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Storm surge victims in Sultan Kudarat receive aid from Bong Go’s office

October 23, 2020 - Friday 12:10 PM by MDM

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Senator Christopher “Bong” Go extended assistance to the victims of a storm surge incident at Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat, some of whom were forced to evacuate their homes due to the water that swept through their area. 

An outreach team from the Senator’s office met with residents and carried out the distribution activity on Thursday, October 22 while strictly complying with health protocols. The incident occurred on September 15.

His team distributed meals, food packs, medicines, masks and face shields to a total of 77 families or 275 individuals affected by the incident. Two families with missing relatives were also provided with financial assistance.

Select beneficiaries also received bicycles while others with children were given tablets for students to use for education purposes. 

The Senator offered further assistance to beneficiaries who required medical treatment, and urged those with hospital bills to avail of medical and financial assistance at their local Malasakit Center at the Sultan Kudarat Provincial Hospital in the provincial capital town of Isulan, or from Malasakit Centers in nearby General Santos City and Maguindanao. 

“Itinaguyod po ang mga Malasakit Centers para makatulong sa mga may kailangan ng gamot at pampagamot. Para po sa lahat ng mga Pilipino iyan. Mayroon na tayong 87 Malasakit Centers sa buong bansa na handang magserbisyo sa inyo,” he said. 

Go further urged the residents not to hesitate to approach his office should they need immediate help or other forms of assistance. 

“Huwag po kayong mag-atubiling lumapit sa amin ni Pangulong Duterte dahil trabaho po namin ang mag serbisyo sa inyo. Magtulungan lang po tayo dahil hindi po namin kayo pababayaan. Sa ating bayanihan at pagmamalasakit sa kapwa, malalampasan natin ang mga pagsubok na ito,” he said. 

“Huwag ninyo po akong tawaging Senador, tawagin niyo lang po akong ‘Kuya Bong Go’ na handa pong magserbisyo sa inyo kahit anumang panahon, kahit saan mang parte kayo ng bansa. Bisyo ko po ay ang magserbisyo sa kapwa kong Pilipino,” Go added. 

Personnel from the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Labor and Employment, National Housing Authority, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, and local Social Welfare and Development Office also extended additional assistance to the storm surge victims. Meanwhile, the Department of Social Welfare and Development conducted an assessment and validation to identify possible recipients of their social programs.