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Bong Go visits Angeles City, Pampanga; provides aid to over a thousand indigents

March 06, 2021 - Saturday 3:03 PM by MDM

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After launching the country’s 102nd Malasakit Center on Thursday, March 4, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go personally met and spoke with the local residents of Angeles City, Pampanga whose lives and livelihoods have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Nandito ako dahil marami po dito ang nawalan ng hanapbuhay at trabaho. Alam namin na hirap na kayo, hirap na rin kami ni Pangulong [Rodrigo] Duterte pero kayo ang nagbibigay ng lakas sa amin para paigtingin pa namin ang aming pagseserbisyo,” began Go.  

“Konting tiis lang, mga kababayan ko. Ang importante, buhay tayo. Ang pera naman ay ating kikitain pero ang perang kikitain ay hindi mabibili ang buhay.  Kaya pangalagaan niyo po ang inyong buhay at kalusugan at sumunod muna tayo sa gobyerno sa panahong ito,” he reminded. 

During an activity at the Chevalier School, Go's staff distributed meals, food packs, vitamins, masks and face shields to a total of 1,500 indigent residents identified by the local government. 

Selected beneficiaries also received new pairs of shoes, while others were given bicycles so they can travel to work with ease while public transportation remains limited. Another set of recipients were provided computer tablets to help their children participate remotely in their classes under the blended learning set-up. 

Aside from the above-mentioned assistance, aid workers from the Department of Social Welfare and Development also provided each beneficiary with cash assistance. The Department of Health, in turn, gave away additional medicines and vitamin supplements. 

Meanwhile, the Department of Agriculture offered a grant to help the local farming cooperative purchase a new haul truck as well as distributed gardening tools and seed supplies to encourage households to plant vegetable gardens. 

The Department of Trade and Industry, on the other hand, committed to extend livelihood assistance to qualified beneficiaries upon concluding their assessments. 

“Nagpapasalamat kami dahil ngayon lang namin naranasan ang ganitong klaseng tulong mula sa gobyerno. Gagamitin ko ang nakuhang cash para sa panggamot ng aking nanay at, kung may matitira, sa kanyang therapy. Sana matulungan ng gobyerno gumaling ang aking nanay mula sa pagka-stroke,” said Michael Punzalan, a resident of Northville 15, Brgy. Cutud. 

“Gusto ko rin humingi ng assistance para sa pagpapagamot ng aking anak. Buti nalang may gobyerno na tumutulong sa mga tulad ko. Kung wala ang gobyerno na tulad nito, paano nalang kaming mahihirap? Kaya maraming, maraming salamat kay Pangulong Duterte at Senator Bong Go. Nakaka-proud dahil marami kayong natulungan na mahihirap na Pilipino,” continued Eliarda Luprandado, another resident of Northville 15. 

With the COVID-19 posing a greater threat to the sick and elderly, Go offered to assist any beneficiaries or their loved ones who are in need of medical care. 

He also urged other Kapampangans with health concerns to visit the newly-opened Malasakit Center located at the Rafael Lazatin Memorial Medical Center or at the Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital in San Fernando City. 

The Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop where poor and indigent patients may conveniently avail medical assistance from the relevant government agencies, namely, the DOH, DSWD, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. 

As the Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Go encouraged the residents to be informed about the COVID-19 vaccines and vowed that poor and vulnerable sectors will also be prioritized after frontliners under the national vaccination program. 

“Mayroon na pong mga karagdagang bakuna na dumating mula sa AstraZeneca. Aside from Sinovac, may mapipilian na ang ating mga frontliners. Safe at epektibo po ito. Uunahin lang natin ang frontliners tapos kayo ang susunod para unti-unti na kayong makabalik sa normal niyong pamumuhay,” he assured. 

The Senator went on to recognize the public officials who continue to serve and provide for the needs of their poorest and most vulnerable constituents and stakeholders. Among those present during the activity were Patrol Party List Representative Jorge Bustos, Department of Environment and Natural Resources Undersecretary Benny Antiporda, DENR Undersecretary Edilberto Leonardo, and Bureau of Corrections Director General Gerald Bantag. 

“Huwag po kayong magpasalamat sa amin ni Pangulong Duterte dahil trabaho namin ang magserbisyo sa inyo. Kami ang nagpapasalamat dahil binigyan niyo kaming mga probinsyano ng pagkakataon na maglingkod sa ating bayan,” said Go. 

Earlier that day, Go and his team also distributed the same aid to 1,147 beneficiaries, composed of frontline medical workers and patients, at the Rafael Lazatin Memorial Medical Center. All activities were conducted in strict observance of the health and safety protocols against COVID-19. 

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