Senator Christopher “Bong” Go has confirmed that President Duterte is set to sign within the week an executive order establishing the inter-agency task force to start the rehabilitation of devastated areas affected by the recent series of typhoons.  

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Sen. Bong Go and President Rodrigo Duterte (Sen. Bong Go / MANILA BULLETIN)

Go, chairman of the Senate Health and Demography Committee, urged concerned agencies that will be part of the inter-agency task force to “build back better” towards creating more disaster-resilient communities in the country. 

“Filipinos are known for their resilience and we have always been proud of that. But it is the government’s duty to ensure that communities are built to be more disaster-resilient to protect the lives of Filipinos,” Go said after leading the distribution of assistance to flood-hit residents in Marikina City yesterday.

The senator from Davao emphasized that while government efforts keep on improving in terms of disaster preparedness and response, there is a need to think long-term in order to mitigate and reduce risks in future disasters. 

“Let us think long-term. Bukod sa rescue and response operations, importante na matutukan ng task force kung paano gawing mas disaster resilient ang mga komunidad na palaging tinatamaan ng sakuna,’’ Go said.  (Apart from rescue and response operations, it is important for the task force to focus on how to make communities frequently hit by disasters disaster resilient.) 

“More than simply rebuilding, we should build back better. Kasi kung ibabalik lang natin ang nakagawian, mauulit rin lang ang problema kapag may panibagong kalamidad na darating,’’ he added.  (Because if we only go back to what we used to be, we will be having the same problems every time a calamity comes.)

Aside from providing help, Go said the creation of a task force is a step towards the right direction and must ensure that everything is synchronized, coordinated, and done well.

“I cannot stress this enough: Government must move as one to ensure that the delivery of assistance is timely, effective, and responsive,” he stressed. 

“Iisa ang gobyerno natin kaya dapat iisa ang galaw at direksyon natin patungo sa pagkakaroon ng mas matatag na mga komunidad,’’ he added.  (We have a single government that requires a synchronized and coordinated actions toward having more stable communities.)

While he recognizes the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council’s crucial role in disaster preparedness and response, Go said the council still needs help in implementing and monitoring post-disaster recovery. 

“Dito papasok ang Task Force sa recovery and rehab. May klaro itong mandato at kapasidad upang maimplementa ang mga programa hanggang makabangon muli ang ating mga kababayan. Hindi ito titigil hanggang matapos ang trabaho,’’ he said. (This is where the Task Force comes in in recovery and rehab. It has a clear mandate and capacity for the implementation of programs until our countrymen have returned to their normal lives. This will not stop until its job is done.)

He emphasized that President Duterte has been consistent in his marching orders for all concerned agencies to immediately assist all affected Filipinos, utilize all available resources to restore normalcy as soon as possible, and mobilize the whole government for a holistic approach towards recovery and rehabilitation. 

“I directed them to streamline (processes) para madali ang (to expedite) rehabilitation efforts affected by the typhoon,” Duterte said during his recent address to the nation, adding that he gave agencies a timeline to take steps without delays and cut red tape to speed up the process in helping the people. 

Go has also been appealing for the augmentation of calamity funds in local government units (LGUs) severely affected by the recent calamities given that most of their resources have already been spent in response to the ongoing pandemic. 

In his recent interview in Marikina, Go said his appeal has been heeded by the Executive Department as the President had already initially approved the augmentation of the calamity funds for severely affected LGUs. 

“Umapela po ako sa DBM (Department of Budget and Management) at kay Pangulong Duterte kung pwede maglaan ng kaunting pondo para magamit naman nila dahil depleted na po talaga ang calamity funds ng lahat ng LGUS na apektado ng bagyo. Magbibigay ng one percent of the IRA (internal revenue allotment) ang national government para makatulong kaagad sa mga tinamaan ng bagyo,’’ he said.  (I appealed to DBM (Department of Budget and Management) and to President Duterte that if possible to allocate some funds that they can use as the calamity funds of all LGUs affected by the typhoon were already depleted. The national government will provide one percent of the IRA to urgently help communities affected by the typhoon.)

During the same interview, Go has also expressed his grief over the death of some rescuers who lost their lives serving their countrymen.

“Nakikiramay ako sa mga rescuers natin, mga bayani po yan, nagsakripisyo po. Sa iba’t ibang parte ng bansa, may taga-DPWH na nag-rescue, namatay. Nakakalungkot na may nag-buwis ng buhay,’’ Go said.  (I condole with our rescuers, they’re our heroes, they have sacrificed. In the different parts of the country, one rescuer from the DPWH died. It’s sad that somebody sacrificed his own life.)

“Kahit kami ni Pangulong Duterte, handa po kaming mamatay para sa aming kapwa Pilipino. Magseserbisyo po kami dahil mahal namin ang aming kapwa Pilipino,’’ he added.  (I and President Duterte, we are prepared to die for our fellow Filipinos. We will serve because we love our fellow Filipinos.)

