Bong Go

Bong Go aids market vendors, TODA members in Leyte

June 19, 2021 People's Tonight 466 views

VARIOUS forms of assistance were provided to struggling market vendors and Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association members in Alangalang, Leyte as part of Senator Christopher “Bong” Go’s commitment to serve more underprivileged sectors and help them recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

In consideration of the 500 beneficiaries that were in attendance at the Alangalang Civic Center, the staff of Senator Go grouped the recipients by small batches to ensure a well-organized distribution of goods as they adhered to the safety and health protocols recommended by the government.

The beneficiaries, then, received COVID-19 essentials, such as meals, masks, face shields, and vitamins. In his video message, Senator Go reminded the beneficiaries to look after their well-being, maintain a healthy immune system, and get vaccinated as soon as possible given that the vaccine rollout is now open to essential sectors belonging in the A4 category.

To help the beneficiaries with their commute situation amid the limited access to transportation services, Go’s personnel gave new pairs of shoes and bicycles to selected recipients. In addition, some beneficiaries with children were able to receive computer tablets that would easily give them access to educational materials for their classes under the blended learning approach.

During the distribution activity, several government agencies extended their assistance programs to the market vendors and TODA members as Senator Go expressed his full support for these initiatives to uplift the lives and livelihoods of struggling industries.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development, through its Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation program, granted each beneficiary with financial assistance to help with their essential needs.

Through their Pangkabuhayan sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa program, representatives from the Department of Trade and Industry will provide livelihood opportunities to identified beneficiaries to help boost economic activities amid the national health crisis.

Likewise, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority conducted an assessment for recipients who would qualify for their scholarship program.

As he aims to provide convenient access to quality healthcare, the Chair of the Senate Committee on Health advised the beneficiaries that there are 120 Malasakit Centers nationwide that are ready to give them assistance if they may need medical attention.

Local residents of Leyte may visit the Malasakit Centers in Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center in Tacloban City; Leyte Provincial Hospital, Schistosomiasis Control and Research Hospital in Palo; and Ormoc District Hospital in Ormoc City.

Authored and co-sponsored by Go, the Malasakit Centers Act was signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte in 2019 and it aims to establish Malasakit Centers in all DOH-run hospitals, plus Philippine General Hospital, as well as other public hospitals that qualify in accordance with the set of criteria provided by the law.

To further improve the delivery of health services in Leyte, Go sponsored and successfully pushed for the passage of a bill to increase the bed capacity of the EVRMC and another to convert the SCRH into the Governor Benjamin T. Romualdez General Hospital.

Senator Go also supported the funding of projects, such as the construction of flood control protection works in Brgy. Dapdap, and maintenance of flood mitigation structures and drainage system in Brgy. Bobonon. These projects seek to enhance the community of Alangalang to further help in its economic development.

He, then, extended his appreciation to Representative Martin Romualdez, Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla, Vice Governor Carlo Loreto, Mayor Lovely Ann Yu, Vice Mayor Edwin Jomadiao, and other local government officials for providing much needed support to help build back their community despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Mga kababayan ko diyan sa Leyte, magtulungan lang po tayo. Alam ko pong hirap tayong lahat ngayon, hirap din po kami ni Pangulong Duterte. Subalit kayo po ang nagbibigay lakas sa amin para makapagserbisyo pa po sa inyong lahat. At malalampasan din natin ito bilang nagkakaisang mamamayang Pilipino,” Go ended.

On the same day, the team of Senator Go conducted a similar relief operation for 200 more beneficiaries, composed of market vendors and TODA members, at the St. Joseph Parish Social Hall in Barugo, Leyte.