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Bong Go sends assistance to more than a thousand Typhoon Vicky victims in Surigao del Norte

February 28, 2021 - Sunday 7:02 PM by MDM

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To help communities recover from the aftermath of natural calamities, the Office of Senator Christopher “Bong” Go distributed assistance to 1,220 victims affected by Typhoon Vicky in different areas in Surigao del Norte on February 25 and 26.

On both days of distribution, the beneficiaries received meals, food packs, masks, face shields, and vitamins. On the first day, 213 beneficiaries from Malimono town, 192 beneficiaries from Surigao City, and 126 beneficiaries from Mainit were provided assistance at the Malimono Municipal Gymnasium, Surigao City Auditorium, and Kasili Lakeside Hotel and Resort, respectively.

On the second day, Go continued to extend help to 69 beneficiaries from Sison, 178 beneficiaries from Tagana-an, and another 442 beneficiaries from Bacuag in their respective municipal gymnasiums.

The activities were done in accordance with the necessary health protocols to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 and other diseases.

Delita Zamora, a 74 year-old beneficiary from Mainit, expressed her gratitude for the assistance provided by the Senator. 

“Nagpapasalamat talaga ako sa tulong ni Senator Bong Go dahil ngayon lang nagkaroon ng ganito. Binigay niya ang aming pabor, pagkain, at cash assistance. Sobrang tuwa namin. Sobra ang tuwa ko,” Zamora said in an interview.

Selected beneficiaries also received bicycles for their commute to work given the limited transportation options amid the pandemic. Some received computer tablets for their children’s use in classes as part of their blended learning in school. Pairs of shoes were also given to another set of recipients.

“Sa mga kabataan, mag-aral kayong mabuti. Gamitin ninyo ang mga tablet para sa inyong pag-aaral. Iyan lamang ang kasiyahan ng mga magulang ninyo, ang makapagtapos kayo,” the Senator reminded the youth.

Go also assured the typhoon victims that the government is doing its best in securing vaccines against the coronavirus disease. In addition, he emphasized that the poor and vulnerable sectors will be prioritized.

The Senator also offered his assistance to those who need major health operations and urgent medical care. He informed them that any Filipino may conveniently seek medical assistance from the government at the nearest Malasakit Center located at the Caraga Regional Hospital in Surigao City.

The Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop where national agencies, such as the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Health, PhilHealth, and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, are housed under one roof. This initiative allows convenient access to medical assistance to cover hospital and medical-related bills, especially of poor and indigent patients.

Moreover, personnel from the DSWD provided separate financial assistance to the beneficiaries. On the other hand, the Department of Trade and Industry assessed recipients of its livelihood program.

While the Department of Agriculture provided seedlings, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority offered scholarship grants and livelihood training to the beneficiaries.

Go also thanked local government officials for their dedicated service to their constituents. Among those whom he recognized were Malimono Mayor Wallace Sinaca, Surigao City Ernesto Matugas, Jr., Mainit Mayor Crisanta Mondano, Sison Mayor Karissa R. Fetalvero-Paronia, Tagana-an Mayor Cesar B. Diaz, Jr., Bacuag Mayor Felicisimo Cebedo, and the rest of their official rosters.

“Tandaan niyo ito. Isang beses lang tayo dadaan sa mundong ito. Kung anumang kabutihan ang ating kayang gawin, gawin natin,” Go said.

“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.

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