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Bong Go’s team mounts relief efforts in Biliran

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Senator Christopher “Bong” Go’s office resumed its relief activities in Biliran on Monday, 22 November, for the residents of the province who were adversely affected by the spread of COVID-19.

In a video message during the activities in Culaba and Kawayan, Go reminded the public that vaccines are their best line of defense and urged them to complete their doses so they have adequate protection from the severe symptoms of COVID-19.

“Halos lahat ng severe cases of COVID-19 natin ngayon ay ‘yung mga ayaw magpabakuna at ‘yung nag-aantay muna. Pakiusap, ‘wag kayo mag-antay dahil hahabulin kayo ng sakit na ‘to kahit saan kayo magtago. Pakiusap, magpabakuna na kayo kung gusto niyong unti-unti na tayong makabalik sa ating normal na pamumuhay,” appealed Go.

“Tingnan niyo, pababa na ang mga kaso at bumubukas na ang ekonomiya sa Metro Manila dahil marami na ang bakunado sa eligible na populasyon nito. Libre naman ang mga bakuna, kaya magpabakuna na kayo,” he added.

The senator’s staff distributed snacks and masks to a total of 284 residents at the Barangay Marvel covered court in Culaba and Kawayan Municipal Tree Park. The activities were carried out in batches to ensure all health and safety protocols were strictly observed.

They also gave select residents new pairs of shoes and bicycles for commuting, as well as computer tablets for children’s use while studying at home.

Meanwhile, personnel from the Department of Social Welfare and Development provided livelihood grants under its Sustainable Livelihood Program. The Department of Trade and Industry and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority also assessed potential beneficiaries of their livelihood and scholarship programs, respectively.

“Dahil sa pandemya, mas lalo akong nahirapan dahil ako lang ang kumakayod sa aking pamilya. Nakulong kasi ang asawa ko. Nagpapasalamat ako kay Senator Bong Go kasi nung nagka-typhoid fever at naospital ako, doon kami lumapit sa Malasakit Center. Wala kaming binayaran kahit piso. Maraming salamat din sa ayuda at gagamitin ko pangdagdag sa aking sari-sari store,” said Lucy Tikling, 38.

The senator reminded residents that they may avail of assistance from the government for their medical and health-related expenses through the Malasakit Center located at the Biliran Provincial Hospital in Naval.

The center is a one-stop shop that brings together the DSWD, Department of Health, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office under one roof. Go principally authored and sponsored the measure that became Republic Act No. 11463, which institutionalized the Malasakit Centers program.

“Kung kulang pa ang tulong ng mga ahensya, (may) pondong iniwan din ang Office of the President diyan. Wala ng dahilan para hindi kayo tulungan ng ospital. Kaya ayaw magpa-check up at lumalala ang kondisyon ng maraming Pilipino dahil wala silang pambayad,” he explained.

“Ngayon, kung may hindi kayang operahan diyan, magsabi lang kayo at kami na ni Pangulong (Rodrigo) Duterte ang sasalo sa kanila. Magtutulungan kami para maisalba kayo. Iyan naman ang trabaho namin, ang makatulong,” assured Go.

The senator proceeded to thank Representative Gerardo Espina Jr., Governor Rogelio Espina, Vice Governor Brigido Caneja III, Culaba Mayor Humphrey Olimba and Vice Mayor Enrico Uyvico, Kawayan Mayor Rodolfo Espina Sr. and Vice Mayor Tani Patiño, and other local officials for their service to the community and their constituents.

As Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, Go has supported many initiatives that aim to alleviate poverty and promote economic growth in Biliran. Among these are the construction of a sea wall in Barangay San Lorenzo and rehabilitation of the local access roads in Barangay Balascon in Kawayan, as well as the construction of a level II water supply system in Barangay Bool West in Culaba.

He also supported other initiatives, including the rehabilitation of existing roads in Almeria, Kawayan and Naval; construction of multipurpose buildings in Caibiran and Naval; construction of a flood control structure in Cabucgayan and Naval; acquisition of medical equipment for the Biliran Provincial Hospital; and acquisition of a new dump truck for the municipal government of Biliran.

The same activity was held for 149 indigent residents in Almeria and Maripipi last 10 November, in collaboration with DSWD, DTI and TESDA.

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