Bong Go provides aid to recovering tornado victims in Oton, Iloilo

After joining the Dinagyang festivities in Iloilo City, Sen. Bong Go and his team on Saturday, 21 January, visited the town of Oton in Iloilo province to provide assistance to recovering tornado victims.

“Kung ano man pong tulong ang maaari kong mabigay, nandito lang ako at tutulong ako sa inyo sa abot ng aking makakaya,” Go reassured.

In his message, Go, who heads the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, stressed the importance of expanding and improving the country’s healthcare system to ensure that the most marginalized sectors have convenient access to the medical services they need.

For this reason, Go highlighted that medical assistance programs are conveniently accessible through the four Malasakit Centers in the province, located at Western Visayas Medical Center and West Visayas State University Medical Center, both in Iloilo City; Don Jose D. Monfort Medical Center Extension Hospital in Barotac Nuevo; and Western Visayas Sanitarium and General Hospital in Sta. Barbara.

“Kung mayroon kayong pasyente na nangangailangan ng tulong, mayroon na tayong 154 na Malasakit Center sa buong Pilipinas na handang tumulong sa inyo,” Go shared.

“Kung mayroon kayong pasyente na kailangan ng tulong, operasyon sa puso ‘wag n’yo ng patagalin. Ipa-check na kaaagad,” he added.

Go shared that the Malasakit Centers program started when he witnessed the struggles of financially incapacitated families in seeking medical assistance. This prompted him to initiate the said program and later principally authored and sponsored Republic Act No. 11463, which institutionalized the program.

Held at the Oton National High School covered court, Go and his team provided assistance to 248 families who were victims of a tornado which slammed Iloilo City and Oton on January 3, causing damage to a number of homes in both areas. They distributed grocery packs, vitamins, masks, meals and shirts.

Meanwhile, select beneficiaries also received bicycles, cellular phones, shoes, and balls for basketball and volleyball.

Representatives from the DSWD likewise extended financial assistance to help the affected residents with their daily necessities.


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