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Recovery efforts in Surigao del Norte continue as Bong Go sends more aid to Typhoon Auring victims in Socorro town

April 17, 2021 - Saturday 5:04 PM by MDM

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To help disaster-hit Filipinos recover from the recent calamity, the Office of Senator Christopher “Bong” Go provided assistance to 50 Typhoon Auring victims in Socorro, Surigao del Norte on Wednesday, April 14. 

The Senator’s team provided meals, food packs, medicines, vitamins, masks, and face shields to the beneficiaries who were severely hit by the massive flooding caused by the heavy rains brought by Typhoon Auring in February. 

“Sana ay nasa mabuti kayong kalagayan. Alam kong mahirap ang panahon ngayon dahil nasa pandemya pa po tayo, ito pong COVID-19. At ngayon, tinamaan pa kayo ng baha noong nagdaan na buwan dahil sa bagyo pero magtulungan lang po tayo. Sino lang ba ang magtutulungan kung di kapwa natin Pilipino. Malalampasan natin ito basta magkaisa lang tayong lahat,” Go said in a video message. 

The distribution activity, held at the Socorro Municipal Gym, was carried out in batches and in strict compliance with the health and safety protocols against COVID-19. 

Selected beneficiaries were also given new pairs of shoes. Another beneficiary was also provided with a bicycle, an alternative and convenient mode of transportation amid the pandemic. A selected recipient was also given a computer tablet for his child’s use while studying at home under the blended learning approach. 

One of the beneficiaries, Cherryme Dingding, expressed her gratitude to Go and the government agencies present during the event for all the assistance she received.

“Talagang malaki ang tuwa ko dahil sa natanggap namin na assistance. Hindi naman para sa akin lang ito, pero para sa aking anak,” she said.

“Salamat sa ating mahal na Senador Bong Go at sa lahat ng mga ahensya ng gobyerno natin na hindi talaga kami pinabayaan,” she added. 

As Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Go reminded beneficiaries to take the necessary precautions against COVID-19 and to strengthen their immune system as protection for themselves and their loved ones.

Go also advised beneficiaries to properly wear masks and face shields, observe social distancing, wash their hands frequently, and stay at home as much as possible.

Go also urged beneficiaries to visit the nearest Malasakit Center located at the Caraga Regional Hospital in Surigao City to seek medical assistance for their health concerns and hospital needs.

The Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop where the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Health, PhilHealth, and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office are housed under one roof to help poor and indigent patients settle their hospital and other medical bills. 

As part of the government’s ongoing efforts to assist those affected by calamities, representatives of the DSWD provided separate financial assistance to the beneficiaries. The Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Labor and Employment also validated potential beneficiaries for their livelihood and employment programs, respectively.

Go also thanked the local government officials, through the leadership of Mayor Felizardo Galanida, for their untiring support and assistance to their constituents, especially in times of need.

“Ating tatandaan, minsan lang po tayo dadaan sa mundong ito. Kung ano pong kabutihan ang pwede nating maitulong sa kapwa tao natin ay gawin na natin dahil hindi na po tayo babalik sa mundong ito,” said Go.

On the same day, Go’s team also visited the towns of Dapa and San Benito where they distributed similar assistance to around 530 residents also affected by Typhoon Auring.