SENATOR-ELECT Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go expressed his gratitude to Cordillerans for their continuous support for President Rodrigo Duterte and for his candidacy during the midterm elections.

“Thank you to our brothers here in Baguio for the support and trust you vested in me in the last elections, and your continued showing of support for our President,” he told the crowd.

Go was warmly welcomed by Baguio City residents as he headed to a Kanyaw, a gathering of supporters who made a ritual offering and performed cultural dances on Saturday night. He shared home-cooked local food, traded stories and expressed solidarity with them, and joined a boodle fight with local leaders and community members.

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Senator-elect Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go shares a light moment with leaders of Cordillera natives during the Kanyaw held by his Igorot supporters in Baguio City on Saturday. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

In his message, Go promised to support more development programs for the Cordillera region and to push for measures that would improve their quality of life.

He mentioned some of the ongoing projects that the Duterte administration had in store for them, including the Baguio-La Trinidad-Itogon-Sablan-Tuba-Tublay (BLISTT) Outer Ring Circumferential Road, an 81.83-kilometer road that aims to improve access to economic centers and farmlands of high value crops within Baguio City and other municipalities of Benguet province.

He also vowed to address the concerns of the Cordillerans and continue to be their bridge to Duterte. He said he would look into the proposal of giving autonomy for the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), similar to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

“As a legislator, I will support measures that would be good for CAR. Whatever will be good for the region, I will help push,” Go said in an ambush interview.

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He added that the President’s fight against illegal drugs, corruption and criminality would remain a priority for him.

He reiterated his legislative agenda that include the creation of the Department for overseas Filipino workers, as well as crafting a law that would institutionalize the Malasakit Center, so the program could continue beyond the term of Duterte.

Other priority concerns under Go’s legislative agenda include the creation of the Department of Disaster Resilience to scale-up the country’s resiliency and preparedness in times of calamities and man-made disasters.

“It is time that we have a permanent department that would focus on and coordinate with all sectors to integrate government services in times of disasters and calamities,” he said.

“The elections are over. It is time or us to be united and start the more important task of pushing for the development of our country,” Go added.

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