FROM Masbate, where he extended aid to residents, Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Friday proceeded to Legazpi City, Albay and personally carried out another aid distribution activity as part of his continuing commitment to help local communities recover more quickly and build back better.

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RIGHT FIT Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go watches a beneficiary try for size a new pair of shoes given by his office to typhoon victims in Albay. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

“Patuloy kami ni Pangulong [Rodrigo] Duterte na magseserbisyo sa inyong lahat. Huwag niyo kaming pasalamatan dahil trabaho namin ito. Pinasok namin ang pagseserbisyo sa inyo. Kaya pumutok man ang bulkan, bumagyo, lumindol o kahit anong sakuna, pangako ko sa inyo pupuntahan ko kayo para magbigay ng tulong o solusyon sa inyong mga problema (President Rodrigo Duterte and I will continue to serve you all. Do not thank us because this is our job. In times of volcanic eruption, typhoon, earthquake or any disaster, I promise that I will go to you to provide help or solutions to your problems),” Go said.
A total of 300 typhoon victims benefited from the relief efforts held at the Legazpi City Convention Center amid bad weather.

Each beneficiary was provided with a meal, food pack, vitamins, face masks and face shields in strict observance of health and safety protocols.

Select beneficiaries were given new shoes while those facing difficulties in commuting to work received bicycles.

Others with children studying at home under the blended learning setup were also provided with tablets.

The senator encouraged those in urgent need of medical treatment to seek the assistance of his office.

He informed Albayanos that they may conveniently avail of medical assistance from the government through the Malasakit Center at the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital in Legazpi City.

This one-stop shop houses the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD),
Philippine Health Insurance Corp. and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office to provide convenient access to medical assistance from the agencies’ existing programs.

There are 100 Malasakit Centers now operating in government-run hospitals throughout the country.

As chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Go reminded everyone to protect themselves from the threat of Covid-19 by wearing face masks and face shields in public, observing physical distancing and practicing proper hand washing.

He vowed that the poor and vulnerable sectors would be among the first to be vaccinated once the Food and Drug Administration has declared a safe and effective Covid-19 vaccine.

In addition to the senator’s office, national agencies also extended aid as part of the government’s ongoing efforts to assist individuals and communities, affected by the pandemic and other crisis situations.

The DSWD provided beneficiaries with financial assistance for their daily needs.

The National Housing Authority, in turn, distributed additional financial assistance in order that families could rebuild their homes.

The senator recognized local officials for their untiring service to their constituents despite the challenges posed by the pandemic.

He specifically thanked Ako Bicol party-list Rep. Alfredo Garbin Jr., Ang Probinsyano party-list Rep. Alfred delos Santos, Gov. Al Francis Bichara, Vice Gov. Edcel Lagman, Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal and Vice Mayor Oscar Cristobal and Libon Mayor Wilfredo Maronilla.

Earlier that day, the senator and his team also distributed aid to 1,000 residents in the municipality of Dimasalang, Masbate.

Over the weekend, Go’s team stayed in Bicol and provided aid to other affected communities.

All activities were conducted in strict compliance with government-issued health and safety protocols against Covid-19.

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