Around 272 public market vendors in Jolo, Sulu received assistance from the office of Senator Christopher “Bong” Go in a distribution activity held on January 6 at the Provincial Capitol Covered Court, Jolo, Sulu.
“Assalamu Alaikum. Kumusta po kayo, mga kababayan ko sa Sulu? Sana ay mabuti ang inyong kalagayan. Alam ko na mahirap ang buhay ngayon dahil sa sakit na Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019). Pero gusto ko lang sabihin sa inyo na konting tiis lang po dahil malalampasan natin ito. Magtutulungan tayo rito (Peace be upon you. How are my fellowmen in Sulu? I wish all of you well. I know that we are going through hard times because of Covid-19. But let me tell all of you that we should sacrifice a little bit more as we will get through this crisis. Let us help one another),” Go said in a video call.
Later that day, the Senator virtually attended the launch of the 97th Malasakit Center nationwide and the first in the province at the Sulu Provincial Hospital.
The beneficiaries were provided meals, food packs, masks, face shields and vitamins. Go’s team ensured that the relief activities were conducted while complying with necessary health and safety protocols to avoid the further spread of Covid-19 and other infectious diseases.
Selected beneficiaries also received bicycles, an alternative mode of transportation amid the pandemic. Others were given tablets for their children to use in their classes under the new blended learning approach.
As the Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Go told beneficiaries that once a safe and effective vaccine for Covid-19 is available and approved by the Food and Drug Administration, he and President Rodrigo Duterte will prioritize the poor and the vulnerable.
Since a Malasakit Center is now open in Sulu, Go also informed the beneficiaries that they may conveniently avail of medical assistance for their healthcare needs in this one-stop shop.
According to the Senator, the Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop where all four government agencies, namely the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Health, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and Philippine Health Insurance Corp., are already under one roof, with special lanes for senior citizens and persons with disabilities. The Malasakit Center will streamline the processes for Filipinos requesting government assistance for their medical needs.
Meanwhile, personnel from the DSWD separately provided financial assistance to the beneficiaries through their existing programs that aim to assist individuals in crisis situations.
Also, the Department of Agriculture also distributed vegetable seeds to market vendors. SOVEREIGNPH