The Office of Senator Christopher “Bong” Go extended assistance to 948 beneficiaries recovering from Typhoon Quinta in Barangay Sabang, Allen in Northern Samar on January 26, 2020, as part of the Senator’s efforts to continue providing aid to communities affected by natural disasters.
In a two-part distribution activity, Go’s team distributed meals, food packs, masks, face shields and vitamins to the beneficiaries at the Barangay Sabang Evacuation Center where the beneficiaries are temporarily staying.
During the activities, Go’s team made sure necessary health protocols were strictly observed to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) and other diseases.
Bicycles were also distributed to selected recipients for their commute to work amid limited transportation options. Others received computer tablets for their children’s use in classes as part of their blended learning being implemented by schools.
“Sa mga estudyante, mag-aral kayong mabuti dahil ‘yan lang ang puhunan natin sa mundo, ang makapagtapos tayo ng pag-aaral. Pakunswelo natin ‘yan sa mga magulang natin na nagpapakahirap para mapag-aral ang kayo (I call on the students to excel in school as your education is your only asset in this world. Also thank your parents for they are working hard for your education),” he said.
As the Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Go told beneficiaries that once a Covid-19 vaccine is available and deemed safe and effective by the Food and Drug Administration, the poor and the vulnerable, as well as frontliners, will be prioritized.
Go also offered assistance to those needing medical attention. He told beneficiaries that they can conveniently avail of government assistance for their medical bills at the nearest Malasakit Center located in the Northern Samar Provincial Hospital in Catarman.
The Senator explained that the Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop for their medical concerns, and houses four government agencies, namely Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation.
Meanwhile, as part of the government’s holistic approach to help communities recover, personnel from the DSWD were also present to distribute separate additional cash aid to beneficiaries. The Department of Trade and Industry also assessed potential beneficiaries of their livelihood program.
Additionally, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority also provided a special training for their employment program. The Department of Agriculture gave away seedlings and farming livelihood to recipients. SOVEREIGNPH