Bong Go

Bong Go advocates for more empowered local governance

April 30, 2023 People's Journal 213 views

SENATOR Christopher “Bong” Go personally attended the Vice Mayors’ League of the Philippines (VMLP) and Philippine Councilors League (PCL) of Cotabato province Seminar Workshop at Grand Men Seng Hotel in Davao City on Wednesday, April 26.

In his speech, Go maintained his dedication to supporting local communities and his unwavering efforts to help empower local government units (LGUs) in better serving their constituents.

“Kahit saan kami pumunta noon, (lagi ko naririnig) ‘salamat Senador Bong Go.’ Huwag sana sasama ang loob ninyo ha. Sa totoo lang ‘wag kayong magpasalamat sa amin. Kami ang dapat na nagpapasalamat sa inyo dahil binigyan n’yo kami ng pagkakataon na makapagserbisyo sa inyo. Taos puso kaming nagpapasalamat sa inyong lahat,” the senator expressed.

Go then emphasized the importance of strong local governance in driving progress and development at the community level. The senator likewise recognized the pivotal roles of vice mayors and councilors as he asserted that he will continue to support them to the best of his capacity.

He also emphasized the importance of their role as the bridge between the national government and the grassroots level, adding the need for effective collaboration and coordination between all levels of governance to address the pressing needs of Filipinos.

“Parehas lang naman tayo ng trabaho, legislator tayo. National scope lang itong amin, pero ‘wag nating limitahan ang ating trabaho sa paggawa ng batas dahil alam n’yo naman ‘yan na kayo ang lalapitan ng tao, kayo ang madaling makakatulong. Basta kayong mga konsehal (at vice mayors) magkasama tayo sa pagserbisyo sa ating mga kababayan,” highlighted Go.

“Galing ako sa mababa. Alam ko kung ano ang pinakaproblema sa pinakamababa. So salamat sa inyong pagserbisyo sa ating mga kababayan.

Magkakasama tayo. Sino ba ang magtutulungan kung ‘di tayo lang, mga kababayan natin,” he continued.

Go also committed to continue providing aid to communities in need especially those facing various crisis situations.

“Yung naririnig n’yo sa telebisyon na mula Aparri hanggang Jolo, ako nakarating na ako ng Aparri dahil sa bagyo. Nakarating na ako ng Jolo dahil sa pagbubukas ng Malasakit Center, sunog sa mga Badjao sa Coastal, at sa giyera nakarating na ako doon. Nakarating rin kami ng Batanes, mas dulo pa ‘yan sa Aparri… Sabi ko, hindi ko matiis na nakaupo lang sa opisina habang ang mga kababayan natin ay nangangailangan ng tulong,” he shared.

“Pupuntahan ko kayo basta kaya lang ng aking katawan at panahon para makatulong sa abot ng aking makakaya, makapaglunsad ng mga proyekto na makakatulong sa komunidad, marinig ang mga hinaing ng taumbayan, at makapag-iwan ng ngiti sa oras ng inyong pagdadalamhati,” Go assured.

As Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Go also told the local officials that his office is ready to assist constituents in need of medical aid. He also highlighted the Malasakit Centers Act which he principally authored and sponsored in the Senate.

“Mayroon na tayong 157 na Malasakit Center sa buong Pilipinas na handang tumulong sa inyong lahat. Ang Malasakit Center is a one stop shop, nasa loob na ng ospital ang apat na ahensya ng gobyerno, ang PhilHealth, PCSO, DOH, at DSWD. Nasa loob ng ospital na handang tumulong sa mga poor and indigent patients,” he said.

Go also continues to support the establishment of more Super Health Centers nationwide, citing how important it is to bring public health services closer to the grassroots.

“Mas maliit lang s’ya sa ospital, mas malaki sa Rural Health Unit na kung saan nasa loob na ng pasilidad ang birthing – panganganak, dental, laboratory, at pwede rin magpabakuna kontra Covid at kontra tigdas. Kaya nga ilalapit natin ang serbisyo medikal sa ating mga kababayan,” he said.

Through the collective efforts of fellow lawmakers, enough funds have been allocated for the Department of Health to build 307 Super Health Centers in 2022 and 322 in 2023. The DOH, which is the lead agency in implementing the program, identifies the strategic locations for the construction of these centers.

In 2022, construction for Super Health Centers was funded in Kidapawan City, and in the towns of Banisilan, Libungan and Arakan — the last one having been personally inspected by Go in October last year.

This year, aside from the one in President Roxas which held its groundbreaking recently, Super Health Centers were also funded in the towns of Magpet, Aleosan, Midsayap, Pigcawayan, and Tulunan. Another Super Health Center will also be established in Kidapawan City.

“Ngayon, ang akin third priority ay itong Specialty Center. Katulad nitong Heart Center at Kidney. Ang Heart Center natin nandudoon sa Manila, ang Kidney Center natin nandudoon sa Manila. Ngayon ilalagay s’ya sa mga regional hospital. Sa Davao mayroon na, mayroong Heart Center, mga Cancer Center para hindi na kailangan bumyahe pa sa Manila ang mga pasyente. Ilapit natin sa inyo ang mga Specialty Center. Priority rin ito ni Pangulong Bongbong Marcos,” Go also added.

Meanwhile, Go, as Chair of the Senate Committee on Sports, said that he will continue to push for more legislative measures that will prioritize the country’s sports sector, highlighting how grassroots sports development can significantly improve Filipinos’ way of living.

“As chairman of Committee on Sports sa Senado, gusto kong ipagpatuloy ang kampanya na labanan ang iligal na droga at kriminalidad.

Kapag bumalik ang iligal na droga, babalik ang kriminalidad, babalik ang kurapsyon sa gobyerno. Iyan ang isang pamamaraan na aking isinusulong, itong sports. Get into sports, stay away from drugs,” he asserted.

Go authored and co-sponsored Republic Act No. 11470, establishing the National Academy of Sports in 2020. The NAS is a government-run academy aimed at developing the country’s future athletes by offering quality secondary education with a special curriculum on sports for gifted young Filipinos who want to enhance their physical and mental capabilities in sports.

The senator also filed Senate Bill No. 423, or the proposed Philippine National Games Act of 2022, to provide a structure for a more comprehensive national sports program, linking grassroots sports promotion to national sports development.

The event, which ran from April 25 to April 28, aimed to provide valuable insights and knowledge to elected officials in order to enhance their skills and better serve their respective communities as it tackled digitalization and paperless session, legislative tracking, and rationalization of fees and charges.

The VMLP and PCL Seminar Workshop served as a platform for vice mayors and councilors from various municipalities and cities from Cotabato province to come together and exchange experiences, best practices, and innovative ideas.

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