Senator Christopher “Bong” Go delivered assistance to the communities hardest hit by Typhoon Ulysses in Nagtipunan, Quirino on Thursday, 21 January.
The distribution activity was held at the Quirino Provincial Capitol in Cabarroguis, Quirino where a total of 98 beneficiaries were provided with meals, food packs, vitamins, masks, and face shields.
“Alam ko pong tinamaan din po kayo ng bagyo at alam ko pong mahirap ang buhay ninyo ngayon. Mayroon na tayong pandemya, may bagyo pang dumaan. Basta magtulungan lang po tayo at magbayanihan,” Go said in a video message.
The activity was conducted while strictly complying with the necessary health protocols to avoid the further spread of COVID-19.
“Tandaan natin, ang pera naman po ay kikitain pero ang perang kikitain natin ay hindi mabibili ang buhay. Kapit lang po, malalampasan din natin itong krisis na ating kinakaharap,” Go added.
Selected beneficiaries also received bicycles to help them travel amid limited public transportation. Others were given tablets so their children could better access educational modules under the blending learning approach being implemented in schools. Some were also given pairs of shoes.
“Sa mga kabataan naman po, pinapaalala ko sa inyo na mag-aral kayo nang mabuti dahil ‘yan lang po ang puhunan natin sa mundong ito–edukasyon at makapagtapos kayo ng pag-aaral. Pangalawa, ‘yan po ay konsuwelo sa ating mga magulang na nagtatrabaho mapag-aral lang ang kanilang mga anak. Pangatlo, kayo po ang kinabukasan ng bayang ito mga kabataan kaya mag-aral kayong mabuti,” according to Go.
As Senate Committee Chair on Health, the Senator informed beneficiaries in need of urgent medical care that they may seek aid from his office. He also committed that he will coordinate with concerned agencies so that a Malasakit Center can be established in Quirino province soon.
At the same time, Go told residents that there are nearby Malasakit Centers at the Gov. Faustino N. Dy, Sr. Memorial Hospital in Ilagan, Isabela; Southern Isabela Medical Center in Santiago City, Isabela; and Region II Trauma and Medical Center in Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya, through which they can conveniently avail medical assistance from the government.
The National Housing Authority (NHA) also extended housing assistance to the locals as part of its Emergency Housing Assistance Program.
“Naririyan din po ang ating NHA, mayro’n po tayong programa sa national government na isinusulong natin noon pa man. Ito po ‘yung tinatawag na EHAP. Para po ito sa mga nasira ang bahay, bibigyan po kayo ng financial housing assistance mula po sa NHA,” Go said.
Go thanked local officials, led by Governor Dax Cua, Vice Governor Jojo Baguillar, Representative Junie Cua, and Mayor Nieverose Meneses, for serving their constituents amid the current pandemic.
He assured that once a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is made available, the government will prioritize the poor and vulnerable sectors, as well as frontliners, including medical workers, teachers, and uniformed personnel.
“Huwag ho kayong mag-alala, ‘pag mayroon na hong vaccine na safe na nabili ang gobyerno, uunahin po namin ni Pangulong Duterte ang lahat ng mahihirap, ang mga frontliners. Hindi ho namin kayo papabayaan kapag nariyan na po ‘yung vaccine,” he vowed.