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Senator “Bong” Go’s team swept to the province of Iloilo and conducted separate relief efforts for a total of 12,318 struggling residents, various sectoral groups affected by Typhoon Jolina.

They handed out essential items, such as snacks, masks, face shields, and vitamins to each beneficiary. Meanwhile, computer tablets were given to some beneficiaries to help their children participate better during their classes under the blended learning approach implemented in schools.

Sa mga kabataan, para po ito sa inyo. Mag-aral po kayo nang mabuti, kayo po ang kinabukasan ng bayang ito,“ expressed Go in his video message.

Pangalawa, sasaya po ang inyong mga magulang kapag nakapagtapos kayo ng pag-aaral. Pangatlo, ‘yan po ang puhunan natin sa mundong ito – edukasyon,” Go added.

There were also select recipients of new pairs of shoes, and bicycles that they can use to conveniently travel to go to work or get daily necessities.

Meanwhile, staff from the Department of Agriculture extended financial grants, through their KADIWA ni Ani at Kita program, to the local community of Dumangas to help several associations of farmers and fisherfolk.

The KADIWA program is a direct marketing initiative of the DA to ensure that food commodities are highly accessible to consumers through the KADIWA retail stores located in strategic areas.

Furthermore, the Department of Social Welfare and Development provided financial assistance to qualified recipients while livelihood support await qualified individuals assessed by the staff of the Department of Trade and Industry.

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority in turn gave scholarship grants to chosen individuals based on their assessment.

Go then expressed his concern for typhoon-affected families as he reassured them that he will continue to push for the passage of Senate Bill No. 205, otherwise known as the Department of Disaster Resilience Act.

The proposed measure seeks to create a highly specialized agency with a clear unity of command and tasked with ensuring adaptive, disaster-resilient, and safe communities. The department shall also concentrate on three key result areas, namely: disaster risk reduction, disaster preparedness and response, and recovery and building forward better.

“Ito pong departamentong ito, cabinet secretary level. Mayro’n pong mag-aasikaso at makikipag-coordinate with LGUs. Bago pa dumating ang bagyo, naka-preposition na po ang goods, ilikas po ang ating mga kababayan sa mas ligtas na lugar, at pag-alis po ng bagyo ay restoration of normalcy kaagad,” said Go.

In line with his priorities to look after the health and well-being of the Filipinos, Senator Go, who serves as the Chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, also mentioned in his message that there are Malasakit Centers in the province that they may visit if they may need to seek medical assistance.

A one-stop shop, the Malasakit Center is designed to assist low-income Filipinos so that they can conveniently avail medical assistance offered by DSWD, Department of Health, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. To date, there are now 141 Malasakit Centers nationwide.

There are four Malasakit Centers in Iloilo province located at Western Visayas Medical Center in Iloilo City; Don Jose Monfort Medical Center Extension Hospital in Barotac Nuevo; Western Visayas Sanitarium in Sta. Barbara; and West Visayas State University Hospital in Jaro, Iloilo City.

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