The Office of Senator Christopher “Bong” Go distributed assistance last Friday to Toledo City residents in Cebu province who were affected by a landslide in the Carmen Copper Mine, which happened on December 21 in the aftermath of Typhoon Vicky that claimed seven lives with three more people still missing.
During the distribution activity, 248 families received meals, financial assistance, food packs, vitamins, masks and face shields. The event was held at the Carmen Copper Recreation Center. Health and safety protocols were strictly implemented to avoid the further spread of coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
“Nabalitaan ko na nagkaroon ng landslide noong nakaraang buwan kaya mayroon lang akong kaunting tulong na ipinadala diyan. Gamitin niyo ang mga pinamigay ng aking staff. Inumin ninyo itong vitamins, pampalakas ito ng inyong resistensya laban sa sakit (I heard of news of the landside last month so I am sending some assistance to all of you. Use what my staff is giving away. Please take the vitamins so your immune system will improve against sicknesses),” Go advised.
Go’s team also gave away bicycles to selected recipients which will help them in their daily commute to work amid limited public transport option caused by the pandemic. Other beneficiaries were also given pairs of shoes by the Senator while another set of recipients received computer tablets for their children to use in their blended learning classes.
Go also offered assistance to those who needed major medical operations, such as heart surgeries. He urged beneficiaries suffering from medical conditions to seek assistance from any of the Malasakit Centers in the province, such as those located at Talisay District Hospital in Talisay City; Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center and Saint Anthony Mother and Child Hospital both in Cebu City; Lapu-Lapu City District Hospital in Lapu-Lapu City; and Eversley Childs Sanitarium and General Hospital in Mandaue City.
According to the Senator, the Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop where the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Health, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office are housed under one roof.
In his discussion with Toledo City Mayor Marjorie P. Perales, Go said the mayor told him that there is need to augment the funds of the Toledo City General Hospital for the benefit of the poor, and he will talk with the Department of Health to release needed funds for the hospital under its Medical Assistance for Indigent Patients Program.
The Senator also assured the beneficiaries that once the vaccine for Covid-19 is deemed safe by the Food and Drug Administration, and procured by the government, he and President Rodrigo Duterte will prioritize the poor and the vulnerable, including the frontliners.
Representatives of the DSWD separately provided financial assistance to the landslide victims. The agency also gave medical assistance as well as burial assistance.
Personnel from the Department of Trade and Industry were also present to assess and validate possible beneficiaries for the livelihood assistance. Additionally, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority also assessed beneficiaries for their scholarship program.