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By MARIO B. CASAYURAN

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go has confirmed that President Duterte is set to sign within the week an executive order establishing the inter-agency task force to start the rehabilitation of devastated areas affected by the recent series of typhoons.  

Go, chairman of the Senate Health and Demography Committee, urged concerned agencies that will be part of the inter-agency task force to “build back better” towards creating more disaster-resilient communities in the country. 

“Filipinos are known for their resilience and we have always been proud of that. But it is the government’s duty to ensure that communities are built to be more disaster-resilient to protect the lives of Filipinos,” Go said after leading the distribution of assistance to flood-hit residents in Marikina City yesterday.

The senator from Davao emphasized that while government efforts keep on improving in terms of disaster preparedness and response, there is a need to think long-term in order to mitigate and reduce risks in future disasters. 

“Let us think long-term. Bukod sa rescue and response operations, importante na matutukan ng task force kung paano gawing mas disaster resilient ang mga komunidad na palaging tinatamaan ng sakuna,’’ Go said.  (Apart from rescue and response operations, it is important for the task force to focus on how to make communities frequently hit by disasters disaster resilient.) 

“More than simply rebuilding, we should build back better. Kasi kung ibabalik lang natin ang nakagawian, mauulit rin lang ang problema kapag may panibagong kalamidad na darating,’’ he added.  (Because if we only go back to what we used to be, we will be having the same problems every time a calamity comes.)

Aside from providing help, Go said the creation of a task force is a step towards the right direction and must ensure that everything is synchronized, coordinated, and done well.

“I cannot stress this enough: Government must move as one to ensure that the delivery of assistance is timely, effective, and responsive,” he stressed. 

“Iisa ang gobyerno natin kaya dapat iisa ang galaw at direksyon natin patungo sa pagkakaroon ng mas matatag na mga komunidad,’’ he added.  (We have a single government that requires a synchronized and coordinated actions toward having more stable communities.)

While he recognizes the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council’s crucial role in disaster preparedness and response, Go said the council still needs help in implementing and monitoring post-disaster recovery. 

“Dito papasok ang Task Force sa recovery and rehab. May klaro itong mandato at kapasidad upang maimplementa ang mga programa hanggang makabangon muli ang ating mga kababayan. Hindi ito titigil hanggang matapos ang trabaho,’’ he said. (This is where the Task Force comes in in recovery and rehab. It has a clear mandate and capacity for the implementation of programs until our countrymen have returned to their normal lives. This will not stop until its job is done.)

He emphasized that President Duterte has been consistent in his marching orders for all concerned agencies to immediately assist all affected Filipinos, utilize all available resources to restore normalcy as soon as possible, and mobilize the whole government for a holistic approach towards recovery and rehabilitation. 

“I directed them to streamline (processes) para madali ang (to expedite) rehabilitation efforts affected by the typhoon,” Duterte said during his recent address to the nation, adding that he gave agencies a timeline to take steps without delays and cut red tape to speed up the process in helping the people. 

Go has also been appealing for the augmentation of calamity funds in local government units (LGUs) severely affected by the recent calamities given that most of their resources have already been spent in response to the ongoing pandemic. 

In his recent interview in Marikina, Go said his appeal has been heeded by the Executive Department as the President had already initially approved the augmentation of the calamity funds for severely affected LGUs. 

“Umapela po ako sa DBM (Department of Budget and Management) at kay Pangulong Duterte kung pwede maglaan ng kaunting pondo para magamit naman nila dahil depleted na po talaga ang calamity funds ng lahat ng LGUS na apektado ng bagyo. Magbibigay ng one percent of the IRA (internal revenue allotment) ang national government para makatulong kaagad sa mga tinamaan ng bagyo,’’ he said.  (I appealed to DBM (Department of Budget and Management) and to President Duterte that if possible to allocate some funds that they can use as the calamity funds of all LGUs affected by the typhoon were already depleted. The national government will provide one percent of the IRA to urgently help communities affected by the typhoon.)

During the same interview, Go has also expressed his grief over the death of some rescuers who lost their lives serving their countrymen.

“Nakikiramay ako sa mga rescuers natin, mga bayani po yan, nagsakripisyo po. Sa iba’t ibang parte ng bansa, may taga-DPWH na nag-rescue, namatay. Nakakalungkot na may nag-buwis ng buhay,’’ Go said.  (I condole with our rescuers, they’re our heroes, they have sacrificed. In the different parts of the country, one rescuer from the DPWH died. It’s sad that somebody sacrificed his own life.)

“Kahit kami ni Pangulong Duterte, handa po kaming mamatay para sa aming kapwa Pilipino. Magseserbisyo po kami dahil mahal namin ang aming kapwa Pilipino,’’ he added.  (I and President Duterte, we are prepared to die for our fellow Filipinos. We will serve because we love our fellow Filipinos.)

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