Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go continued to provide support to fire-hit communities as his team visited victims in Brgy. Ususan, Taguig City, and Brgy. Pembo, Makati City on 15 September to deliver immediate assistance.
Go’s team conducted relief operations at Ususan Elementary School Covered Court in Taguig City and Pembo Barangay Hall in Makati City, and catered to 14 and eight families, respectively. His staff implemented health guidelines to safeguard the beneficiaries from Covid-19.
The fire victims were given financial assistance, grocery packs, meals, masks, face shields and vitamins.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) granted additional financial assistance to each affected family.
“Sa mga kababayan kong nasunugan, huwag ho kayong mawalan ng pag-asa. Ang gamit po’y nabibili, ang pera po’y kikitain natin, magsipag lang tayo. Subalit ’yung perang kikitain ay hindi po nabibili ang buhay,” said Go in a video message.
The senator then expressed his optimism that the Bureau of Fire Protection will be more sufficient in addressing fire-related concerns following the recent enactment of Republic Act No. 11589, otherwise known as the BFP Modernization Act of 2021, on 10 September.
Since President Rodrigo Duterte signed it into law, RA 11589 is expected to transform the BFP into a world-class institution mandated to implement a modernization program, the components of which will include recruiting more firefighters, provision of specialized training, upgrading and acquiring new fire equipment, among others.
“To better protect Filipinos, we need to further strengthen the Bureau of Fire Protection by improving its services and capabilities so that it can efficiently and effectively respond to incidents and other catastrophes,” Go explained.
He reminded families to strictly adhere to health protocols and urged them to get vaccinated once eligible to increase the body’s resistance against Covid-19.
Likewise, Go continued to push for more programs to provide quality healthcare services to underprivileged Filipinos as he offered assistance to beneficiaries or to their loved ones who have health concerns to visit any of the 27 Malasakit Centers in Metro Manila.
First established in 2018, the Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop where poor and indigent patients can conveniently access medical programs offered by DSWD, the Department of Health, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.
“Wala pong pinipili ang Malasakit Center. Basta Pilipino ka, qualified po sa Malasakit Center, para po ’yan sa poor and indigent patients, inyo po ’yan,” Go said.
He then lauded local officials of Makati and Taguig for their determination and efforts to ensure their respective communities recover from calamities amid a national health crisis.
“Mga kababayan ko, kami po ni Pangulong Duterte ay handang mag-serbisyo sa inyong lahat sa abot ng aming makakaya. At uunahin namin ang interes ng bawat Pilipino, dahil mahal po namin ang aming kapwa Pilipino. Maraming salamat po,” he ended.