The Office of Senator Christopher “Bong” Go conducted a relief operation for seven families who lost their houses to a fire in Las Piñas, 1 December.
The team provided financial assistance, meals, food packs, vitamins and masks to the victims at the Pulang Lupa Uno Barangay Hall.
In a video message, Go wished the families a speedy recovery. He assured them that the country’s fire protection services will improve with the passage of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Modernization Act.
“Halos linggo-linggo akong bumababa sa mga nasusunugan. Nakikita ko ang hirap ng ating mga kababayan. Kahit isang bahay lang ang masunog, damay pati ang kapitbahay. Maraming pamilya ang apektado kaya dapat na palakasin natin ang kapasidad ng BFP sa pagreresponde sa sunog.
Go was the principal author and co-sponsor of Senate Bill 1832, on which the BFP modernization law was based.
The measure provides for the acquisition of modern fire equipment, expansion of the BFP’s manpower, and provision of highly specialized training to firefighters, among others. It also directs the BFP to implement monthly fire prevention campaigns and information drives in every local government unit.
The lawmaker offered additional support for anyone needing medical attention. He advised them to seek the services of the Malasakit Center at the Las Piñas General Hospital and Satellite Trauma Center or at any of the other 30 Malasakit Centers in Metro Manila.
Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop where particularly poor and indigent patients may conveniently apply for medical assistance from the relevant government agencies, namely the Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippine Health Insurance Corp. and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.
It aims to reduce a hospital bill to the lowest possible amount by covering patient services and expenses. The program was institutionalized under the Malasakit Centers Act of 2019, which Go also principally authored and sponsored in the Senate.
“Sinimulan namin ang programang ito dahil ayaw naming pinapahirapan kayo. Dito niyo makikita ang puso ni Pangulong Duterte para sa mga mahihirap. Binabalik namin ang pera ninyo sa inyo sa pamamagitan ng mas mabilis at maayos na serbisyo.”
“Masaya akong sunud-sunod ang pagbubukas ng mga Malasakit Centers. Tiwala ako na magiging malaking tulong ito sa ating mga kababayan, lalo na sa mga walang matakbuhan at maaasahan kundi ang gobyerno.”