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Go witnesses handover of aid to typhoon Ursula victims in Biliran

January 31, 2020 - Friday 6:01 PM by MDM

Article Banner Image Senator Christopher Lawrence Go interacts with residents of Biliran who were affected by typhoon Ursula. Contributed photo

Senator Christopher Lawrence  Go on Thursday, January 30, witnessed the handover of calamity assistance from the Office of the President (OP) to the province of Biliran and eight of its municipalities that were hit by typhoon Ursula in December 2019.

The OP, represented by Director Jone Rechie L. Gigayon from the Office of the Deputy Executive Secretary for Finance and Administration, issued checks to the province and the municipalities of Almeria, Biliran, Cabucgayan, Caibiran, Culaba, Kawayan, Maripipi, and Naval to aid in the recovery and rehabilitation of the affected areas.

The mayors of the said municipalities received the checks on behalf of their respective local government units at the Capitol Civic Center, Barangay Calumpang at the provincial capital town of Naval.

Aside from the financial assistance from the OP, Go also distributed relief assistance to the residents. Concerned government agencies, such as the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the National Housing Authority (NHA) were also present during the event to provide additional assistance to the affected residents.

DSWD provided financial aid to the residents through its Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) program, while the NHA offered housing assistance as part of its Emergency Housing Assistance Program (EHAP). 

During his speech, Go thanked the people of Biliran for their support to the Duterte administration and to himself. "Maraming salamat po sa inyong naging suporta sa akin... Ngayon po, handa akong magserbisyo sa inyo."

He also shared with them some legislative measures which have been signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte. These include the postponement of Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections, the Malasakit Center Act of 2019, and the Salary Standardization Law (SSL) 5 of 2019.

Explaining his reason for backing the postponement of the Barangay and SK elections, Go said village officials should be given enough time to implement their programs.

Now that pay hike for government workers has also been signed by the President through the SSL 5, Go urged them to continue serving the interest of the Filipino people.

"'Yung SSL 5, pirmado na po ni Pangulong Duterte. Basta unahin po ninyo ang interes ng mga Pilipino," he added.

He also shared with the audience the rationale behind institutionalizing the Malasakit Center initiative.

“Mas mapapabilis na po ang pag-request ninyo ng government assistance sa tulong ng mga Malasakit Center, lalo na sa mga mahihirap nating kababayan," he said.

Republic Act (RA) 11463, otherwise known as the "Malasakit Center Act of 2019,” provides for the establishment of Malasakit Centers in 73 hospitals that are run by the Department of Health (DOH) all over the country and in the Philippine General Hospital in Manila.

The Malasakit center consolidates the medical and financial assistance that patients may apply for from four government agencies, namely, the DOH, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).