Bong Go gives assistance to QC senior citizens

February 16, 2022 People's Journal 286 views

Bong GoON Saturday, February 12, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go’s office mounted a relief operation for 201 members of Tatalon Senior Citizens Association (TACSA) in Quezon City.

In a video message to the beneficiaries, Go encouraged them to take part in the national vaccination program especially since they are more prone to COVID-19. He also reminded them to be extra cautious and to continue following the mandated health protocols against the virus.

As part of his appeal to strengthen vaccine efforts particularly to the unvaccinated senior citizens, the senator then urged the government to consistently intensify efforts to vaccinate senior citizens who have difficulties going outside their homes.

“Ang panawagan ko po sa mga LGUs na suyurin po. Kasi ‘yung mga senior citizens natin hindi nakakalabas, takot pong lumabas, takot mag-travel po papunta sa vaccination center,” said Go.

“Kailangan namin ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte ang disiplina at kooperasyon ng bawat Pilipino. Patuloy tayong sumunod sa mga patakaran at magsuot ng mask, mag-social distancing, at maghugas ng kamay. Kung hindi kailangan o may nararamdaman kayong sintomas, ‘wag kayong umalis ng inyong pamamahay,” Go further appealed.

“Huwag tayo maging kumpiyansa. Ayaw natin magaya sa mga ibang bansa na nagsasara dahil dumadami ulit ang bilang ng mga kaso nila,” he added.

The senator’s staff handed out masks and meals to the senior citizens at the Diosdado Macapagal Elementary School in Barangay Tatalon. Select individuals also received new pairs of shoes and bicycles while others were provided with computer tablets.

Representatives from the Department of Social Welfare and Development likewise provided financial support through its Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation program as part of the ongoing government efforts to cushion the impact of the pandemic.

To further ensure their well-being, Go offered additional help to the elderlies in need of medical attention and encouraged them to visit any of the 11 Malasakit Centers in the city or any of the 149 centers nationwide.

The center is a one-stop shop that streamlines the provision of medical assistance by bringing together concerned agencies under one roof, such as the DSWD, Department of Health, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.

Its primary aim is to help reduce a patient’s hospital bill to the lowest amount possible, pursuant to the Malasakit Centers Act of 2019, which Go primarily authored and sponsored in the Senate.

Go went on to thank all of the local officials for their dedication and determination in curbing the spread of COVID-19 while continuously serving their constituents.

To boost the economic development of the city, Go, who also serves as Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, supported the construction of an advanced Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and Vertical Expansion of New ER Building in East Avenue Medical Center, rehabilitation of the road networks in Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center and Veterans Memorial Medical Center, and the construction of several multipurpose buildings.

“Magbayanihan tayo at ‘wag kayong mag-alala dahil hindi kayo pababayaan ng gobyerno at lalung-lalong hindi kayo pababayaan ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte. Kinakalailangan lang namin ang inyong kooperasyon para malampasan natin ang pagsubok na ito. Makakabangon din tayo muli bilang nagkakaisa at mas matatag na bansa,” he ended.

Earlier this month, the senator’s team organized a series of relief activities for fire victims in Pasig, Taguig and Quezon cities.