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.
“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.
On Monday, November 30, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go spent the morning visiting flood victims at the Samonte Park in Cavite City to check on their welfare and lead the distribution of emergency assistance. Some 500 received relief packages.
“Huwag kayong magpasalamat sa amin dahil trabaho namin ang magserbisyo sa inyo. Kami ang dapat magpasalamat sa inyo dahil binigyan ninyo kami ng pagkakataon na magserbisyo sa ating bayan,” he added.
Heavy rains from Typhoons Quinta, Rolly and Ulysses had triggered floods displacing thousands of Filipinos in early November. Hence, Go’s team continues to respond to calls for help and distribute aid to various affected towns and cities in Cavite and in other provinces, such as Rizal, Cagayan, Isabela, and in Metro Manila as well as in Bicol Region.
Whole of government
As part of the Duterte Administration’s commitment to implement a whole-of-government approach towards recovery of affected communities, various agencies were also present during the activity to aid the residents.
Representatives from the Department of Social Welfare and Development provided each household with financial assistance. The Department of Trade and Industry and National Housing Authority both committed to extend aid upon completing their assessment of the beneficiaries’ immediate needs for livelihood and housing, respectively.
Meanwhile, the Department of Agriculture granted financial assistance to qualified farmers and fisherfolk under the Enhanced KADIWA ni Ani at Kita Inclusive Food Supply Chain Program. They also distributed perishable and non-perishable food items to the neediest households.
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.
Go also urged sick or injured residents in Rizal province to go to the 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.
He directed those from Cavite to go to the Malasakit Center at General Emilio Aguinaldo Memorial Hospital in Trece Martires City.
Go explained that Malasakit Centers are a one-stop shop which brings together the offices of the Department of Health, DSWD, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.
At the end of the activity In Cavite City, the Senator also recognized the efforts of local officials for their dedication to serve their constituents. Among those present during the activity were Vice Governor Ramon Revilla III, Board Member Romel R. Enriquez, Mayor Bernardo S. Paredes, Association of Barangay Captains President Apple P. Paredes and National Youth Commission Chair Ryan R. Enriquez.