Go has eyes for indigenous people

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Former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Friday said he would like to strengthen the support provided by government to indigenous people through the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP).

Saying there is a clamor from IP to amend Executive Order 115 s. 2002 authorizing payment of death benefits to barangay officials who die during their term of office, Go said there is a need to look into the needs of the IP who are close to President Duterte’s heart.

“Unfortunately, the IP Mandatory Representatives (IPMR) to the barangays are not covered by the benefits since the EO covers only punong barangay, seven barangay kagawads, SK president as ex-officio member, barangay kagawad, secretary and treasurer who die during their term of office,” Go said.

Go was in Pampanga with a group of President Duterte’s supporters who brought more than 40 doctors from Metro Manila to give free checkups and medical advice to the indigenous tribe Aeta last Friday.

Aetas from different parts of Central Luzon gathered at the ASEAN Convention Center in Clark Freeport Zone for the event that also included the oathtaking ceremony of the officers of Alyansa ng Katutubong Ayta ng Pilipinas.

Go graced the occasion as guest of honor upon the invitation of Emilie Garcia who spearheaded the event. Garcia is the chairperson of the Brave Women of Digong and the chairperson for Pampanga of Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte-National Executive Coordinating Council.

In his message, Go shared the success of the Malasakit Center project and how it can help indigenous peoples and indigent Filipinos.

“To improve the health of our citizenry, I am pushing for the establishment of more Malasakit Centers. The Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop where quality healthcare services are made accessible to everyone especially those in need,” said Go, who is running for senator in the 2019 elections.

There is a clamor from IP to amend Executive Order 115 s. 2002 authorizing payment of death benefits to barangay officials who die during their term of office.

Malasakit Centers established in government hospitals houses together various government agencies, such as the DoH, DSWD, Philhealth, PAGCOR and PCSO to make it easier for indigent and disadvantaged patients to avail themselves of medical and financial assistance from the government.

Go played a crucial role in the establishment of Malasakit Centers when he was still President Duterte’s top aide. He revealed that more Malasakit Centers will be built in other areas of the country.

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