Tue. Apr 13th, 2021

As the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation in the country continues to adversely affect the lives of many Filipinos, especially the poor and the vulnerable, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go provided aid to 665 beneficiaries done in three separate batches in Baroy, Lanao del Norte on Wednesday, November 25.

Go’s team distributed meals, food packs, vitamins, masks, face shields and medicine packs to identified beneficiaries composed of fisherfolk, farmers and jobless upland dwellers.

“Mayroon akong ipinadala na tulong diyan sa inyo, alam ko hirap na kayo. Ngunit magtiis lang tayo ng konti. Patuloy din kaming tutulong sa inyo para makatawid tayo sa paghihirap na ito,” Go said.

The distribution activities were held at Fausto Alavia Memorial Elementary School in Barangay Lower Sagadan of Baroy. Necessary health and safety protocols were strictly complied with to avoid the further spread of COVID-19 and other diseases.

The Senator also urged beneficiaries to use the masks given and follow other health protocols, including frequent hand washing and observing social distancing.

“Gamitin niyo ang binigay kong mga masks para makaiwas tayo sa pagkakahawaan ng sakit, lalo na ang COVID-19. Mag-social distancing din tayo at maghugas ng kamay lagi,” Go advised.

During the distribution, selected beneficiaries were provided with bicycles which they may use to commute given the limited public transportation options as a result of the pandemic. Others were given tablets to help their children in their blended learning being implemented in schools.

“May pinadala rin akong mga bisikleta. May mga tablets din para sa inyong mga anak. Sa mga anak, mag-aral kayo ng mabuti. Nagpapakamatay ang ating mga magulang para lang makatapos kayo. Pakunswelo na sa kanila na makatapos kayo,” he added.

Earlier this week, Go attended the official launch of the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa (BP2) Program held at the Bagong Pag-asa Green Village in Barangay Tacub, Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte. The Senator also went to the opening of the Malasakit Center at the Kapatagan Provincial Hospital. He also informed the beneficiaries that they may avail of medical and financial assistance from the newly opened Malasakit Center. Go also provided assistance to market vendors in Kapatagan.

“Galing po ako diyan sa Lanao del Norte noong nakaraang araw. Nag-launch kami ng BP2 program para sa mga gustong umuwi dito sa Lanao del Norte at nagbukas din ng Malasakit Center,” Go said.

“Kapag kailangan niyong magpagamot, pumunta lang kayo sa Malasakit Center na matatagpuan sa Kapatagan Provincial Hospital at sa Gregorio Lluch Memorial Hospital sa Iligan. Makakatulong sa inyo ang Malasakit Center sa inyong pangangailangan sa kalusugan, lalo na para mag-zero balance ang inyong mga bayarin sa ospital,” he added.

In addition to the assistance provided by Go, personnel from the Department of Social Welfare and Development separately provided food packs and financial assistance to the beneficiaries through their existing program that aims to assist individuals in crisis situations.

Moreover, personnel from the Department of Trade and Industry were also present during the distribution to assess potential beneficiaries for their livelihood program. The Department of Labor and Employment also assessed beneficiaries for the emergency employment assistance for displaced workers, underemployed and unemployed poor.

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority also conducted an assessment of the beneficiaries who will qualify for their livelihood skills training.

“Magtulungan lang tayo at ingat po kayo palagi. Mahal namin kayo ni Pangulong Duterte. Sa mga Muslim, As-salamu alaykum. Minsan lang tayo dadaan sa mundong ito, kung ano ang puwede natin gawin o puwede nating maitulong sa ating kapwa, gawin na natin dahil hindi na tayo babalik sa mundong ito. Magtulungan lang tayo,” Go said.

“Kami ni Presidente Duterte, magseserbisyo kami sa inyo dahil para sa amin, ang serbisyo sa tao ay serbisyo sa Diyos,” he ended.

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