Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go continued his visit in the city of Mandaue by proceeding to two more barangays to provide assistance to Cebuanos who lost their homes and properties due to fire incidents.
This came after he went to Cebu City to bring assistance to fire victims in Brgys. Barrio Luz, Kasambagan, Duljo Fatima and T-Padilla in neighboring Cebu City, and then witnessed the launch of the country’s 66th Malasakit Center in Eversley Childs Sanitarium and General Hospital on Tuesday, 25 February in Mandaue City.
The senator went to Barangays Centro and Tabok to distribute relief assistance to a total of 358 families comprising of 1,215 individuals whose houses were burned down. Go provided food, groceries and financial assistance for each family.
“May dala akong tulong sa inyo. May dala akong pagkain at financial assistance sa inyong lahat. Sinisigurado kong lahat ng pamilyang nandirito ay makakatanggap ng financial assistance,” Go said.
In addition, Go also offered to provide new sets of uniforms and school supplies for students who have lost theirs in the incident.
“Sa mga estudyante ritong nawalan din ng kanilang gamit, ako na ang bahala sa inyong uniporme at school supplies para makabalik kayo kaagad sa inyong klase,” Go said.
According to Go, students must immediately return to school and never miss any more of their classes because of the incident. For him, education is very important and fire accidents should not hinder their academic growth.
Joining Go were representatives of concerned government agencies which also distributed relief assistance to the fire victims. They were from the Department of Health (DoH), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) and PhilHealth. The National Housing Authority (NHA) also provided housing assistance to the fire victims.
DSWD distributed financial assistance, hygiene kits, mosquito net and malong for the fire victims. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) also offered livelihood assistance to some of them.
Go also reminded those present to look after their children, especially those playing with flammable products to avoid accidents in the future.
“Ika-anim na siguro itong barangay na nasunog na pinuntahan ko ngayon. Ingat kayo lalo na sa mga bata, huwag kayong maglaro-laro. Para sa akin, mahirap mawalan ng ari-arian nang dahil sa sunog. Halos maubos na ang lahat ngunit huwag din kayong mawalan ng pag-asa basta’t magtulungan tayong lahat,” Go said.
“Ang importante, walang nasaktan, walang namatay dahil ang gamit, nabibili pero hindi ang buhay. Andito ang gobyerno para tumulong sa inyo. Ang buhay ay isang beses ka lang dadaan sa mundo,” the Senator added.
To help the fire victims in their medical needs, Go also shared about the Malasakit Center program, which just opened its 66th branch also in Mandaue City.
“Mga kapatid, may Malasakit Center na tayo. Hindi na kayo mahihirapan pang maghanap ng medical at financial assistance dahil nasa iisang bubong na ang DoH, DSWD, PhilHealth at PCSO,” he said.
“Kung noon ay magpapakapagod kayo sa paglilipat-lipat ng opisina, pagpila at pagsulat ng iba’t ibang forms, sa Malasakit Center ay iisa na lang,” Go explained citing the Malasakit Centers in Cebu province as examples, particularly in Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center and in Eversley Childs Sanitarium and General Hospital.
He further told the fire victims that the Malasakit Center is a program of the national government to give better access to quality healthcare for all Filipinos.
“Pera niyo po ito. Ibinabalik lang sa inyo sa pamamagitan ng mabilis, maayos at maaasahang serbisyong medikal para sa lahat ng Pilipino,” he explained.
Meanwhile, Go assured the public that he will continue going to communities around the country, visiting every street and nook, just to help people who are in need. He said that engaging with the people should not be only done during elections but, most especially, in times of need.
“Marami na ang nagtanong sa akin kung bakit ako umiikot sa buong bansa. Ang sabi ko, ‘Hindi lamang eleksyon ang panahon para umikot, ngayon dapat dahil kailangan ng mga tao ang serbisyo’,” Go said.
The senator said not everyone who need help could go to Manila and visit his office to ask for assistance. Instead, the senator told the fire victims that he chooses to get out of his office in the Senate and visit those who need government attention the most.
“Galing akong Cebu City para tulungan ang mga nasunugan sa apat na barangay doon. Pagkatapos naman ay dumeretso ako sa Eversley Childs Sanitarium and General Hospital para sa Malasakit Center opening doon. Nandito naman ako para sa inyo dahil gusto kong magbigay ng kaligayahan sa oras ng inyong pagdadalamhati,” Go told fire victims who were staying at temporary evacuation centers.
“Lahat ng tao sa mundo ay mahilig sa bisyo. Ang aking bisyo ay magserbisyo sa tao. Sa lahat ng nasunugan, huwag kayong mawalan ng pag-asa. Basta’t buhay tayo, may pag-asa. Masarap mabuhay sa mundo. Gusto ko lamang ay magtulungan tayong lahat at hindi magsiraan. Magmahalan tayo,” he ended.