In spite of the global pandemic, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go reiterated his support for the government’s war against illegal drugs as he remains committed to developing a more holistic approach in supporting individuals and their families who have been victimized by substance abuse.
Recently, Senator Go sent his outreach team to distribute assistance to 222 former drug users in Sugbongcogon, Misamis Oriental on Wednesday, August 18.
In his video message, Go echoed President Rodrigo Duterte’s goal of addressing the proliferation of illegal drugs and drug-related crimes in the country as he urged fellow lawmakers to extend their support for the enactment of Senate Bill No. 399.
Filed by Go in 2019, the proposed measure aims to support the ongoing campaign against illegal drugs by requiring one drug rehabilitation center to be established in every province, under the supervision of the Department of Health.
The center shall provide care, treatment, and accommodation to drug dependents. It is also tasked to strengthen their physical, psychological, and social capability to cope with common problems.
Furthermore, the facility will provide after-care, follow-up, and social reintegration services, among others.
Meanwhile, following necessary safety and health guidelines, Go’s team handed out meals, masks, face shields, and vitamins to the beneficiaries who were in attendance at the municipal gym. The recipients were grouped into even smaller batches to ensure efficient distribution.
“Sana ay nasa mabuti kayong kalagayan. Alam ko pong mahirap ang panahon ngayon, nandito pa tayo sa krisis dulot ng COVID-19. Nandito lang kami ni Presidente Duterte at handang tumulong sa inyo sa abot ng aming makakaya,” Go expressed.
Apart from the assistance provided by Go, several government agencies also extended different forms of aid to further support persons who used drugs (PWUDs) and help them start life from a clean slate.
The Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Labor and Employment each conducted an on-site assessment wherein qualified individuals will benefit from their respective livelihood programs that will open doors for business opportunities.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development granted the recipients financial assistance. The Department of Agriculture, in turn, gave supplies of vegetable seeds.
Jerry Sia, one of the victims of substance abuse, shared how illegal drugs negatively changed his life and how he struggled in getting his life back. He then expressed his appreciation towards Senator Go and President Duterte for intensifying the war against illegal drugs.
“Salamat kay Senador Bong Go, maraming salamat at malaking tulong ito sa panahon ngayon lalo na ngayon na wala rin kaming trabaho. Hindi talaga maganda ang paggamit ng droga, kahit ibalik pa ang panahon hindi talaga maganda yan. Nagpapasalamat talaga kami na may ginawa ang gobyerno, malaki talaga ang pagbabago,” Sia shared.
As chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Go reminded the public to remain vigilant and strictly comply with necessary health guidelines against COVID-19 to prevent the further spread of the virus.
He then urged residents to get inoculated, saying: “Huwag kayong matakot sa bakuna, ang bakuna ang susi o solusyon para unti-unti na tayong makabalik sa ating normal na pamumuhay katulad po noong una.”