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Calamity-hit residents of San Benito, Surigao del Norte receive aid from Mr. Malasakit as he assures continuous government support towards full recovery

June 10, 2021 - Thursday 8:06 PM by MDM

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The Office of Senator Christopher “Bong” Go extended aid to typhoon-hit residents of San Benito, Surigao del Norte as part of the Senator’s commitment to complement the ongoing efforts towards full recovery of communities affected by Typhoon Auring that hit the country in February. 

Go’s team held a relief activity in San Benito Elementary School on Wednesday, June 9. It was conducted in small batches and under strict compliance with the necessary health and safety protocols.

They provided meals, vitamins, masks, and face shields to a total of 148 beneficiaries. During the activities, the Department of Social Welfare and Development also provided livelihood assistance grants to the beneficiaries under its Sustainable Livelihood Program.

In his video message to the recipients, Go urged them to maximize the assistance provided by agencies to rebuild their livelihoods and better support their community.

“Mga kababayan ko, magtulungan lang po tayo. Salamat po sa DSWD sa programang SLP-LAG, bibigyan po kayo ng puhunan at tuturuan po kayo magnegosyo. Palaguin niyo po ito at dalhin niyo po ang kita sa inyong pamilya,” he said. 

“Siguraduhin niyo lang pong gagamitin niyo po sa tama. Mas masarap po sa pakiramdam kapag pinagpawisan at pinagpaguran po natin ang ating kinikita. Dalhin niyo po ito sa inyong pamilya, lalong-lalo na po sa panahon ngayon, hirap po ang lahat,” reminded Go.

Selected beneficiaries, who have difficulty commuting to work, were provided with bicycles by Go’s team. Others, with children studying at home under the blended learning set-up, also received tablets. 

Aside from the DSWD, the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Labor and Employment assessed individuals eligible for their various programs. 

“Pakiusap ko lang po, gamitin niyo po ang tulong, puhunan, at kita ninyo sa tama,” he further stressed.

Additionally, the Senator informed the beneficiaries in need of urgent medical care that they may seek aid from his office. He also advised them to visit the Malasakit Centers at the Butuan Medical Center in Butuan, and Caraga Regional Hospital in Surigao City to conveniently avail of medical assistance. 

There are now 118 Malasakit Centers in the country, with the latest opened in Bukidnon Provincial Hospital-Maramag in Maramag, Bukidnon on June 9. Sixty-four of the Malasakit Centers are in Luzon, 26 in Visayas, and 28 are in Mindanao.

Republic Act No. 11463 or the Malasakit Centers Act of 2019, primarily authored and sponsored by Go, was eventually signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in December 2019. The law mandates the establishment of the centers in every DOH-run hospital nationwide and in the Philippine General Hospital in Manila.

Other public hospitals can also establish their own Malasakit Centers provided they meet the standard set of criteria to sustain the center’s operations. 

The Senator went on to recognize the local government officials, led by Mayor Ma. Gina Menil, Vice Mayor Wellybel Requirme, and the rest of the municipal and barangay officials who are spearheading the response and recovery efforts in the province. 

Go further shared some of the ongoing government projects within San Benito, including the construction and improvement of its municipal hall and gymnasium, which he pushed for appropriate funding. 

“Maraming salamat po. Tandaan ninyo, minsan lang po tayo dadaan sa mundong ito. Kung ano pong kabutihan o tulong na puwede nating gawin sa ating kapwa Pilipino, gawin na po natin ngayon dahil hindi na po tayo babalik sa mundong ito,” said Go.

“Kami ni Pangulong Duterte, patuloy ho kaming magseserbisyo sa inyo dahil para sa amin, ang serbisyo po sa tao ay serbisyo po ‘yan sa Diyos,” he ended.

On May 27, a team of Go also traveled to Surigao City in Surigao del Norte as part of an initiative by his office to extend additional aid to communities affected by crisis situations. He assisted a total of 1,596 residents who were adversely impacted by Typhoon Auring.