Senator Christopher “Bong” Go gave assistance to flood victims in San Francisco and Talacogon towns, Agusan del Sur on Wednesday, 30 December after the devastation brought by Typhoon Vicky in the province.
Go’s team provided food packs, masks, face shields, vitamins, medicine packs, and free meals to a total of 1,000 beneficiaries during two separate distribution activities held at the respective municipal evacuation centers of San Francisco and Talacogon.
The distribution activities were done in compliance with necessary health and safety protocols to avoid the spread of COVID-19 and other diseases.
Some selected beneficiaries were also provided bicycles that they could use to commute to work given the limited public transportation options due to the pandemic. Others were given tablets to help their children in the blended learning set-up being implemented in schools.
“Nakikiusap ako sa inyo mga kabataan. Mag-aral kayo nang mabuti dahil iyan lamang ang puhunan natin dito sa mundo – ang edukasyon. Kapag nakapagtapos kayo ng pag-aaral, magiging masaya ang ating mga magulang at iyan lang ang pakunswelo natin sa kanila na halos nagpapakamatay magtrabaho para lang makapagtapos kayo ng pag-aaral,” Go said.
Personnel from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) were also present to distribute separate financial assistance to the typhoon victims, while the Department of Agriculture (DA) provided the local farmers’ cooperative with a recirculating-type grain dryer, assorted vegetable seeds, and rice seeds. It also offered financial grants to help farmers purchase other equipment and supplies.
The Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) extended additional support by distributing checks to qualified farmers. Meanwhile, the Philippine Coconut Authority sent both financial and agricultural aid in the form of fertilizers, rice, chickens, and eggs while local farmers received separate monetary support. The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, in turn, provided fisherfolk with fiber glass paddle boats and tilapia fingerlings.
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), National Housing Authority (NHA), and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) all committed to extend aid upon completing their assessments.
Go, who is the principal author and sponsor of the Malasakit Centers Act of 2019, advised victims with medical concerns to go to their nearest Malasakit Center at the Butuan Medical Center in Butuan City or neighboring Compostela Valley Provincial Hospital in Nabunturan, Davao de Oro.
He added that the Malasakit Centers serve as one-stop shops where four government agencies, namely the DSWD, Department of Health (DoH), Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) and Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth), are housed to provide medical assistance to Filipinos especially poor and indigent patients.
At the same time, Go offered to personally help beneficiaries who require urgent medical treatment on top of what Malasakit Centers can cover.
“Kung sinuman ang gustong magpa-opera sa inyo sa Davao o Manila na may sakit sa puso o kung ano pa man ang kailangan niyo sa pagpapa-ospital, lapitan niyo lang ako o ang mga lokal na opisyal dyan. Ako na po ang sasagot sa inyo sa pagpapa-ospital. Pati pamasahe ninyo ako na ang sasagot,” Go added.
During his speech, Go recognized the efforts of local officials of San Francisco and Talacogon for serving their constituents untiringly despite the difficult times. He specifically thanked San Francisco Vice Mayor Bernardino Ursos, Councilors Genden Dayondon and Edwino Dandan, Municipal Administrator Maurice Montilla, and the barangay officials of the town.
During the distribution activity in Talacogon, he thanked Mayor Pauline Marie Masendo, Vice Mayor Melchor Demegillo, Municipal Administrator Gina Gatab, and the town councilors and barangay officials present in the event.
Despite the ongoing pandemic, the Senator continues to reach out and extend much needed relief to Filipinos in crisis situations.
“Tandaan ninyo, minsan lang tayo dadaan sa mundong ito. Kung anuman ang kabutihan na pwede natin maitulong sa ating kapwa tao ay gawin na natin ngayon dahil hindi na tayo babalik sa mundong ito,” Go said.
Ending his message to them, Go said that he and President Duterte will devotedly serve the country, especially since the Filipino people have entrusted them with the opportunity to serve.
“Huwag kayong mahiya na lumapit sa amin ni Presidente Duterte dahil trabaho namin ang magserbisyo sa inyo. Kami ang magpapasalamat sa inyo dahil binigyan niyo kami ng oportunidad na magserbisyo sa inyong lahat!” he ended.
Earlier, Go has also extended similar assistance to flood victims in the Agusan del Sur towns of Prosperidad on 28 December, and Rosario and Bunawan on 29 December, respectively.