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Residents young and old welcome Sen. Bong Go in Marinduque where he turned over the national government's assistance for Typhoon "Tisoy" victims in six towns on Thursday. (SBG Facebook)

More than 600 Dumaguete City residents who lost their homes to a fire two days before Valentine’s Day received financial and relief assistance from Senator Bong Go on Thursday.

Representatives of different government agencies also provided help to the victims in Purok Gumamela at Barangay Calindagan and who are temporarily housed at the gymnasium of Dumaguete City High School.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development, Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor, Department of Trade and Industry and National Housing Authority distributed assistance like livelihood package and housing materials.

Go also assured students they will be provided with uniforms and school supplies so as not to disrupt their schooling while those in need of medical services can count on the Malasakit Center at the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital.

“Kapag meron kayong pasyente dito sa Dumaguete na hindi kayang gamutin o operahan dito, sabihan niyo lang ang mga opisyal dito at ako na ang sasalo sa Manila. Ako na ang magpapa-opera at maghahanap ng tirahan doon,” Go said.

Malasakit Centers streamline financial and medical assistances from the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, Department of Health, DSWD and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.

“Noon, ubos na ang inyong pamasahe, ubos pa ang inyong oras kakahingi ng tulong gayong pera naman ninyo ang hinihingi ninyo. Ngayon, sa loob ng ospital, nandiyan na ang Malasakit Center. Nandiyan na ang apat na ahensiya ng gobyerno,” explained Go.

“Mag-aambag-ambag sila, at kung may balanse sa bill ninyo, may pondong galing kay Pangulong Duterte dahil zero balance ang target ng Malasakit Center.”

Go also reported the ongoing construction of a new building at the Dumaguete City HS to replace the one razed by a fire on June 2019.

“Malapit na ‘yun. Lagi ko ‘yang pina-follow up. Matagal talaga ang gobyerno sa proseso. Minsan nakakapanghina ng loob sa tagal. Ang daming kailangan daanan. Kaya nagagalit minsan si Pangulong Duterte sa tagal ng proseso, sa paglagay ng pondo, pag-bidding. Matapos na lang ang isang school year,” Go said.

“Pero pangako namin ‘yan noon na mabigyan ng pondo ang paaralan ninyo rito at mapalitan ang classroom na nasunog, para mabigyan natin ng magandang building ang ating mga estudyante.”

Solemn duty

In his message to the Dumaguete fire victims, Go emphasized that it is his duty as a legislator and public servant to visit his countrymen in times of need in order to listen to their concerns and provide solutions to their daily struggles—whatever the distance.

“Trabaho namin sa Senado ang legislation, constituency at representation. Hindi naman lahat ng mga Pilipino ang makakapunta ng opisina namin para humingi ng tulong. Kaya kami na ang bababa sa inyo at pakinggan ang inyong mga hinaing at makapagbigay ng solusyon sa inyong mga problema,” he said.

“Trabaho po namin na magserbisyo sa bawat Pilipino, at gaya ng ipinangako ko noon, kahit saang sulok kayo ng Pilipinas ay pupuntahan ko po kayo hanggang kaya ng aking oras at katawan.”

Marinduque visit

Prior to Dumaguete City, Go was in Marinduque to turn over calamity assistance from the national government to the province’s six towns hit by Typhoon “Tisoy” in December—Buenavista, Boac, Gasan, Torrijos, Sta. Cruz and Mogpog.

Local officials witnessed the turnover of check donations and the DSWD’s Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation program.

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