The Office of Senator Christopher “Bong” Go delivered assistance anew to victims of Typhoon Ulysses in the Rizal towns of Rodriguez on 26 November and San Mateo on 27 November.
The senator’s team previously distributed relief goods to a total of 4,833 typhoon victims in Rodriguez and San Mateo on 19, 20, 23 and 24 November.
During the second aid distributions, 1,480 more beneficiaries were given meals, food packs, masks, face shields, and vitamins. The distribution activities were carried out in strict compliance with necessary health and safety protocols to avoid the spread of COVID-19 and other diseases.
Go’s team also provided bicycles to selected recipients for their commute to work as public transportation remains limited due to the pandemic. Others were given tablets for their children’s use in online classes as part of their blended learning being implemented in schools.
For the sick or injured, he urged them to go to the nearest Malasakit Center located at the Antipolo City Hospital System Annex IV, Margarito Duavit Memorial Hospital in Binangonan, and Bagong Cainta Municipal Hospital in Cainta.
The Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop for getting medical subsidy from the different government agencies.
“Meron tayong Malasakit Center diyan sa Rizal, marami na po. Sa Binangonan, sa Antipolo, sa Cainta, at sa Marikina. Ang Malasakit Center po para ‘yan sa Pilipino, batas na po ‘yan. Ninety three na Malasakit Centers na po sa buong Pilipinas. Lapitan niyo lang po ang Malasakit Center, one-stop shop po ‘yan, nandidiyan ang apat na ahensya ng gobyerno na handang tumulong sa inyo,” said Go.
As part of the efforts of the government to help affected communities recover, personnel from the Department of Social Welfare and Development also distributed separate financial and relief assistance to the typhoon victims through their existing programs to aid individuals in crisis situations.
Given the frequency of natural disasters and calamities in the country, Go stressed the urgent need to pass his proposed Senate Bill 205 which seeks to create the Department of Disaster Resilience.
He said that the new department will provide faster government response to natural disasters and calamities, such as typhoons and earthquakes, by putting together all related agencies under a single department.