Sun. Jun 20th, 2021

The Office of Senator Christopher “Bong” Go sent assistance to fire victims in two different barangays in Cebu City whose homes were burned down in two separate fire incidents.

Under strict health protocols, Go’s team distributed meals, medicines, financial assistance, food packs, masks and face shields to 217 families, comprising 840 individuals, from Barangays Pahina Central and Kalunasan on Wednesday, November 25. The events were held at the Pahina Sports Complex and the Kalunasan Gym.

“Suotin ninyo ang mask at face shield dahil delikado pa ang panahon ngayon. Mag-social distancing kayo, maghugas ng kamay at ‘wag lalabas muna ng bahay kung hindi naman kinakailangan,” Go advised.

Additionally, selected beneficiaries received bicycles, an alternative mode of transportation amid the pandemic. Others were given tablets for their children to use to participate in their online education under the new blended learning approach.

“Mayroon akong pinadala diyan sa inyo na bisikleta. Mayroon din akong pinadala na tablets para sa mga estudyante para magamit ng inyong mga anak sa pag-aaral nila. Pakiusap ko sa mga estudyante, mag-aral kayo ng mabuti dahil ‘yan lang ang magpapasaya sa inyong mga magulang, ang edukasyon, ang makapagtapos kayo sa pag-aaral. ‘Yan lamang ang ating puhunan kaya mag-aral kayo ng mabuti,” the Senator reminded.

Go also told fire victims that once the COVID-19 vaccine is considered safe, ready and available, the government will prioritize and ensure access to the poor and the vulnerable sectors.

“’Wag kayong mag-alala, kapag mayroon ng vaccine, uunahin namin kayong mga vulnerable. Uunahin namin kayong mga mahihirap. Kasama dyan ang mga market vendors para makabalik na tayo sa ating mga pamumuhay,” Go said.

Representatives of the Department of Social Welfare and Development were also present during the distribution of aid to provide additional financial assistance to the fire victims.

Personnel from the Department of Trade and Industry and National Housing Authority were also present to assess and validate possible beneficiaries for the livelihood and housing assistance, respectively.

Go also shared that Cebuanos suffering from medical conditions may seek assistance in the nearby Malasakit Centers at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Hospital and the St. Anthony Mother and Child Hospital.

“Ang Malasakit Center, batas na po iyan. Para sa bawat Pilipino po ito, lalo na ang mga poor and indigent patients. Hindi ninyo na kailangan pumila o mag-ikot pa sa iba’t ibang opisina. Sa isang kwarto sa ospital mismo, makakuha na po kayo ng tulong pampagamot. Hindi na dapat pahirapan pa ang pagkuha ng tulong mula gobyerno,” he added.

Aside from the aid being provided by the national and local governments, Go assured Filipinos in crisis situations that his office is always ready to serve them.

“Kahit saang sulok ng Pilipinas — nasunugan, tinamaan ng lindol, apektado ng pagputok ng bulkan, nabahaan, lahat ng klaseng krisis — pupuntahan ko kayo para pakinggan ang inyong hinaing, makapagbigay ng tulong o solusyon sa inyong pang-araw araw na suliranin, at mag-iwan ng ngiti sa oras ng inyong pagdadalamhati,” Go reiterated.

“Kung ano pa ang inyong kailangan, magsabi lang kayo. Lapitan niyo lang kami at tutulong kami ni Presidente Duterte. Magbayanihan tayo dahil sino pa ba ang magtutulungan kung di kapwa natin Pilipino,” he ended.

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