On Thursday, November 26, an outreach team of Senator Christopher “Bong” Go met with the families affected by a fire that swept through Brgy. 43, Zone 6 in Pasay City. The team provided 32 families with emergency assistance for their immediate needs.
“Nakikiramay ako. Kapag may nasusunugan, unang-una ko na tinatanong kung may nasaktan ba. ‘Yung gamit naman, puwede natin pagtulungan o mabili pa ‘yan, ang pera ay puwede kitain subalit ang buhay ay hindi nabibili kaya mag-ingat tayo, mga kapatid,” Go said in a video call, before directing his staff to provide any necessary assistance to the surviving family members of the two casualties.
During the activity, a total of 118 beneficiaries were given meals, food packs, financial assistance and gift cards. They also received vitamins, masks and face shields to help protect themselves from COVID-19. The activity, held at the Rafael Palma Elementary School, was carried out in strict compliance with the government-issued health and safety protocols.
The team also provided bicycles to selected beneficiaries for their use in commuting to work given limited transportation options. Others received tablets so their children can better participate in their school’s online education activities under the blended learning approach.
“Sa mga kabataan, mag-aral kayo ng mabuti dahil edukasyon lang ang puhunan natin sa mundong ito. ‘Yan ang magpapasaya sa inyong mga magulang, ang makapagtapos ng pag-aaral kayong mga anak,” reminded Go.
In addition to his aid, a team from the Department of Social Welfare and Development was also present to extend separate financial assistance to the affected families. The Department of Trade and Industry and National Housing Authority both pledged to provide additional support upon completing their respective assessments.
As chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Go also offered the assistance of his office to any beneficiary who needed urgent medical treatment.
Those with health concerns were urged by Go to visit the nearby Malasakit Center at the Pasay City General Hospital to conveniently avail of medical assistance. The center is a one-stop shop where indigent and financially incapacitated patients may seek medical assistance from the Department of Health, DSWD, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.
The Senator reminded the beneficiaries to do their part and continue to practice the necessary health and safety protocols while they remain in temporary shelters. He vowed that President Rodrigo Duterte would ensure that poor and vulnerable sectors will be prioritized once a safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19 is available.
“Sumunod tayo sa gobyerno at ‘wag kayong mag-alala dahil kapag mayroon na ng safe na vaccine, uunahin namin ang mga mahihirap at vulnerable para makabalik na kayo sa normal na pamumuhay,” reassured Go.
“Huwag kayong mawawalan ng pag-asa. Kapit lang, magtulungan tayo. Sino lang ba ang magtutulungan kung hindi tayo, kapwa nating Pilipino?” he encouraged.
“Kami ni Pangulo Duterte, patuloy kami na magseserbisyo sa inyo dahil para sa amin ang serbisyo sa tao ay serbisyo po ‘yan sa Diyos.”