Senator Christopher “Bong” Go has called for compassion and solidarity amid the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Go made the call during a video call on Tuesday while his staff were delivering essential to some resident at the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional office in Cebu City.
He encouraged communities to show compassion for the poor and vulnerable sectors and extend any form of assistance to their neighbors who may be going through tough times as a result of the crisis.
“Let’s help one another. We can do this! Who else will help us but ourselves,” he said in vernacular.
Go reiterated his vow that the poor will get priority for vaccination against the coronavirus.
“Let’s just wait until the vaccine is available, the poor will be the first to be vaccinated so that they can return to their normal lives,” he said.
He added that it is the wish of President Rodrigo Duterte for lives to return to the old normal where Filipinos can hug each other.
Go said he sent his staff to Cebu after learning that some residents failed to get their share if the social amelioration program.
“There is a program that provides immediate cash and food pack so we coordinated with the Department of Social Welfare and Development,” he said.
Forty-seven beneficiaries were provided with meals, food packs, and vitamins. They were also given medical-grade and reusable masks and face shields to encourage everyone to do their part to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
In addition, select residents from the poorest sections of the community were gifted with bicycles so they can commute to work.
Representatives from the DSWD also handed cash aid and additional food packs to the residents through its AICS program.
The event was held in compliance with the necessary guidelines for outdoor gatherings.
As chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Go reminded everyone of the importance of following health and safety rules and protocols to keep themselves and everyone else safe.
“Wear masks, face shields, observe social distancing and avoid getting out of their houses if not necessary. Always wash your hands. I also sent medicines,” the senator told the beneficiaries.
He offered assistance to beneficiaries who need medical treatment.
Go urged others to visit any of the five Malasakit Centers in the province: Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center and St. Anthony Mother and Child Hospital in Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City District Hospital in Lapu-Lapu City, Eversley Childs Sanitarium and General Hospital in Mandaue City, and Talisay District Hospital in Talisay City.
The Malasakit center is a one-stop shop wherein people may directly apply for medical and financial assistance from various government agencies, namely the DSWD, Department of Health, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.