who need medical and financial assistance.

He explained that the Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop that houses DSWD, Department of Health, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and PhilHealth where patients can avail of the government’s various medical assistance programs. 

“Kung sino po ang mga pasyente na gustong magpaopera, meron tayong PGH kung saan naroon ang pinakamalapit na Malasakit Center sa inyo. Hindi na po kailangan lumabas ng ospital, tutulungan kayo ng Malasakit Center sa inyong medical at financial assistance,” Go said.

“Kung di po kaya sa Malasakit Center, tutulong po ako. ‘Wag kayong mahiyang lumapit sa amin dahil trabaho namin yan. Ako naman po, bisyo ko ang magserbisyo. Kami ni Pangulong Duterte, gagawin namin ang lahat sa abot ng aming makakaya para sa kapakanan inyo,” he ended.

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