SEN. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go recently visited typhoon victims in Agusan del Sur to extend aid and provide hope of a better life in 2021.

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Sen. Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go helps a man fit a new pair of rubber shoes while actor Philip Salvador looks on during a program in Agusan del Sur on Dec. 28, 2020. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The senator and his team on Tuesday distributed food and medicine packs, vitamins, and face masks and face shields to 500 typhoon victims.

They observed health protocols during the distribution activity held at the Zotico Moday Sports Complex and Cultural Center in Bunawan to avoid the spread of Covid-19.

Go conducted similar activities for 1,000 typhoon victims in the towns of Prosperidad and Rosario on December 28 and December 29, respectively.

“The secret that President Duterte taught me was to prioritize and love fellow Filipinos. If I die on my way home, I’ll be happy because I was able to visit Bunawan and provided service to my fellowmen,” Go said in Filipino.

Selected beneficiaries also received shoes from him. Others were provided with bicycles for their commute to work given the limited public transportation options because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Another set of beneficiaries were given tablets so their children can participate better in the blended learning setup being implemented in schools.

The chairman of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography noted that the pandemic had overburdened many people with their medical and health care needs; he offered to assist those in need of medical assistance.

“Just approach us. We will help with your medical needs.”

Go promised that a Malasakit Center would also be opened in Agusan del Sur soon and advised them in the meantime to seek help from the government through the Malasakit Center at the Butuan Medical Center in Butuan City or in neighboring Compostela Valley Provincial Hospital in Nabunturan, Davao de Oro.

The Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop where patients can avail medical assistance from the Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippine Health Insurance Corp. and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. Go authored and sponsored Republic Act 11463, or the “Malasakit Centers Act of 2019.”

The lawmaker also reminded everyone to refrain from holding parties or any mass gathering to celebrate the New Year to stem the spread of the pandemic. “We need your cooperation.”

National agencies also extended assistance as part of the government’s holistic approach to help affected communities recover from the calamity.

Go lauded provincial and local officials, led by Gov. Santiago Cane Jr. and Vice Gov. Samuel Tortor, for their service.

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