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Bong Go sends assistance to nearly three thousand flood victims in Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte

March 04, 2021 - Thursday 8:03 PM by MDM

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The Office of Senator Christopher “Bong” Go provided assistance to 2,838 flood victims from two barangays in Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte in a three-part distribution activity held on Tuesday, March 2. 

“Alam kong marami pa sa mga taga Sto. Tomas ang hindi natulungan sa dati naming mga distribution activities, 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 compliance with the necessary health and safety protocols, Go’s team distributed various forms of assistance including meals, food packs, masks, face shields, and medicine packs in the following locations: Kinamayan Elementary School with 1,000 beneficiaries, Barangay Kinamayan Gym with 638 beneficiaries, and New Katipunan Elementary School Gym in Barangay New Katipunan with 1,200 beneficiaries.

The events were a continuation of the Senator’s relief efforts to provide aid to flood victims in Sto. Tomas. Go previously visited the municipality on February 20 and provided assistance to hundreds of flood victims. 

Selected recipients also received bicycles which they can use when going to work because of limited public transportation options. While others received pairs of shoes, another set of beneficiaries received computer tablets for their children to use in their classes under the new blended learning approach. 

In his message to the beneficiaries, Go urged them to remain vigilant and to use masks and face shields for their protection against COVID-19. The Senator also asked them to cooperate with the authorities and to follow the necessary health protocols to prevent the further spread of the virus.

“Magsuot po tayo ng masks at face shield. Mag-social distancing tayo at maghugas palagi ng kamay. Kung hindi naman po kinakailangan ay huwag na po tayong lumabas sa bahay,” Go advised.

As the Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, the Senator also informed the flood victims that the government is working hard to procure the vaccines against COVID-19. He also emphasized to them that the government will prioritize the poor and vulnerable sectors and ensure them access to the vaccines.

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

Meanwhile, personnel from the Department of Social Welfare and Development were present during the distribution and offered financial assistance. The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority also provided scholarship grants and livelihood training while the Department of Agriculture provided rice seeds. The National Housing Authority also validated qualified beneficiaries for their housing assistance.

Additionally, representatives from the Department of Trade and Industry assessed potential beneficiaries for their livelihood assistance. On the other hand, the Department of Labor and Employment profiled displaced or disadvantaged individuals who are possible recipients of its livelihood program.

Go also offered his assistance to those who need medical attention. He informed the flood victims that the Malasakit Centers are always available to serve the Filipinos. The nearest of which are located at the Davao Regional Medical Center in Tagum City and the Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City.

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 assistance which covers the hospital and medical-related bills 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 dedication to serve their constituents especially in times of need.

“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.