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Mr. Malasakit delivers aid to vulnerable sectors in Llanera, Nueva Ecija as he encourages cooperation among the public to overcome the pandemic

May 14, 2021 - Friday 7:05 PM by MDM

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As the pandemic continues to threaten the livelihood of Filipinos nationwide, the Office of Senator Christopher “Bong” Go continues its commitment to help those in need of support by sending assistance to vulnerable sectors in Llanera, Nueva Ecija.

The beneficiaries were composed of solo parents, senior citizens, typhoon victims and residents seeking government assistance.

In a video message to the beneficiaries, Go reminded them to work together and cooperate with authorities to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 and ensure that lives and livelihoods are protected. 

“Sumunod tayo sa gobyerno. Magsuot ng mask at face shield, mag-social distancing, at maghugas ng kamay. Kung hindi naman kailangan, huwag munang lumabas ng bahay,” advised Go.

“Napatunayan po na (higit) 90% maiiwasan ang pagkahawa sa sakit na COVID-19 kapag naka-mask at face shield tayo,” he added.

On Tuesday, May 11, Go’s team provided meals, vitamins, masks, and face shields to a total of 332 beneficiaries. The activities were carried out in small batches at the Barangay Victoria Compound while also ensuring that participants strictly adhered to the health and safety protocols against COVID-19. 

Moreover, selected beneficiaries received new pairs of shoes while some were given bicycles for their daily traveling needs. Others were provided computer tablets, so their children can better access educational materials while studying at home. 

In addition to Go’s team, personnel from the Department of Social Welfare and Development also participated in the activity and handed out financial assistance to the residents. 

As Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Go reminded the recipients to prioritize their medical needs and seek assistance from the government if necessary.

He also advised the residents in need that they may conveniently avail of medical assistance from the Malasakit Centers nationwide, particularly those located at the Eduardo L. Joson Memorial Hospital and at the Dr. Paulino J. Garcia Memorial Research and Medical Center, both in Cabanatuan City.

The Senator primarily authored and sponsored the bill that eventually became the Malasakit Centers Act of 2019. The law brings under one office the government agencies from which Filipino patients may conveniently seek medical assistance, namely the Department of Health, DSWD, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. 

Concluding his message, Go recognized the local officials led by Governor Aurelio Umali, Vice Governor Doc Anthony Umali, Representative Mikki Violago, Mayor Ronnie Roy Pascual, and Vice Mayor Frank Natividad. He also acknowledged personnel from the various government agencies for their dedication and tireless efforts to serve the public.

He also shared some of the ongoing projects in Nueva Ecija which he helped push for funding, including the completion of the Dr. Paulino J. Garcia Memorial Research and Medical Center and the construction of the Evacuation Center at Manarog, Gen. M. Natividad, among others.