Sen. Bong Go gives aid to flood victims in San Francisco and Talacogon in Agusan del Sur
In the aftermath of Typhoon Vicky’s devastation in Agusan del Sur, the Office of Senator Christopher “Bong” Go gave assistance to flood victims in San Francisco and Talacogon towns in the province on December 30, 2020.
During two separate distribution activities held at the respective municipal evacuation centers of San Francisco and Talacogon, Go’s team provided food packs, masks, face shields, vitamins, medicine packs, and free meals to a total of 1,000 beneficiaries. The necessary health and safety protocols were in place during the distrubution activities.
Some selected beneficiaries were also provided bicycles while others were given tablets to help their children in the blended learning set-up.
“Mag-aral kayo nang mabuti dahil iyan lamang ang puhunan natin dito sa mundo – ang edukasyon. Kapag nakapagtapos kayo ng pag-aaral, magiging masaya ang ating mga magulang at iyan lang ang pakunswelo natin sa kanila na halos nagpapakamatay magtrabaho para lang makapagtapos kayo ng pag-aaral (I urge the youth to study well because education is your best asset in this world. Once you have finished your studies, your parents will be happy as they are the ones putting a lot of hard work so you, the youth, can finish your studies),” he said.
Personnel from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) were also present to distribute separate financial assistance to the typhoon victims, while the Department of Agriculture provided local farmers’ cooperative with a grain dryer, vegetable seeds, and rice seeds. It also offered financial grants to help farmers purchase other equipment and supplies.
The Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation extended additional support by distributing checks to qualified farmers. Meanwhile, the Philippine Coconut Authority sent both financial and agricultural aid in the form of fertilizers, rice, chickens, and eggs while local farmers received separate monetary support. The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, in turn, provided fisherfolk with fiberglass paddle boats and tilapia fingerlings.
Also, the Department of Trade and Industry, National Housing Authority, and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority all committed to extend aid upon completing their assessments.
The Senator, who is the principal author and sponsor of the Malasakit Centers Act of 2019, advised victims with medical concerns to go to their nearest Malasakit Center at the Butuan Medical Center in Butuan or neighboring Compostela Valley Provincial Hospital in Nabunturan, Davao de Oro.
Go said that the Malasakit Centers serve as one-stop shops where four government agencies, namely the DSWD, Department of Health, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, are housed to provide medical assistance to Filipinos, especially the poor and indigent patients.
Furthermore, the Senator offered to personally help beneficiaries who require urgent medical treatment on top of what Malasakit Centers can cover.
In his speech, the Senator recognized the efforts of local officials of San Francisco and Talacogon for serving their constituents untiringly despite the difficult times. He thanked San Francisco Vice Mayor Bernardino Ursos, Councilors Genden Dayondon and Edwino Dandan, Municipal Administrator Maurice Montilla, and barangay officials of the town.
During the distribution activity in Talacogon, he thanked Mayor Pauline Marie Masendo, Vice Mayor Melchor Demegillo, Municipal Administrator Gina Gatab, and the town councilors and barangay officials present in the event.
Earlier, Go has also extended similar assistance to flood victims in the Agusan del Sur towns of Prosperidad on December 28, and Rosario and Bunawan on December 29. SOVEREIGNPH