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Fresh hope, from Malasakit to displaced in Samar



While the government undertakes necessary measures to combat Covid-19, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go urged the public to diligently abiding by health protocols to slow down its spread.

In a video message at an activity in Daram, Samar, on 22 September, Go reiterated the importance of proper mask use, social distancing and other such protocols to protect those most vulnerable to the disease, such as the elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions.

The senator’s outreach team provided meals, vitamins, masks and face shields to a total of 512 beneficiaries, consisting of displaced workers and out-of-school youth.

Select beneficiaries were given new shoes while some were provided bicycles for their daily commute. Others received computer tablets to help their children participate in their educational activities under the blended learning set-up.

To cover other critical needs, representatives from the Department of Social Welfare and Development separately provided each beneficiary with financial assistance. The Department of Labor and Employment also distributed livelihood assistance to the displaced workers.

On the other hand, the Department of Trade and Industry and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority committed to provide further aid to qualified recipients upon completing their assessments.

“Isa po akong vendor at may apat na anak. Nung walang pandemya, mas masaya kami dahil nakakagala kami ng mga anak ko. Ang laki ng pinagbago ngayon kasi na hiwalay kaming pamilya. Nandito kami sa probinsya at ‘yung asawa ko naman nasa Maynila. Nahirapan na kaming magbumalik dahil sa mga restrictions,” said

“Maraming salamat kay Senator Bong Go at sa DSWD para sa natanggap namin na tulong. Gagamitin ko yung pera pangdagdag puhunan sa aking benta.  Kay Presidente (Rodrigo) Duterte naman, panalig at laban lang po!” said Aemie Quintero, 28, a resident of Barangay Bon-anon.

The senator, who heads the Senate Committee on Health, reminded everyone not to skip on medical care even for minor health concerns. He offered medical assistance to the sick, elderly and other vulnerable groups and advised them to visit the Malasakit Center at the Samar Provincial Hospital in Catbalogan City.

The Malasakit Center, which opened in March 2019, is a one-stop shop for the medical assistance programs of the DSWD, Department of Health, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. There are currently 141 centers operational across the country and are available in every province in Eastern Visayas.

Sa mga kailangan magpagamot, magpa-opera o magpatingin sa espesyalista, lapitan niyo lang ako. Handa akong tumulong sa inyo. Pwede niyo din lapitan ang Malasakit Center at tutulungan kayo nito para wala na kayong babayaran sa ospital,” reassured Go, who authored the Malasakit Centers Act of 2019.