SEN. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go personally led the distribution of assistance to some 606 families and affected residents hit by flash floods in Calumpit and Marilao in Bulacan, on November 17.
Go visited residents submerged in 4-7 feet of floodwaters in Barangay Meysulao and Barangay San Miguel in Calumpit. The 250 families in these villages received food packs and cash assistance. The senator immediately proceeded to Marilao and met with the 356 affected families, who were also given assistance.
Go was accompanied by representatives from the Department of Social Welfare and Development, who distributed P3,000 in cash assistance to each family. The Department of Trade and Industry staff, for their part conducted a survey on the livelihood packages to be given to the affected Bulacan residents. The National Housing Authority provided housing materials for the reconstruction of homes.
Strict compliance with necessary health protocols was made to avoid the spread of the coronavirus during the distribution activities.
The Department of Agriculture also brought 25 million bangus (milkfish) fry for fishpond operators and owners, 100 sacks of rice and 5,000 cans of sardines.
“Kami po ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte, ang gusto namin ay masigurong safe kayo at matulungan sa abot ng aming makakaya (President Duterte and I want to make sure that you are all safe. We are extending assistance to the best that we can),” Go said, adding that he was grateful to the Bulacan residents because they gave him the opportunity to be of service.
He also shared with the residents that he has coordinated with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) regarding the rehabilitation of infrastructure in the province, including damaged bridges, to prevent the disruption of transportation in the area.
“Nakausap ko na rin ang DPWH, may mga tulay na nasira, sinabi ko na sana mabalik agad at maayos sa lalong madaling panahon dahil apektado po ang transportasyon at tatamaan din ang negosyo (I have talked to the DPWH, there were bridges destroyed, I told them to restore them at the soonest possible time because transportation has been affected and the businesses are likewise affected),” he said.
Despite the ongoing pandemic, the senator continues to reach out and extend much needed relief to Filipinos in crisis situation
Go and his team also distributed face masks, face shields, 20 bicycles, vitamins and 20 tablets. The senator’s team was warmly welcomed and accompanied by Bulacan officials headed by Gov. Daniel Fernando and Vice Gov. Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado, Marilao Mayor Ricky Silvestre and Vice Mayor Henry Lutao assisted by the local government staff.
On Monday, Fernando also initiated relief operations distributing food packs to over 14,200 families in the municipality of Balagtas and the villages of Borol 1st, Wawa, San Juan and Panginay.
With reports from JAVIER JOE ISMAEL