Senator Christopher “Bong” Go distributed assistance to 32 families still recovering from a fire incident that happened last year in Panacan, Davao City.
“Sana ay nasa mabuti kayong kalagayan. Alam kong nasa pandemya tayo ngayon tapos nasunugan pa kayo. Magtulungan lang tayo. Sino pa ba ang magtutulungan kung di tayo na magkababayan,” Go said in a video message.
In a distribution activity held at the Panacan Relocation Gym on Wednesday, 24 March, families were provided with meals, food packs, masks, face shields and medicine packs.
Selected beneficiaries were also given new pairs of shoes. Meanwhile, another recipient was provided with a computer tablet for his child to use in their blended learning set-up implemented by schools.
Isidro Tadtad, who received a bicycle to help him in his daily commute amid the pandemic, expressed his gratitude towards the assistance provided by the Senator.
“Nagpapasalamat ako kay Senador Bong Go sa binigay niya na mountain bike. Mula sa aking puso, nagpapasalamat ako sa kanya,” Tadtad said in an interview.
“Malaki itong tulong sa akin sapagkat ito ang gagamitin ko na pagdeliver ng supply at magagamit ko sa pang araw-araw. Senador Bong Go, hindi kita kakalimutan,” Tadtad added.
Personnel from the National Housing Authority (NHA) provided housing assistance to the fire victims.
Another recipient, Rudy Ador, shared that he is thankful for the Senator’s assistance as well as the government housing assistance provided to them.
“Nagpapasalamat ako sa NHA dahil napakalaki talaga ng tulong nila sa aming mga mahihirap at lalo na sa ating Senador Bong Go. Susuportahan ka namin, Senator Go, hanggang sa dulo,” Ador said.
Various government agencies already provided assistance to the beneficiaries last 28 August 2020. These are the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) which provided separate financial assistance and the Department of Health (DoH) which provided hygiene kits and medicines.
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) also distributed livelihood starter kits last 16 October 2020.
As chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Go assured beneficiaries that poor and vulnerable sectors will be prioritized after the frontliners are vaccinated as the country has already received initial batches of vaccines for COVID-19.
Go also offered assistance to those who needed major medical operations. He advised beneficiaries suffering from medical conditions to seek assistance from the nearby Malasakit Center located at Southern Philippines Medical Center which is open to serve the poor and indigent Filipinos.
The Malasakit Center, which is already institutionalized by law, is a one-stop shop where agencies, such as the DSWD, DoH, Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth), and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), are housed under one roof to provide convenient access to medical assistance to cover hospital and medical-related bills, especially of poor and indigent patients.
“Kung mayroon kayong pasyente, mayroon tayong Malasakit Center sa SPMC. Tutulungan kayo nito hanggang maging zero-balance na ang inyong babayaran sa ospital. Para ito sa Pilipino, lalo na ang mga poor and indigent patients,” Go shared.
“Ito ang aking isinulong noon na batas na pinirmahan ni Presidente Duterte. Para talaga ito sa mga Pilipino, ang Malasakit Center, kaya lapitan niyo lang,” he added.
Go also lauded the local government officials of Davao City through the leadership of Mayor Sara Duterte, Vice Mayor Baste Duterte, and Cong. Paolo Duterte for their untiring service.
“Ito po ang tatandaan natin, minsan lang po tayo dadaan sa mundong ito. Kung ano po kabutihan ang puwede nating maitulong sa kapwa tao natin ay gawin na natin, dahil hindi na po tayo babalik sa mundong ito,” Go said.
“Kami ni Pangulong Duterte ay patuloy na magseserbisyo sa inyo, dahil para sa amin ang serbisyo sa tao ay serbisyo sa Diyos,” he added.
In February, Go also distributed assistance to a number of families hit by a fire incident in Barangay Buhangin in Davao City. He provided similar assistance to the beneficiaries to help them get through their situation on top of effects of the pandemic.