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Bong Go’s team extends aid to 4,000 Bohol residents



Senator Christopher 'Bong' Go.

After attending the inauguration of the seven new seaports in Tagbilaran City recently, Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go’s outreach team returned to Bohol on 10 November to provide relief to thousands of residents adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a video message during activities in the towns of Pilar and President Carlos P. Garcia, Go reminded the public to follow the government’s health and safety protocols, warning that a single outbreak could lead to more infections.

“Nakikiusap kami, habaan niyo ang inyong pasensya at sumunod sa mga quarantine protocols. Sana’y walang magpaespesyal. Isipin niyo, sa bawat isang positibo, pagkumalat ang Delta o anuman variant ‘yan, marami pong madadamay. ‘Yun ang ayaw nating mangyari, ang kumalat pa itong sakit na ‘to at bumagsak na naman ang ating healthcare system,” said Go.

His staff distributed meals, vitamins and masks to 4,000 residents at the Barangay Bagumbayan gym in Pilar and Barangay Eba gym in President Carlos P. Garcia.

The activities were held in batches, in compliance with protocols.

The staff gave selected recipients new pairs of shoes and bicycles, as well as computer tablets.

Personnel from the Department of Social Welfare and Development distributed financial assistance.

The Department of Trade and Industry and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority conducted assessments for their respective assistance programs.

To support the national vaccination campaign of the government, the senator urged all remaining eligible residents in Bohol to get their shots at the soonest possible time.

He recently issued an appeal calling on the government to provide fully-vaccinated members of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) with cash incentives, on top of what they receive under the law.

Go also offered medical assistance to the sick, elderly and others considered more vulnerable to Covid-19. He informed them that they may conveniently avail of aid from the government through the Malasakit Center at the Governor Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital in Tagbilaran City or Don Emilio del Valle Memorial Hospital in Ubay.

The Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop which brings together under one roof all relevant agencies which offer medical assistance programs, namely the DSWD, Department of Health, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. It aims to help reduce a patient’s expenses by covering various services and expenses

“Naghirap talaga kami dahil sa pandemya. Nag-aapply pa din ako kaya kumukuha na lang ako ng mga maliliit na trabaho para may makain ang mga kapatid ko. Wala na kasi kaming mga magulang. Nagapapasalamat ako ng malaki kay Presidente (Rodrigo) Duterte at Senator Bong Go at may pangbili kami ng mga pagkain,” said one of the beneficiaries, Romero Aumentado, 23.

Ending his message, the senator recognized 2nd District Rep. Erico Aumentado, 3rd District Rep. Kristine Tutor, Gov. Arthur Yap, Vice Gov. Rene Relampagos, Pilar Mayor Necitas Cubrado and Vice Mayor Eugenio Datahan II, and Pres.Carlos P. Garcia Mayor Fernando Estavilla and Vice Mayor Nestor Abad for supporting their constituents at this time.

As Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, Go has also supported many initiatives which seek to create more jobs and help the local economy recover. They include the concreting of the Bagumbayan, Pilar-Caluasan, Dagohoy road and a local road in Pilar and the installation of a coin-operated water system in Pres. Carlos P. Garcia.

He also supported the construction of multi-purpose buildings in Buenavista, Dauis, Loay, Alicia, Anda, Balilihan, Batuan, Danao, Dimiao, Duero, Garcia-Hernandez, Guindulman, Loon, Valencia and Tagbilaran City; improvement of evacuation centers in Panglao, Anda, Balilihan, Carmen, Corella, Garcia-Hernandez and Valencia; construction of the municipal slaughterhouse in Inabanga; acquisition and installation of solar-powered street lights in Getafe; and acquisition of a multi-purpose vehicle and dump truck for the local government of Clarin.