Bong Go visits Binondo fire victims

March 30, 2023 People's Journal 81 views

SENATOR Christopher “Bong” Go on Tuesday personally distributed assistance to families whose houses were damaged by a fire incident in Parola Compound, Binondo District in Manila City on March 13.

In his message, Go expressed his concern for the safety and well-being of those affected, reminding them that while possessions can be replaced, human life cannot.

“Kumusta po kayo mga kababayan ko? Sana po’y walang nasaktan. Dahil importante sa akin ang buhay ng bawat Pilipino. Tandaan natin, ang gamit po’y nabibili naman. Ang pera po’y kikitain natin subalit ‘yung perang kikitain ay hindi po nabibili ang buhay. A lost life is a lost life forever,” Go emphasized.

Held at the Delpan Sports Complex, Go’s relief team distributed grocery packs, vitamins, snacks, and masks to 113 affected families. In addition, select individuals received new pairs of shoes, cellular phones, bicycles, and balls for basketball and volleyball.

Meanwhile, the Department of Social Welfare and Development extended financial assistance to help the fire victims recover.

“Ngayong buwan ng Marso ay Fire Prevention Month. Kaya mga kababayan ko, mag-ingat kayo dahil bawat bahay na nasusunog, nadadamay po ang kapitbahay. Magtulungan lang tayo. Huwag ho kayong mawalan ng pag-asa,” he encouraged.

Go’s advocacy for the welfare of Filipinos extends beyond this particular incident. He has been vocal in his support for the government’s efforts to provide financial assistance to families at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. He has also sponsored bills that aim to improve access to healthcare and other social services, particularly for the poor.

In line with his priority to provide convenient access to quality healthcare services, Go offered to help those in need of medical care and encouraged them to seek assistance from the government through any of the five Malasakit Centers in the city.

A brainchild of Go, the Malasakit Centers program provides for one-stop shops designed to help particularly poor and indigent patients with their medical expenses by bringing partnered agencies under one roof, such as the DSWD, Department of Health, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.

The Malasakit Centers in the city are located at Tondo Medical Hospital, Philippine General Hospital, Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Hospital, and San Lazaro Hospital.