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Kuya Bong provides assistance to hundreds of workers in Davao City

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Senator Christopher “Bong” Go personally provided assistance to at least 485 workers in Davao City, amid the adverse impact of the pandemic on the livelihood of Filipinos.

On Monday, 4 January, Go distributed aid to 285 workers in Apo Golf and Country Club in Bago and 200 workers in South Pacific Golf in Talomo. These employees are composed of caddies, maintenance staff, security personnel and other ordinary workers.

“Dati ay daily sila kumikita pero ngayon, once or twice a week na lang. Kulang talaga kita nila. Hirap talaga lalo na yung may mga anak na binubuhay,” Go said, explaining why he continues to sympathize and help ordinary workers whose livelihoods have been hampered by the ongoing crisis.

In two separate distribution activities in their respective golf clubs, Go’s team distributed meals, food packs, masks, face shields, vitamins, medicine, and pairs of shoes under strict compliance with health protocols.

“Mayroon akong dalang grocery at lahat kayo makakatanggap. Mayroon ding vitamins. Pakiusap ko lang sa inyo, inumin niyo po itong vitamins dahil pampalakas po ito ng inyong resistensya dahil kapag malakas ang inyong resistensya, lalaban ang katawan natin sa COVID-19,” Go added.

“Delikado po ang panahon ngayon dahil sa pagkalat ng sakit. Alam kong kailangan ninyong magtrabaho para buhayin ang pamilya ninyo kaya mag-ingat po tayo. Sumunod po tayo sa patakaran ng gobyerno para mabilis nating malampasan ang krisis na ito at maibalik ang sigla ng kabuhayan ninyo,” he noted.

In one of the distribution activities, a certain Snooky Naraga expressed her gratitude after she received a pair of shoes from Go.

“Salamat po, Senator Go, sa inyong ibinigay na sapatos kasi luma na ang aking sapatos na ginagamit araw-araw papuntang trabaho. Maraming salamat din kay President Duterte sa lahat ng inyong tulong,” Naraga said in Visayan vernacular.

Go also urged the beneficiaries to follow health protocols to further prevent the spread of coronavirus disease in the country.

“Sunod lang tayo sa gobyerno dahil delikado pa ang panahon. Pakiusap lang. Itong ginagawa namin sa gobyerno ay para sa inyong lahat din, kaya suotin niyo itong mask at face shield. Paalala ko lang ang social distancing,” he added.

Selected beneficiaries received bicycles, an alternative mode of transportation amid the pandemic. Others were given tablets for their children to use in their blended learning education.

As the chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Go also told the beneficiaries that once the COVID-19 vaccine is considered safe and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the government will prioritize and ensure access to the underprivileged and vulnerable sectors.

“Kapit lang po tayo. Malapit naman na po [magkaroon ng vaccine]. Kapag mayroon ng safe na vaccine, uunahin namin ni Pangulong Duterte at ni Mayor Sara Duterte ang lahat ng mahihirap. Uunahin namin kayo para unti-unti na tayong makabalik sa ating normal na pamumuhay. Kayo ang mauuna dito,” Go added.

Go also offered assistance to those who need medical attention, such as major operations or surgeries. He also reminded beneficiaries needing government aid for their medical bills that they may conveniently seek medical assistance in the nearby Malasakit Center located at the Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City.

“Batas na itong Malasakit Center na ipinangako ko noon sa inyo na pinirmahan na ni Presidente Duterte noong nakaraang taon. Dito rin ‘yan nagsimula sa Davao noon at ngayon mayroong 96 na Malasakit Center sa buong bansa,” Go explained.

The Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop where government agencies with medical assistance programs such as the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Health (DOH, Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth), and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) are housed under one roof.

“Basta Pilipino, qualified ka. Lapitan niyo lang ‘yang Malasakit Center. Inyo po ‘yan. Hindi niyo na kailangan pumila o umikot pa sa iba’t ibang opisina dahil nasa isang kwarto nalang sa loob ng ospital mismo ang mga ahensyang tutulong sa inyo,” he explained.

Personnel from the DSWD also provided separate financial assistance to the identified beneficiaries.

Representatives from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) were also present during the distribution activities and assessed potential beneficiaries for their various programs to provide them alternative livelihood opportunities.

“’Wag kayong magpasalamat sa amin dahil kami ang dapat magpasalamat sa inyo. Binigyan niyo kami ng pagkakataon na magserbisyo sa inyong lahat, lalo na kayong mga taga-Davao,” Go said.

“Wala na kaming hihilingin pa ni Presidente Duterte sa Panginoon. Ibinigay niya na ang lahat kaya ibabalik namin ang serbisyo na para talaga sa inyo,” he ended.

 

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