Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go emphasized the government’s continued support for Filipinos in the face of the ongoing public health emergency during his visits to two separate distribution activities in Davao City’s Barangays Cabantian and Indangan.
“Kami ni Presidente Duterte, hindi kami titigil sa pagseserbisyo. Binigyan kami ng pagkakataon ng Diyos na magserbisyo sa inyong lahat at sa buong Pilipinas, hindi namin ito sasayangin, ibabalik namin sa inyo ang serbisyo na para sa tao, ibabalik namin sa inyo,” said Go.
“Huwag kayong magpasalamat sa amin ni Presidente dahil trabaho namin ito. Obligasyon namin ito na magserbisyo sa inyong lahat, kami ang magpasalamat sa inyo dahil binigyan niyo kami ng pagkakataon na makapagserbisyo sa inyong lahat, kaunting tiis lang,” he added.
Continuing his remarks, Go urged recipients and their loved ones with health concerns to seek medical assistance at the Malasakit Center at the Southern Philippines Medical Center.
As Chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, he has made it a priority to give Filipinos with quick access to a high-quality healthcare system, prompting him to author and push for the passage of the Malasakit Centers Act of 2019.
The law mandates the establishment of a Malasakit Center in every Department of Health-run hospital, as well as the Philippine General Hospital, to ensure that poor and impoverished patients receive the care they require.
“Mga kababayan ko, kung kailangan niyo po ng tulong sa pagpapa-opera sa Maynila, sa (Philippine) Heart Center, sa NKTI, bukas po ang aming tanggapan na tumulong po sa inyo sa abot ng aming makakaya,” said Go.
The relief efforts were held at the Brgy. Gym Country Homes in Cabantian and Purok Sta. Cruz in Indangan, where they distributed food packs, snacks, masks, face shields, and vitamins to a total of 1,000 struggling residents. In addition, some beneficiaries brought home new pairs of shoes and bicycles that they can use.
Go also sent computer tablets to select recipients to aid their children during their classes under the blended learning set-up.
Meanwhile, the Department of Social Welfare and Development gave financial assistance to each beneficiary to support them with their basic needs.
The Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Labor and Employment determined qualified recipients for their respective livelihood programs. Lastly, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority gave scholarship grants to chosen individuals based upon their assessment.
Meanwhile, Go urged residents to be vaccinated to protect themselves and their family from Covid-19. He also emphasized that vaccinating the population is critical to restoring normalcy in the country.
“Magtiwala kayo sa bakuna. Ang bakuna ang susi o solusyon para unti-unti na tayong makabalik sa ating normal na pamumuhay. Ang target natin ngayong taon, ang herd immunity,” he said.