Former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go vowed to do whatever is necessary to pursue his crusade to extend assistance to victims of fires and other calamities in the country.
Go said that as he has stepped down from his government post, he would try his best to serve those who need help, even if he has to squeeze through narrow roads or travel to the remotest corner of the country.
“I am considered resigned and so I am now a private citizen. But I assure you, I will still find ways to reach and help you, even If I have to go through narrow pathways, I don’t care,” Go said during his dialogue with around 60 families affected by a fire that hit Sampaloc district in Manila last 7 November.
The fire started from a three-story house and burned down a total of 20 houses.
Go, together with some of his friends, gave the victims food packages and clothing, including school uniforms for children of the affected families.
He assured the victim he would serve as their bridge to the government and seek the help of concerned agencies like the National Housing Authority, the Department of Health, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation and the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office to provide them additional assistance.
“Many of my friends are also willing to help you. I told them that instead of buying non-essential items it would be better if they spend their money helping the poor and the needy. Even a little donation would go a long way to buy food and clothing for those who need them the most,” he said.
Earlier, Go said that as part of his legislative agenda he would focus on laws to improve disaster prevention and rehabilitation efforts. He noted, for instance, that many places in the country do not have proper evacuation centers.
“We will also seek to improve the laws on fire safety measures, provide more funds for the Bureau of Fire Protection so they can buy new equipment, and the construction of safe and strong evacuation centers,” he added.
Go also noted the Duterte administration has established various Malasakit centers nationwide that provide free medical assistance especially to indigent patients.
He was instrumental in pushing for the Malasakit Centers to make quality health care more accessible to Filipinos. There are currently fifteen (15) cities with existing Centers: Cebu, Tacloban, Iloilo, Bacolod, Puerto Princesa, Philippine General Hospital (PGH) in Manila, Maasin, Dumaguete, Davao, Pampanga, Tagbilaran, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Zamboanga and Legazpi.
The Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop program of President Duterte to hasten the delivery of medical services and give poor patients access to free medicine. A fast lane prioritizing the senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWD) is also available.
Before leaving, Go vowed he would continue to listen to the concerns of the common people and bring them to the attention of the President.
Meanwhile, Go also reminded on Wednesday policemen to remain loyal to the Philippine flag.
“President Rodrigo R. Duterte wants to remind our policemen not only to perform their job – to protect and serve the people – but be loyal to the Philippine flag,” Go said in an interview.