Go spreads love on Father’s Day, visits fire victims in Bacolod City
June 17, 2019 - Monday 4:06 AM by MDMSenator-elect Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go is mobbed by children in Bacolod City.
Senator-elect Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Sunday rushed to visit and provide assistance to individuals and families affected by fire in Bacolod City as his own way of celebrating Father’s Day.
As Go visited the affected individuals, he promised to treat the children and their fathers to a small celebration for Father’s Day.
“Binabati ko ang lahat ng ama ng tahanan. Ito ‘yung araw na sinasabi ko na sana makabawi naman tayo sa ating mga ama, o mga anak. Kagaya nga ng sinabi ko sa mga nasunugan dito, ipasyal niyo po ang inyong mga anak at bilang isa ring ama sagot ko na ang pagtreat sa kanila,” Go said in an interview.
Fire had hit Purok Kagaykay, Barangay 2 in Bacolod City on June 10, 2019, affecting around 1,200 individuals.
Go brought with him assistance from various government agencies and private entities.
“Mayroon po ako dalang tulong mula sa pribado, cash assistance at saka grocery. At ang pinakaimportante dito, kasama natin ang mga kasamahan ko sa gobyerno noon katulad ng DSWD, DOH, PAGCOR, PCSO, NHA, PCUP para tumulong sa inyo. Nandito rin ang DTI para magbigay ng livelihood sa inyo at ang local government para tumulong sa inyong agarang pagbangon,” he said.
He also provided school supplies and uniforms donated by private individuals to the students affected by the fire so they can go back to school as soon as possible.
Aside from providing help to fire survivors, Go joined tricycle operators and drivers (TODA) in a “boodle fight” in celebration of Father’s Day. He ate home-cooked food with them, traded stories, and expressed solidarity with them in trying to earn a decent living to provide a better future for their families.
“Ipagpapatuloy at papalakasin natin ang laban upang matigil ang korapsyon, kriminalidad, at iligal na droga sa bansa. Bilang mga ama, nais natin maprotektahan ang ating mga pamilya at mabigyan ng mas magandang kinabukasan ang ating mga anak,” he said.
The senator-elect said he will push for measures to address problems of informal settlers and provide affordable houses for all, especially the poor and homeless.
“Kailangan din nating mas lalong pagbutihin ang ating mga programa para sa mga nangangailangan ng mura at disenteng bahay. We need a long term affordable housing program,” he said.
Go said housing intervention should be pursued nationwide so that each Filipino family will have a own roof over their heads.
“Isa sa gusto kong isulong ang magkaroon ng long-term housing roadmap o plano upang matugunan natin ang 6.5-milyong kakulangan sa pabahay sa susunod na mga taon. Wala na dapat squatter sa sariling bayan,” he said.
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