SEN. Christopher Lawrece “Bong” Go personally visited affected residents of Barobo in Surigao del Sur to provide much-needed assistance while still dealing with the damage left behind by recent calamities.
“We still have hope. Do not worry because we are slowly going back to our normal lives. President [Rodrigo] Duterte and I will do everything within our means to help you,” assured Go.
The senator and his team carried out distribution activities at the vilages of Bahi, Poblacion and Tambis on January 29.
They handed out meals, food and medicine packs, vitamins, medical-grade and reusable masks, and face shields to a total of 3,321 residents in strict compliance with health and safety protocols.
Selected beneficiaries were also given new shoes, while others were provided with bicycles, so they can commute in areas with limited transportation options. Meanwhile, some received tablets for their children to use as they continue their studies at home.
The senator, who is also chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, also urged the beneficiaries to adhere to the government-issued protocols to prevent the spread of the coronavirus within their communities.
He assured that the President would prioritize all the poor and vulnerable sectors once the Food and Drug Administration has declared a safe and effective vaccine.
Until then, Go reminded everyone to safeguard their health while he offered to assist those with medical concerns. He informed them that they may now conveniently avail of medical assistance from the government through the Malasakit Center at the Butuan Medical Center in Butuan City.
Aside from the support that Go provided, various agencies also extended assistance as part of the national government’s holistic approach in helping disaster-stricken communities to recover.
Personnel from the Department of Social Welfare and Development separately distributed cash assistance for the victims’ immediate needs.
The Department of Agriculture, in turn, gave the farmers supplies of vegetable seeds and offered them financial grants for purchase of other equipment.
Meanwhile, the Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Trade and Industry, and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority committed to extend further aid through their existing programs for displaced workers.
Go, in his speech, thanked the local officials in Barobo under the leadership of Gov. Alexander Pimentel and Mayor Joey Pama for their selfless service to their community despite the challenges posed by the pandemic.
Despite the ongoing pandemic, the senator continues to reach out to Filipinos in crisis situations.
His office previously provided assistance to 1,000 typhoon victims in Barobo and San Miguel last January 7 as well as in other affected communities in the region the past weeks.