Former Special Assistant to the President and 2019 senatorial candidate Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Sunday night reiterated the need to strengthen fire safety and prevention measures in the country.
“We have to strengthen our fire safety and prevention measures starting primarily with information campaigns so we can teach everyone on how to avoid these kinds of accidents,” Go said.
Go made his comment during his visit to fire victims at Barangay Manresa in Quezon City, were 100 houses were razed leaving 300 families homeless, five people injured and damaged P1 million worth in property.
“It’s almost everyday that we have fire incidents,” Go said. “Well, fires can be avoided but we need to remind the people so they can save lives, property and their livelihood.”
“This will be among my priorities in my legislative agenda if I will be given the opportunity to serve our people,” he said.
The former SAP also relayed that he will be requesting his former colleagues in government to request additional assistance for the fire victims from the National Housing Authority, Department of Health, Department of Social Works and Development and the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.
In addition, Bong Go will be donating uniforms so that students and employees affected by the fire could immediately go back to school and their offices respectively.
Meanwhile, Go also vowed to promote and protect the welfare of farmers.
Among others, Go said government could provide pension to old farmers who could no longer till land because of their advanced age. This, he said, could be funded by the tariffs collected from imported agricultural products.
“Government must have fund for our farmers’ pension,” Go said.
“I will help the government establish TienDA Malasakit Stores in different parts of the country,” Go said. “Through these stores, farmers can directly sell their goods to consumers.”
“I’d like to provide farmers easy access to farm inputs, such as machinery, fertilizers, seeds, irrigation and low-interest credit. I’d also like to provide our farmers with free business and skills training,” Go added.