The Office of Senator Christopher “Bong” Go delivered emergency assistance to the victims of two separate fire incidents in Alfonso and Bacoor City in Cavite on January 18.
“Mga kababayan, nabalitaan ko na nasunugan kayo. Huwag kayong mag-alala dahil nandirito kami ni Presidente Rodrigo Duterte upang magbigay ng tulong sa inyo. Huwag kayong mahiyang lumapit sa amin dahil trabaho namin ang magserbisyo sa inyo (My countrymen, I heard of the news that a fire has hit this area. Please do not worry as we are here with President Rodrigo Duterte to provide assistance to all of you. Please always feel free to approach us because it is our job to assist you),” Go said in a video call.
While strictly complying with health and safety protocols, the Senator’s team carried out aid distribution activities in Brgy. Pajo, Alfonso and Soldiers Hills IV Phase IV Covered Court in Brgy. Molino 6, Bacoor City.
They gave away meals, food packs, cash assistance and gift checks to a total of 128 fire victims or 37 families. The victims were also provided with vitamins, masks and face shields to help curb the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
Also, selected beneficiaries received new shoes while others got bicycles, an alternative mode of transportation amid the challenges of the pandemic. Others were given tablets for their children to use for their classes under the blended learning set-up.
The Senator, who also serves as chair of the Senate Committee on Health, offered to help those who cannot afford but are in need of medical care. He informed them that they may conveniently avail of medical assistance from the government through the nearest Malasakit Center located at the General Emilio Aguinaldo Memorial Hospital in Trece Martires City.
Pioneered by Go, the center is a one-stop shop which brings together the offices of the Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).
In addition to the aid his office provided, representatives from the DSWD also distributed separate financial assistance as part of the national government’s holistic efforts to assist those in crisis situations. Meanwhile, the Department of Trade and Industry and National Housing Authority committed to provide further aid upon completing their assessments.The Senator thanked both national and local officials for their dedicated service to the affected community. Among those present during the activity were DSWD representative Victor Neri, Department of Trade and Industry Cavite Provincial Director Revelyn Cortez, National Housing Authority representative Sotero Llamas, PCSO representative Darcy Geronimo, Bacoor City Social Worker Ariel Palencia, and Molina 6 Punong Barangay Ronald Javier, and other barangay officials. SOVEREIGNPH