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Typhoon victims in Hagonoy, Bulacan receive aid from Bong Go as he assures continuing commitment to aid disaster-hit Filipinos

November 21, 2020 - Saturday 2:11 PM by MDM

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After Typhoon Ulysses brought heavy rains to the town, the Office of Senator Christopher “Bong” Go delivered assistance to typhoon victims in Hagonoy, Bulacan on Saturday, November 7. This is the fourth activity carried out by his office for typhoon victims in the province after the nearby towns of Bocaue, Calumpit and Marilao were also aided early in the week. 

“Gusto ko talagang pumunta sa inyo, gusto ko kayong makahalubilo, kaya lang po may mga trabaho rin tayong kailangan gampanan tulad ng budget interpellations na ginaganap sa Senado ngayon. Ang aking mga staff ay patuloy pong umiikot, patuloy pong nagbibigay ng tulong sa inyo sa abot po ng aming makakaya,” Go said during his video message to the residents.

Six hundred and fifty families were given meals, food packs, masks, face shields, and vitamins in a distribution activity held at the Hagonoy Municipal Covered Court in Hagonoy. The distribution activity was carried out in strict compliance with necessary health and safety protocols to avoid the spread of COVID-19 and other diseases.

“Mayroon rin po akong ipinadala sa inyong mga mask at tsaka face shield, pakiusap lang po, suotin n’yo po ito dahil delikado pa po ang panahon. At kung maaari po, huwag munang lumabas ng bahay dahil delikado po, parating maghugas ng kamay at mag-social distancing po,” Go reminded them.

“Sumunod tayo sa mga patakaran dahil delikado pa po ang panahon. Para naman po sa kapakanan ninyo ang ginagawa ng gobyerno,” he added.

He also assured them that the government will prioritize the poor and vulnerable sectors once a COVID-19 vaccine has been certified and guaranteed safe and effective.

“Uunahin namin ni Pangulong Duterte ang mga frontliners, mga mahihirap at mga vulnerable para makabalik na po tayo sa ating normal na pamumuhay,” he assured them.

Go’s team also provided bicycles to chosen recipients for their commute to work as public transportation remains limited due to the pandemic. Others were given tablets for their children’s use in online classes as part of their blended learning being implemented in schools. 

“Mayroon rin po akong ipinadalang tablets po, magagamit po ‘yan ng estudyante sa eskwela. ‘Yan po ang tablet…Pakiusap po sa mga bata, mag-aral kayong mabuti, ‘yan lang po ang maigaganti natin sa ating mga magulang, ang makapagtapos kayo ng pag-aaral, konsuwelo na po nila ‘yan,” he said.

Personnel from the Department of Social Welfare and Development also distributed separate financial and relief assistance to the typhoon victims through their existing programs to aid individuals in crisis situations.

 Additionally, the Department of Trade and Industry will provide livelihood packages for qualified beneficiaries under its Pangkabuhayan sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa program. 

Marjorie Umali, one of the residents assisted by Go and government agencies, expressed her gratitude to the Senator, saying that his aid will go a long way in helping her two children and family get through their current plight.

During the visit, Go also urged residents with medical concerns to go to the nearest Malasakit Center located at the Bulacan Medical Center in Malolos City, and Rogaciano M. Mercado Memorial Hospital in Sta. Maria to seek government medical assistance. 

The Senator explained that the Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop where government agencies with medical assistance programs are under one roof to help poor and indigent patients. 

“Batas na po ito ngayon kung saan po meron tayong Malasakit Centers sa lahat ng mga DOH-run hospitals. Iisang kwarto lang po at andyan na ang apat na ahensya ng gobyerno, ang PhilHealth, DOH, PCSO, at DSWD,” he said.

Despite the ongoing pandemic, the Senator continues to reach out and extend much needed relief to Filipinos in crisis situations, especially those affected by the recent typhoons.

“Kami ni Pangulong Duterte, sa abot ng aming makakaya ay magseserbisyo kami sa inyo. At mahal na mahal po namin ang aming kapwa Pilipino,” Go told the typhoon victims.

 

 

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