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Mr. Malasakit vows continuing gov’t support for fire victims as he sends aid to fire hit community in Rodriguez, Rizal

May 14, 2021 - Friday 12:05 PM by MDM

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After a fire broke out in Rodriguez, Rizal last May 6, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go assured the affected residents that the government is doing everything it can to help them safely recover. He encouraged them to cooperate with authorities by following the necessary health and safety protocols to overcome both the crisis caused by the fire, as well as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Mga kababayan, napakahirap ng pagsubok na ating pinagdadaanan bilang isang bansa. Mag-ingat tayo at sumunod sa mga patakaran bilang pagmamalasakit din sa ating kapwa,” Go began in a video message. 

“Hindi kakayanin ng gobyerno kung hindi tayo makikipagtulungan. Kailangan ang disiplina ng bawat tao upang mabilis at tuluyan nating malampasan ang mga pagsubok na ito bilang nagkakaisang mamamayang Pilipino,” he continued. 

Go’s team distributed financial assistance, meals, food packs, vitamins, masks, and face shields to a total of 12 families or 38 individuals at the Barangay San Jose Covered Court on Monday, May 10. Families were grouped into batches to ensure the necessary health and safety protocols were observed throughout the activity. One of the fire victims also received a bicycle from Go’s team. 

As Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Go further offered to assist residents with health-related concerns and advised them to visit their nearest Malasakit Center. 

The center is a one-stop shop which brings together the government agencies offering medical assistance in a single room. These agencies include the Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. 

To ensure every Filipino has access to health care, the Senator had authored and sponsored the bill that became Republic Act 11463 or the ‘Malasakit Centers Act of 2019’. 

A total of 110 Malasakit Centers have been established throughout the country so far, including at the Casimiro A. Ynares Sr. Memorial Hospital in Rodriguez, Antipolo City Hospital System Annex IV, Bagong Cainta Municipal Hospital, and Margarito A. Duavit Memorial Hospital in Binangonan, Rizal province.

“With the Malasakit Center Act in place, we are one step closer towards making health care accessible and affordable for all Filipinos, especially the indigent and poor patients who are most in need of medical assistance from the government,” continued Go. 

“Pera niyo ito. Ibinabalik lang namin ito sa inyo sa pamamagitan ng mabilis, maayos at maaasahang serbisyong medikal para sa lahat ng Pilipino,” he added.

To address the needs of the marginalized and vulnerable communities affected by disasters, personnel from the DSWD were likewise present to provide each household with separate financial assistance. The National Housing Authority also committed to provide housing assistance.

The Senator, in his message, went on to recognize the local officials, headed by Punong Barangay Glenn Evangelista, for their tireless service to their community.

To boost regional development, Go has supported the funding of several projects in Rizal, such as the improvement of road and drainage systems in Brgy. Macamot and Brgy. Isidro in Rodriguez and the construction of a new sports complex in nearby Taytay.

“Huwag kayong mag-alala dahil hindi kayo pababayaan ng gobyernong ito na nagmamalasakit sa inyo. Bilang Batangueño at adopted son ng CALABARZON region, tutulungan ko rin kayo sa abot ng aking makakaya,” he vowed.

In February of 2019, the governors of Cavite, Batangas, Laguna, Rizal and Quezon had issued a manifesto declaring the Senator, whose mother hails from the Tesoro clan of Batangas, an ‘adopted son of Region 4-A’.