Indigents in Pasig City get aid

February 29, 2024 People's Tonight 65 views

IN line with their efforts to help ensure that no Filipino is left behind in recovery, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go together with Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, were invited by Senator Francis “Tol” Tolentino to provide assistance to disadvantaged residents in Pasig City on Wednesday, February 28. The three Senators are officers of the PDP-Laban political party.

“Huwag kayong magpasalamat sa amin nina (Senator) Bato (dela Rosa), (Senator) Tol (Tolentino), dahil trabaho namin yan. Kami po ang dapat magpasalamat sa inyo dahil binigyan nyo po kami ng pagkakataon na makapagserbisyo po sa inyo. Maraming maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat,” remarked Go.

The relief activity was held at Barangay Kalawaan Covered Court, where 600 struggling residents received financial assistance from the government through the initiative of Sen. Tolentino.

Meanwhile, Go also provided them with snacks, grocery packs, masks, vitamins, shirts, and balls for basketball and volleyball. There were also select recipients of bicycles, shoes, mobile phones, and watches from Go.

Apart from the senators, other officials, including Councilors Eric Gonzales, Syvel Asilo-Gupilan, and Kalawaan Barangay Captain Jessie Gaviola, among others, were also present.

“Nagpapasalamat po ako kay Sen. Tol Tolentino na maimbitahan po kami rito sa kanyang pagtitipon ng mga napiling indigents, kami po ni Sen. Bato. At isa naman po ang aming layunin ni Sen. Tol, Sen. Bato, tumulong sa ating mga kababayan, makatulong sa mga indigents,” said Go in an interview.

“Alam n’yo, hindi ko po matiis na nakaupo lamang po sa opisina kahit na bagama’t hatinggabi na po ako natapos kagabi sa aking trabaho sa opisina at gumising po ako ng maaga kanina, para po makabisita rin po dito sa Pasig, makatulong man lang sa mga kababayan natin at makapagiwan ng tulong at kasiyahan sa abot ng aming makakaya,” he further shared.

The senator, the chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, also encouraged residents to take advantage of the services offered in Malasakit Centers nationwide, including the one at Rizal Medical Center located in the city.

The Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop that brings together relevant agencies to provide medical aid to underprivileged Filipinos, of which Go is the principal author and sponsor. The Malasakit Centers Act has assisted around ten million Filipinos nationwide through its 159 operational centers.

Another critical area of focus for Senator Go is the establishment of more Regional Specialty Centers, particularly in underserved regions. As the principal sponsor and one of the authors of RA 11959 or the Regional Specialty Centers Act, the new law seeks to create Regional Specialty Centers within existing regional hospitals under the DOH to bring specialized healthcare to all regions. Inside RMC are specialty centers, such as neonatal, eye, dermatology, and geriatric care.

To further help RMC, Go also previously supported the construction of a seven-story multispecialty building within the hospital’s compound and the acquisition of medical equipment.