Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Friday visited Tacloban City to assist the fire victims in the area recently.
After attending the groundbreaking ceremony for the housing construction project for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda in Tanauan, Leyte and candle lighting ceremony commemorating the tragedy, the senator went straight to Tacloban and brought groceries, food packs and financial assistance, and distributed them to the 49 families affected by the fire incident that occurred in Brgy. 37 of Seawall Area on 2 November.
Go also told the crowd that he will help provide uniforms and school supplies for students who were affected by the fire. The senator was with representatives from the different government agencies were also present to provide additional assistance to the fire victims.
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) representatives offered livelihood assistance while the National Housing Authority (NHA) extended housing assistance to the qualified victims.
President Rodrigo Duterte’s former top aide also encouraged those who need medical assistance to go to the nearest Malasakit Center to seek government aid.
He noted that while another Malasakit Center is set to be established in Leyte, he encouraged the residents to utilize the first one built at Eastern Visayas Medical Center where they can avail of medical assistance from government agencies, like Department of Health (DoH), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) and PhilHealth.
Go also said that the Malasakit Center Act of 2019 is nearing approval in the Senate and will hopefully become a law soon to institutionalize it and serve more Filipinos in need of medical assistance.
He stressed that he seeks to institutionalize and set criteria for the establishment of Malasakit Centers to ensure that these centers are properly staffed so that concerned agencies are represented and are functioning properly to help every Filipino in need of medical assistance even beyond the term of the President.