Senator Christopher “Bong” Go’s team reached out to the residents of Pola, Socorro and Calapan City in Oriental Mindoro, many of whom are still dealing with the aftermath of Typhoon Quinta.
“Mga kapatid kong Pilipino, sana ay nasa mabuti kayong kalagayan. Pasensya na at hindi ako makakapunta diyan sa lugar niyo dahil marami pong bawal dulot ng Covid-19. Ganon pa man, mayroon akong mga pinadalang kaunting tulong para sa inyo (My fellow Filipinos, I wish all of you are doing well. I apologize that I cannot be here with you today because the coronavirus disease 2019 has caused restrictions. Nonetheless, I have sent some assistance for all of you),” Go said in a video call.
The team carried out distribution activities at the Pola Auditorium and Socorro Municipal Gym on December 12, and the Calapan City Plaza Pavilion on December 13.
They gave away meals, food packs, vitamins, masks and face shields to a total of 1,617 beneficiaries in a manner strictly compliant with required Covid-19 health and safety protocols.
Selected beneficiaries were also provided with bicycles while others received tablets so their children could access digital educational materials and participate in online classes.
He reassured that those who need government attention the most, such as poor and vulnerable sectors, as well as frontliners, including teachers, medical workers and uniformed personnel, shall be the first to receive the vaccine for Covid-19.
“Huwag kayong mag-alala. Pag mayroon na pong safe na vaccine, uunahin namin kayo (Do not worry. Once there is a safe vaccine, we will prioritize you, the vulnerable sectors),” said Go.
He also offered his office’s assistance to beneficiaries and their families who are in urgent need of medical treatment and services. Residents may also conveniently avail of medical assistance from the government through the Malasakit Center at the Oriental Mindoro Provincial Hospital in Calapan City.
In addition to the aid provided by Go’s office, the Department of Social Welfare and Development provided each beneficiary with financial assistance through their program to help individuals in crisis situations.
The Department of Agriculture also distributed financial assistance through the Enhanced Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita Inclusive Food Supply Chain Program as well as tilapia fries (smaller fingerlings) to fisherfolks.
The Senator also took the opportunity to recognize and thank Governor Humerlito A. Dolor, First District Representative Paulino Salvador C. Leachon, Pola Mayor Jennifer M. Cruz and Vice Mayor Leandro P. Panganiban Jr., Socorro Mayor Maria Fe V. Brondial and Vice Mayor Roy A. de Claro, and Calapan City Mayor Arnan C. Panaligan and Vice Mayor Gil G. Ramirez, for their tireless service to their communities during the Covid-19 pandemic and recent typhoons. SOVEREIGNPH