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Bong Go sends more aid to third batch of Typhoon Ulysses victims in Rizal towns of San Mateo and Rodriguez

November 24, 2020 - Tuesday 7:11 PM by MDM

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The Office of Senator Christopher “Bong” Go delivered more assistance to the third batch of beneficiaries severely affected by recent typhoons in the towns of San Mateo and Rodriguez in Rizal on Monday, November 23. Go and his team initially assisted a total number of 2,313 typhoon victims during a series of distribution activities held on November 19 and 20.

In his video message to the victims, Go said that his office will not tire extending help to victims of natural disasters, such as typhoons, floods and earthquakes and other natural disasters and unforeseen incidents, such as fires.

“Galing po ako diyan noong Huwebes sa inyong lugar. Pasensya na po at hindi na po ako nakabalik, iniwan ko po ang aking mga staff diyan para makapagbigay ng tulong po sa inyo,” Go said, reiterating “sa panahon ng krisis, wala po kaming pahinga dahil dapat non-stop po ang tulong.” 

“Kung ano pa po ang puwede namin maitulong, magsabi lang po kayo sa amin. Kami po ni Pangulong Duterte, sa abot po ng aming makakaya ay tutulong po kami sa inyo. Nandiyan po ang aking mga staff upang magserbisyo at rumesponde sa inyong mga pangangailangan,” he added. 

During the third day of aid distribution, 1,150 beneficiaries were given meals, food packs, masks, face shields, and vitamins in a distribution activity held at the Dulong Bayan 2 Covered Court in San Mateo and Eulogio Rodriguez Elementary School in Rodriguez. The distribution activity was carried out in strict compliance with necessary health and safety protocols to avoid the spread of COVID-19 and other diseases.

“Paki-usap lang po, delikado po ang panahon kaya gumamit po kayo ng masks at saka face shield, sumunod tayo sa mga patakaran ng gobyerno tulad ng social distancing, paghugas ng kamay — para po ito maprotektahan kayo at ang inyong komunidad mula sa sakit,” Go advised the victims.

“Kung hindi po kailangan, huwag po muna lumabas ng inyong mga bahay. Mayroon din po akong pinadala na mga vitamins, inumin niyo po 'yung mga vitamins, pampalakas po ito ng resistensya. Alam niyo po, kapag malakas ang inyong resistensya, mas malalabanan nito ang sakit na COVID-19 — hindi kayo basta-basta mahawa, basta malakas ang inyong resistensya,” he added.

He also assured them that the government will prioritize the poor and vulnerable sectors once a COVID-19 vaccine has been certified and guaranteed safe and effective.

“Huwag po kayong mag-alala, kapag mayroon na pong vaccine na safe, uunahin namin ni Pangulong (Rodrigo) Duterte ang mga mahihirap at mga vulnerable. Uunahin po namin kayo para makabalik na tayo sa normal nating pamumuhay,” he assured them.

Go’s team also provided bicycles to selected recipients for their commute to work as public transportation remains limited due to the pandemic. Others were given tablets for their children’s use in online classes as part of their blended learning being implemented in schools. 

“Pakiusap lang po sa mga estudyante, mag-aral kayo ng mabuti, alam niyo ang mga magulang natin nagpapakamatay po ‘yan para mapag-aral lang kayong mga anak. Kaya bilang ganti naman ho, mag-aral kayong mabuti, kunswelo na lang po sa mga magulang ang makapag-tapos ang kanilang mga anak,” he asked the students.

Personnel from the Department of Social Welfare and Development also distributed separate financial and relief assistance to the typhoon victims through their existing programs to aid individuals in crisis situations. 

During the visit, Go also urged residents with medical concerns to go to the nearest Malasakit Center located at the Antipolo City Hospital System Annex IV, Margarito Duavit Memorial Hospital in Binangonan, and Bagong Cainta Municipal Hospital in Cainta to seek government medical assistance. 

The Senator explained that the Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop where government agencies with medical assistance programs are under one roof to help poor and indigent patients. 

“Mayroon na rin tayong 92 na Malasakit Center sa buong Pilipinas. Pinangako ko noon na maisabatas ito. Ngayon ay batas na po 'yan. Nasa loob na po ng isang ospital ang apat na ahensya ng gobyerno, PhilHealth, DOH, DSWD, PCSO, tutulungan kayo sa inyong hospital bill para mag-zero balance ito,” Go said.

“Kung mayroon man kayong iba pang kailangan sa pagpapagamot o sa operasyon, magsabi lang po kayo sa opisina namin o kay Mayor, o kay Kapitana. Ako po ang tutulong sa inyo sa pagpapa-opera, pamasahe ninyo mula Maynila at pauwi, sa operasyon, medicine, at iba pang kailangan. Sakit sa puso, o kahit anong operasyon, tutulungan ko po kayo, magsabi lang po kayo,” he said.

Given the frequency of natural disasters and calamities in the country, Go also said that it is time to pass his proposed Senate Bill 205 which seeks to create the Department of Disaster Resilience. 

He said that the new department will provide faster government response to natural disasters and calamities, such as typhoons and earthquakes, by putting together all related agencies under a single department.

Despite the ongoing pandemic, the Senator continues to reach out and extend much needed relief to Filipinos in crisis situations, especially those affected by the recent typhoons.

“Kahit saang sulok ng Pilipinas — nasunugan, tinamaan ng lindol, apektado ng pagputok ng bulkan, nabahaan, lahat ng klaseng krisis — pupuntahan ko 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,” Go reiterated. 

“Kaunting tiis lang po, alam ko nahihirapan na kayo, kami rin po ni Pangulong Duterte, nahihirapan din po kami. Kayo ang nagbibigay lakas sa amin para magtrabaho pa po ng mabuti. Patuloy po tayong magbayanihan at magmalasakit sa kapwa para sa ikabubuti ng ating kapwa Pilipino,” he ended. activities held on November 19 and 20.

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