The collaborative efforts of the Office of Senator Bong Go and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) supported displaced workers of the Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan in Mariveles, 12 to 15 October.
Go’s staff organized a four-day distribution at the Freeport Area of Bataan for a total of 10,790 beneficiaries. The team grouped the recipients into smaller batches and implemented necessary safety and health protocols to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and other health risks.
Go’s personnel handed out meals, masks and vitamins to each displaced worker. Select recipients were also given computer tablets, new pairs of shoes, and bicycles.
On the other hand, a team from DSWD extended help to struggling workers through the department’s Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situations program to further help them cope with the challenges of the pandemic.
“Nung nagsimula ang lockdown, pasulpot-sulpot lang po ang trabaho kaya po mahirap kasi wala pong pumapasok na income. Kaya po sobrang ganda po ng ginawang programa ng DSWD at ni Senator Bong Go kasi po marami po silang natutulungan na naapektuhan ng pandemya,” Alvin Quiban, 27, shared.
In his video message, Go recognized and thanked the economic front liners and essential workers for their hard work during these challenging times. He then urged them to get vaccinated to ensure that they are protected against Covid-19.
“Darating naman po ang panahon na unti-unti na nating makamit ang ating herd immunity. Iyon po ang gusto nating makamtan kaya patuloy po ang ating pagbabakuna,” he continued.
Being the Chair of Senate Committee on Health and Demography, Go offered aid to those with medical concerns. He encouraged them to visit the Malasakit Center at the Mariveles Mental Wellness and General Hospital in the town where they can conveniently avail of medical assistance from the government.
Republic Act No. 11463 or the Malasakit Centers Act of 2019, authored and sponsored by Go, was eventually signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in December 2019. The law mandates the establishment of the centers in every Department of Health-run hospital nationwide and in the Philippine General Hospital in Manila.
Other public hospitals can also establish their own Malasakit Centers provided they meet the standard set of criteria and guarantee the sustainability of the center’s operations.