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Bong Go extends support to struggling Samal residents

The senator likewise encourage residents to get vaccinated against Covid-19 and keep taking extra precautions among those at risk, particularly the elderly

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"Second home ko na ‘tong Samal, matagal na ako ditong pumupunta at nagkakarera ng motor sa dagat… Mahal ko ‘tong mga taga-Samal," said Go in a speech. | Photo from the office of Senator Bong Go

Sen. Bong Go on 27 May again personally visited the Island Garden City of Samal, Davao del Norte, to check on the living conditions of struggling Samaleños and provide support to them.

“Nakapunta na ako sa buong Pilipinas, nakarating na nga ako ng Batanes ‘pag may lindol. Nakakarating na ako ng Jolo ‘pag may sunog, kaya buong Pilipinas na ang napuntahan ko dahil ‘yan ang pangako ko sa mga Pilipino at basta kaya lang ng katawan at panahon ko, pupuntahan ko kayo,” Go said in a speech.

“Second home ko na ‘tong Samal, matagal na ako ditong pumupunta at nagkakarera ng motor sa dagat… Mahal ko ‘tong mga taga-Samal.”

Go also gave bicycles, phablets, watches, shoes, basketballs and volleyballs to select recipients.

Go and his staff handed out grocery packs, vitamins, meals, and shirts to a total of 3,134 residents consisting of fisherfolk, senior citizens, and indigents from Barangays San Isidro, Poblacion Kaputian, and Libertad.

The activities were held at the barangays’ respective covered courts, in compliance with mandated protocols to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Go and his staff handed out grocery packs, vitamins, meals, and shirts to a total of 3,134 residents consisting of fisherfolk, senior citizens, and indigents from Barangays San Isidro, Poblacion Kaputian, and Libertad.

Go also gave bicycles, phablets, watches, shoes, basketballs and volleyballs to select recipients.

Moreover, the Department of Social Welfare and Development separately granted financial assistance through its Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation program.

Continuing his speech, Go encouraged residents to get inoculated against Covid-19 and keep taking extra precautions among those at risk, particularly the elderly.

“Libre naman ito na galing sa gobyerno. Huwag ninyong sayangin ang pagkakataon kung hindi pa kayo bakunado, magpabakuna na kayo. Ang bakuna ang susi o solusyon para unti-unti na tayong makabalik sa normal nating pamumuhay,” he said.

Go on 27 May again personally visited the Island Garden City of Samal, Davao del Norte, to check on the living conditions of struggling Samaleños and provide support to them.

In line with his commitment to provide Filipinos convenient access to medical assistance programs by the government, Go reached out to those who needed medical care. He advised that they may avail of further medical assistance for their hospital expenses through the Malasakit Centers at Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City, or Davao Regional Medical Center in Tagum City.

The centers aim to make medical assistance programs by partnered agencies more accessible to indigent patients by putting all relevant agencies such as the DSWD, Department of Health, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, under one roof.

The Malasakit Centers were institutionalized under Republic Act No. 11463, which Go principally authored and sponsored in the Senate, and President Duterte signed in December 2019.

To date, there are 151 Malasakit Centers nationwide.

“Lahat ng pasyente na nangangailangan, lapitan niyo lang ang opisina ko. Lapitan niyo lang ako, huwag kayong mahiya na lumapit sa akin dahil trabaho ko ang magserbisyo sa inyong lahat,” said Go.

As vice chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, Go has supported many infrastructure initiatives to accelerate the development of the island.

These include the water system project in Brgys. Pangubatan, Libertad and San Remigio, Kinawitnon and Miranda; construction of bypass road Jct. Babak-Samal-Kaputian Road Brgy. San Antonio, Tagpopongan, Phase 2, IGACOS Circumferential Road; and the construction of a two-story multipurpose building and a farm-to-market road in Brgy. Tambo.

He likewise supported the construction of several roads, including the road from Crossing Toril, Babak to Brgy. Sto. Niño, Babak District; the road from San Agustin Elementary School to Maximo Arellano Elementary School, Brgy. Sto. Niño, Babak District; and the road at the Port of Brgy. Sta. Cruz to Brgy. Linosutan, Talicud Island, Kaputian District.

Other initiatives he supported in the province were the rechanneling of a river, construction of a river wall, and concreting of the Sitio Bunsalag to Sitio Misulok-Sulok road in Talaingod; construction of a concrete revetment along the Tagum-Libuganon River Basin and dike along the Sadpudon Creek in Carmen; construction of multipurpose buildings in Kapalong and New Corella; and renovation of the public terminal, public parks and plaza in New Corella.

He also supported the construction of the IGACOS Super Health Center to further improve the health services in Samal.

“Ang pangako ko sa inyo na tulungan kayo, makapagbigay ng kaunting tulong, makabigay ng solusyon sa inyong problema at makapag-iwan ng kaunting saya sa panahon ng inyong pagdadalamhati. Kaya nandito ako ngayon, mayroon pa tayong krisis dahil sa Covid-19. Magtulungan lang tayo, sino pa ba ang magtutulungan kung ‘di tayo lang rin kapwa natin Pilipino,” he said.

“Magdasal kayo palagi, nandito lang ako palagi na inyong kaibigan, kapitbahay na handang tumulong sa inyo sa abot ng aking makakaya. Hindi ako pulitiko na mangangako sa inyo… basta magsusumikap akong tumulong sa inyong lahat,” Go concluded.

On 24 May, Go’s team extended similar assistance to morev Samaleños from Brgys. Bandera, Adecor, and Sion.

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