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Displaced workers in Alaminos City get additional support from Mr. Malasakit as he urged essential sectors not to waste the opportunity to get vaccinated

June 10, 2021 - Thursday 7:06 PM by MDM

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To give struggling sectors additional support and help them recover from the adverse effects of the pandemic, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go’s team conducted a two-day relief activity for displaced economic frontliners in Alaminos City, Pangasinan. 

In his video message, Go also urged all eligible essential workers belonging to the A4 priority group to not waste the opportunity to get vaccinated. 

"The vaccine is the best weapon we have in the fight against the coronavirus. Huwag kayo matakot dahil ito ang tanging solusyon para makabalik na tayo sa dati nating pamumuhay,” Go began in a video message. 

“Habang hindi pa tayo immune, sumunod  tayo sa mga patakaran ng gobyerno. Magtulungan tayo at malalampasan din natin ang krisis na ito bilang nagkakaisang mamamayang Pilipino,” he continued. 

During the activity, Go’s team distributed meals, vitamins, masks and face shields to a total of 4,276 beneficiaries, composed of market vendors and Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association members, at the Alaminos City National High School and Don Leopoldo Sison Convention Center in the same city. 

Selected beneficiaries were given new pairs of shoes or bicycles so they can work or commute with ease. Others were provided computer tablets for their children to use for their blended learning activities. 

Moreover, personnel from the Department of Social Welfare and Development also gave away financial assistance as part of the national government’s efforts to alleviate the impacts of the pandemic on vulnerable sectors. 

The activity was conducted in batches and in strict observance of the relevant health protocols against COVID-19. 

In line with his commitment to inclusive health care for all, Go offered his help to any indigent beneficiary in need of medical care. He advised patients to visit the Malasakit Center at the Region 1 Medical Center in Dagupan City where they may avail further aid from the government. 

The Malasakit Center brings together all concerned agencies which offer medical assistance programs, namely the DSWD, Department of Health, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. 

The program, which Go first implemented during his stint as the Special Assistant to the President in 2018, has benefited over two million financially incapacitated patients nationwide. There are currently 118 Malasakit Centers throughout the country. 

“Ang Malasakit Center ay para sa lahat, lalo na ang mga poor at indigent patients. Lapitan niyo lang ito at nandiyan na ang apat na ahensya ng gobyerno na handang tumulong sa inyo para maging zero balance na ang billing niyo,” he explained.

"Batas na itong Malasakit Center dahil para sa amin ni Pangulo Rodrigo Duterte, hindi dapat pinahihirapan ang mga pasyente. Kundi dapat tinutulungan natin sila para hindi na sila pipila-pila sa iba’t ibang ahensya para humingi ng tulong,” added Go. 

The Senator also recognized efforts of local officials to help constituents during these unprecedented times. Among those present during the activities were 1st District Representative Arnold Celeste, Governor Amado Espino III, Vice Governor Mark Lambino, Mayor Arth Bryan Celeste, Vice Mayor Jose Antonio Perez, and former Mayor Arthur Celeste. 

He also acknowledged Councilors Apolonia Bacay, Carolyn Sison, Michelle Segundera, Joselito Fontelera, Cirilo Radoc, Verna de Leon, Oscar Boling, Froebel Ranoy, Dahlia de Leon, and Alfred de Castro; Association of Barangay Captains President Raul Bacay; and Sangguniang Kabataan Federation President Loverly Bernabe. 

To boost infrastructure development, Go supported the funding for the construction of concrete line canals along flood-prone areas in Alaminos City as well as the purchase of medical equipment for the dialysis center at the Western Pangasinan District Hospital.