ON Friday, April 22, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go’s team mounted a relief effort, in coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development, for 371 struggling residents in Baliuag, Bulacan.
In his video message during the activity held at the St. Augustine Parish, Go thanked DSWD for the financial aid it distributed to the pandemic-hit residents under its Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation program, which he noted would help the residents with their daily needs.
“Salamat sa DSWD sa programang AICS. Para po ito makatulong ng kahit kaunti sa pang-araw-araw niyong gastusin,” he remarked.
Meanwhile, Go’s team provided masks and meals to each resident. Select individuals were also given new pairs of shoes, computer tablets and bicycles.
As Chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, Go appealed to the eligible beneficiaries to get inoculated and boosted against COVID-19. He reiterated that vaccines would not only safeguard them from the virus, but would also contribute to the nation’s recovery.
“Magpabakuna na ho kayo, mga kababayan ko, ‘pag nasa priority list na po kayo, libre naman po ito. Kung mahal niyo po ang inyong mga anak, ang inyong mga pamilya, magpabakuna na ho kayo,” the senator urged.
“Napatunayan naman po, ‘pag bakunado kayo, mas protektado po kayo at mas maiwasan po ‘yung pagka-grabe na sakit ng COVID-19 ‘pag bakunado po kayo,” he added.
He then encouraged the beneficiaries to visit any of the two Malasakit Centers in the province located at Rogaciano M. Mercado Memorial Hospital in Sta. Maria and at the Bulacan Medical Center in Malolos City if they need medical assistance.
Go primarily authored and sponsored the Malasakit Centers Act of 2019 to help poor and indigent patients with their medical expenses by covering various services and fees.
“Ang Malasakit Center po ay batas na, isinulong ko po noon, pinirmahan ni Pangulong (Rodrigo) Duterte. Ang Malasakit Center po ay one-stop shop, nasa loob na ho ng hospital ‘yung apat na ahensya ng gobyerno at tutulungan po kayo, ang PhilHealth, PCSO, DOH at DSWD. Zero balance po ang target ng Malasakit Center,” said Go.
The senator, who also serves as Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, likewise supported various projects to promote the development of the town, including the rehabilitation of a flood structure, and the completion, construction, and rehabilitation of various roads.
In Bulacan, Go also supported the construction of multipurpose buildings in Plaridel and Malolos City; rehabilitation of the Bulacan State University Activity Center in Malolos City; and the construction of slope concrete river walls in Barangays Meysulao, Meyto, Bulusan, Santa Lucia, San Jose, and San Miguel in Sta. Lucia.
On April 11, Go’s team distributed similar assistance to struggling residents in Meycauayan City.