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Go assists fire victims in Manila

February 11, 2020 - Tuesday 6:02 PM by MDM

Article Banner Image Senator Christopher Lawrence Go interacts with fire victims at the Baseco Compound, Port Area, Manila. Contributed photo

Senator Christopher Lawrence Go on Monday gave aid to 1,211 families composed of 4,255 individuals affected by a fire that razed 200 houses on February 4 at Baseco Compound, Port Area.

Aside from relief and financial assistance, Go also offered to provide for the uniforms and various school supplies of the affected students.

“May dala po akong konting tulong sa inyo. Sa mga estudyante rin na nandito na nasunugan ng gamit, ako na ang magbibigay ng school supplies para sa inyo,” he said. 

Aside from the assistance provided by Go, the victims also received various forms of government assistance from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP) and National Housing Authority (NHA). Local officials were also present during the visit. 

“‘Yung mga national government agencies natin, mayroon din silang ibibigay na tulong sa inyo,” he said.

Go also explained the concept of the Malasakit Center program to the residents, saying it aims to cut time, money, and effort spent by Filipinos just to seek government financial and medical assistance.

With the medical assistance programs coming from the four participating agencies already available in the Malasakit Center, Go also mentioned that the target is to reduce the hospital bills of indigent and poor patients to the lowest possible amount. 

“Zero balance billing ang target po natin dito,” he said. 

The Senator also extended help to those who need to undergo medical operations.

In an interview with reporters after the distribution of aid, Go said he is happy with the preparations undertaken by health officials and concerned agencies who worked for the successful repatriation of 32 Filipinos who sought to return to the country from China amid the 2019 novel coronavirus (nCoV) outbreak.

“Ok naman ang preparasyon natin. Naintindihan naman ng tao after magsalita ng Pangulo at health officials. Maraming naliwanagan,” he said.

“Sa preparasyon naman sa pagbalik ng overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), nasunod naman ang protocol. Sundin lang natin. Have patience. Kalma lang tayo. ‘Wag tayong magpanic para walang madamay. ‘Wag tayong mag-spread ng fake news,” he added.