THE Office of Senator Christopher “Bong” Go provided assistance to indigenous communities, former rebels and farmers in Mati City, Davao Oriental amid hardships caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“Mga kababayan ko, kamusta po kayo? Sana po ay nasa mabuti kayong kalagayan. Alam ko pong mahirap ang panahon ngayon, nasa krisis po tayo dulot ng COVID-19 pandemic. Marami po ang nawalan ng trabaho, marami po ang nagsara na negosyo, marami pong mga OFWs natin na umuwi,” said Go in a video message to the victims.
“Talaga pong hirap na hirap po ang bawat Pilipino kaya kailangan nating magtulungan, kailangan nating magmalasakit at magbayanihan sa ating kapwa Pilipino. Sino ba naman ang magtutulungan kung hindi tayo lang po, kapwa nating mga Pilipino,” he added.
The senator’s team distributed meals, food packs, and medicines to a total of 400 beneficiaries at the 66IB Advance Command Post, Brgy. Dawan. They also provided vitamins, reusable and medical-grade masks, and face shields to ensure the health and safety of the beneficiaries amid the threats of COVID-19.
The activity was conducted in batches and in strict compliance with the government-issued health and safety protocols against COVID-19.
Furthermore, selected individuals were provided new shoes. Others were given bicycles, so they can travel with ease amid limited public transportation options. Meanwhile, some of those with children also received tablets to help them access educational materials at home.
As Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Go recognized the difficulties of some communities in accessing vital medical care and offered his assistance to those in need.
The senator also offered to help beneficiaries with their medical concerns. He reminded beneficiaries that they may avail government medical assistance from the nearest Malasakit Center located at Davao Oriental Provincial Medical Center in Mati City.
“Kung kailangan niyo po ng tulong medikal, mayroon po tayong Malasakit Center sa inyong lugar at handang tumulong ito. One-stop shop po ito. Nariyan na po ang Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, Department of Health, at Department of Social Welfare and Development na handang tumulong po sa inyo, sa inyong hospital bills,” Go explained.
Other public hospitals can also establish their own Malasakit Centers provided they meet a standard set of criteria and guarantee the availability of funds for the center’s operation.
There are now 113 Malasakit Centers in the country since the program was initiated by Go in 2018, with the latest opened on May 20 at the San Pablo City General Hospital in San Pablo City, Laguna.
Manwhile, Go also assured former rebels and their families of the government’s unwavering commitment to help them reintegrate into mainstream society during a relief activity conducted in Calubian town, Leyte.
“Sa akong mga kaigsuonan, alam natin na mahirap ang buhay ngayon dulot ng pandemya at sunod-sunod na kalamidad na tumatama sa bansa. Huwag kayo mag-alala. Patuloy lang tayo magtulungan, magbayanihan at magmalasakit sa ating kapwa Pilipino,” Go began in a video message.
“Nangangako kami ni Presidente Rodrigo Duterte na walang maiiwan sa laban natin na ito. Hangad ng pamahalaan na magkaroon ng maginhawang buhay ang bawat Pilipino,” he added.
“Sa mga taga-Leyte, huwag kayong mahiyang magsabi o manghingi ng tulong sa amin dahil trabaho namin ang magsilbi sa inyo. Gagawin namin ang lahat sa abot ng ating makakaya para magbigay ng tulong sa mga nangangailangan at mag-iwan ng ngiti sa oras ng inyong pagdadalamhati,” pledged Go.
To ensure the continued delivery of government services in the province, Go has supported the funding for numerous projects in Leyte, such as the rehabilitation and improvement of the roads along the JNR – Makinhas – Ciabu – Monterico and the JNR-Hilongos – Liberty – Concepcion – Bagumbayan – Hampangan – Cacao – Utanan road sections as well as the installation of LED solar road studs along the Daang Maharlika road.
His personnel also extended aid to hundreds of young workers at the CEO Gym in Tacloban City and Montejo Sports Complex in Palo on Monday, May 17.