As the pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to weigh heavy on many families, an outreach team of Senator Christopher “Bong” Go visited the town of Mallig in Isabela on Thursday, April 22, to assist residents who are struggling to make ends meet.
“Magtulungan, magmalasakit at magbayanihan lang tayo. Kami ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte, patuloy kaming magseserbisyo para sa inyo. Hindi namin kayo pababayaan, lalo na sa panahon ng krisis,” Go began in a video message.
Meals, food packs, vitamins, masks and face shields were distributed in batches to a total of 228 residents at the Mallig Sports Complex. All necessary health and safety protocols were strictly enforced throughout the activities, during which the beneficiaries were divided into several batches.
Selected beneficiaries also received new pairs of shoes while some were given bicycles for their commuting needs. Other residents were provided computer tablets for their children’s educational use.
In a separate distribution, personnel from the Department of Social Welfare and Development also extended financial grants through its Sustainable Livelihood Program to the qualified beneficiaries
“May ahensiya na magbibigay ng tulong sa inyo. Gamitin niyo sa tama ang inyong kita at palaguin niyo ang inyong mga negosyo. Iba talaga ‘yung sariling kayod, ‘yung pinaghirapan mo ‘yung kinikita mo na may dangal, lalong-lalo na sa panahong ‘to na marami ang nawalan ng trabaho at hanapbuhay,” continued Go.
The Senator, as Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, reminded residents to adhere to the government-issued protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within their communities. He assured that government would prioritize all poor and vulnerable sectors once vaccines are available for distribution to the wider public in accordance with the national vaccination priority list.
Go reminded everyone to safeguard their health and offered to assist those with medical concerns. He informed them that they may now conveniently avail of medical assistance from the government through the Malasakit Centers at the Gov. Faustino N. Dy, Sr. Memorial Hospital in Ilagan City and Southern Isabela Medical Center in Santiago City.
The Senator, in his speech, recognized the public officials for their selfless service to the community amid the challenges posed by the pandemic. He specifically thanked Governor Rodolfo Albano; Vice Governor Faustino Dy; Mayor Jose Calderon; Vice Mayor Diosdado Felipe; and Councilors Carlos Balagan, Deo Elefante, Ronaldo Baniqued, Marjorie Isidro, Samuel Baniqued, Wilfredo Pascual, Princess Carasig, and Valentino Joson.
“Huwag kayong magpasalamat sa amin. Kami dapat ang nagpapasalamat sa inyo dahil binigyan niyo kami ng pagkakataon na magserbisyo sa ating bayan. Kung may maitutulong pa kami, lumapit lang kayo. Palagi kaming handa ni Pangulo Duterte na magserbisyo sa inyong lahat sa abot ng aming makakaya,” said Go.
Despite the ongoing pandemic, the Senator continues to reach out to Filipinos in crisis situations. His office previously provided assistance to hundreds of typhoon victims in San Mariano last March 18 in the same province.