Bong Go aids flood victims in Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental

Sen. Bong Go and his team personally provided assistance to thousands of flood victims in Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental on Thursday, 19 January.

In his message during the visit, the senator has once again stressed the importance of having adaptive and disaster-resilient communities.

He continues to push for stronger coping mechanisms that would effectively and safely address disaster-related incidents in the Philippines, especially as the country’s geographical location makes it more prone to weather disturbances.

He reiterated his push for his proposed bills which seek to create the Department of Disaster Resilience and require the establishment of mandatory evacuation centers in every province, city, and municipality.

Senate Bill No. 188 or the proposed Disaster Resilience Act aims to create a Cabinet secretary-level department that will be focused on developing and implementing holistic measures that would improve the government’s capability to efficiently respond to calamities and other disasters.

Meanwhile, SBN 193, or the proposed Mandatory Evacuation Center Act, aims to ensure that disaster victims will have temporary shelters that will guarantee their safety and welfare while they recover and rebuild their lives.

“Hindi po ako titigil sa pagsulong ng mga panukalang batas na ito. Alam naman natin na halos palagi tayong tinatamaan ng mga bagyo at kung ano pa pong disasters. Napapanahon na po na magkaroon tayo ng Department of Disaster Resilience, isang departamentong nakatutok talaga,” Go stressed.

“Pati rin po itong mandatory evacuation centers, kailangan na kailangan po natin nito. Merong maayos na evacuation center sa bawat munisipyo, siyudad at probinsya na meron pong maayos na comfort room, sanitation, at higaan para komportable naman po sila habang hindi pa nakakauwi sa kanilang mga pamamahay. ‘Yan po ang isinusulong kong mandatory evacuation center,” he added.

Held at the Bayfront Arena, Go and his team handed out food packs, meals, vitamins, shirts and masks to 2,563 flood victims. They also provided select individuals bicycles, cellular phones, shoes, watches, caps, and balls for basketball and volleyball.

In addition, the Department of Social Welfare and Development extended financial assistance to the affected families.


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