The Office of Senator Christopher “Bong” Go delivered assistance anew to victims of Typhoon Ulysses in the Rizal towns of Rodriguez on November 26 and San Mateo on November 27. His team previously assisted a total of 4,833 typhoon victims in Rodriguez and San Mateo during a series of distribution activities held on November 19, 20, 23 and 24.
During the aid distributions, 1,480 more beneficiaries were given meals, food packs, masks, face shields, and vitamins. The distribution activities were carried out in strict compliance with necessary health and safety protocols to avoid the spread of COVID-19 and other diseases.
“Delikado pa po ang panahon kaya gumamit po kayo ng masks at saka face shield, sumunod tayo sa mga patakaran ng gobyerno, tulad ng social distancing, paghugas ng kamay para po ito maprotektahan kayo at ang inyong komunidad mula sa sakit,” Go advised the victims.
“Kung hindi po kailangan, huwag po muna lumabas ng inyong mga bahay. Mayroon din po akong pinadala na mga vitamins, inumin niyo po ‘yung mga vitamins, pampalakas po ito ng resistensya. Alam niyo po, kapag malakas ang inyong resistensya, mas malalabanan nito ang sakit na COVID-19– hindi kayo basta-basta mahawa, basta malakas ang inyong resistensya,” he added.
Go’s team also provided bicycles to selected recipients for their commute to work as public transportation remains limited due to the pandemic. Others were given tablets for their children’s use in online classes as part of their blended learning being implemented in schools.
“Meron rin po akong ipinadalang tablets po para magamit po ng inyong mga anak na estudyante po sa kanilang pag-aaral. Mga bata, mag-aral kayong mabuti dahil ‘yan po ang kunswelo natin sa mga magulang natin na nagpapakamatay po mapag-aral lang ang mga anak nila,” he asked the students.
Go also urged sick or injured residents to go to the nearest Malasakit Center located at the Antipolo City Hospital System Annex IV, Margarito Duavit Memorial Hospital in Binangonan, and Bagong Cainta Municipal Hospital in Cainta to seek medical assistance.
The Senator explained that the Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop where government agencies with medical assistance programs are under one roof to help poor and indigent patients.
“Meron tayong Malasakit Center diyan sa Rizal, marami na po. Sa Binangonan, sa Antipolo, sa Cainta, at sa Marikina. Ang Malasakit Center po para ‘yan sa Pilipino, batas na po ‘yan. Ninety three na Malasakit Centers na po sa buong Pilipinas. Lapitan niyo lang po ang Malasakit Center, one-stop shop po ‘yan, nandidiyan ang apat na ahensya ng gobyerno na handang tumulong sa inyo,” he advised the residents.
He also assured continuous assistance from him and concerned agencies to other victims of natural disasters, such as typhoons, floods and earthquakes and other natural disasters and unforeseen hazards, such as fires.
As part of the efforts of the government to help affected communities recover, personnel from the Department of Social Welfare and Development also distributed separate financial and relief assistance to the typhoon victims through their existing programs to aid individuals in crisis situations.
Given the frequency of natural disasters and calamities in the country, Go stressed the urgent need to pass his proposed Senate Bill 205 which seeks to create the Department of Disaster Resilience.
He said that the new department will provide faster government response to natural disasters and calamities, such as typhoons and earthquakes, by putting together all related agencies under a single department.
Despite the ongoing pandemic, the Senator continues to reach out and extend much needed relief to Filipinos in crisis situations, especially those affected by the recent typhoons. Moreover, Go said that he is confident that the country will be able to overcome these challenges and ‘build back better’.
“More than simply rebuilding, we should build back better. Kasi kung ibabalik lang natin ang nakagawian, mauulit rin lang ang problema kapag may panibagong kalamidad na darating,” he added.
While the DDR bill is still pending legislation, the Senator urged concerned agencies that are part of the recently created inter-agency task force to expedite rehabilitation of affected areas towards creating more disaster-resilient communities in the country.
“Dito papasok ang Task Force sa recovery and rehab. May klaro itong mandato at kapasidad upang maimplementa ang mga programa hanggang makabangon muli ang ating mga kababayan. Hindi ito titigil hanggang matapos ang trabaho,” he explained.