Kuya Bong comforts Quiapo fire victims

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Bong’s formula Former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, shown here being mobbed by supporters in Mindoro, says the key to rural development is heightened economic activities from Metro Manila to the countrysides. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Sunday comforted 52 families which lost their houses and belongings in a fire in Barangay 385, Zone 39 in Quiapo, Manila.

Go, who came from a visit to Mindoro Occidental, urged the fire victims to avail of government assistance through the “Malasakit Centers,” a one-stop shop of government instrumentalities helping the poor.

Taking his time to talk with pedicab drivers in Quiapo, Go urged those hooked on illegal drugs to seek government assistance to get into a rehabilitation program.

In Mindoro, Go said the key to the advancement and development of the nation is for Filipinos to unite and work together in support of President Rodrigo Duterte’s programs and agenda.

“We must unite and work together so that the programs of our President can be implemented efficiently,” Go said as he graced with his presence the People’s Day of the League of Municipalities of Philippines in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro and Socorro, Oriental Mindoro.

The League of Municipalities is an organization of all the municipalities in the country represented by their mayors. It is organized into provincial and national chapters.

Go said that like President Duterte, he is also pushing for rural development through the improvement of infrastructure and healthcare in the provinces.

“President Duterte wants progress in the entire Philippines and not just in Metro Manila. This is why he wants commerce to flow fast towards far-flung areas,” he said in Filipino.

Go heralded the construction of a “super bridge” that will link Mindoro Island to the Province of Batangas, thereby improving mobility and increasing economic activities in the region.

He also cited the recently constructed 365 lineal-meter Lisap Bridge, which connects two barangays in the innermost part of Bongabong, Oriental Mindoro.

Go was cited by President Duterte for being “instrumental in his arriving at the right decision through proper consultation” when he decided to put up Malasakit Centers nationwide.

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