AFFECTED communities recovering from Typhoon “Vicky” (international name: “Krovanh”) received assistance from Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, who visited them on Jan. 23, 2021 in the towns of Trento and La Paz, Agusan del Sur.
As part of his continuing efforts to help communities, devastated by natural disasters, recover faster and build back better, Go provided aid to 1,384 victims of the typhoon that hit the area on Dec. 18, 2020.
Some 554 beneficiaries in Trento were given assistance in an activity held at the DO Plaza Park at Poblacion while 830 beneficiaries were aided in another activity held at the La Paz Municipal Gym.
Go led the distribution of meals, food packs, face masks, face shields, medicine packs and vitamins to the typhoon victims.
His team also went to La Paz a day earlier to provide similar assistance to another 922 beneficiaries in a distribution activity that was also held at the La Paz Municipal Gym.
As chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Go reminded the public to follow government protocols to prevent the further spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) and other diseases.
“Sumunod tayo sa gobyerno dahil kapakanan po ng lahat ang aming inuuna palagi. Paalala ko lang sa inyo na delikado pa ang panahon ngayon. Hanggang wala pang ligtas at aprubadong bakuna na ituturok sa Pilipino, delikado pa kaya patuloy po tayong mag-ingat (Let us follow the government that gives you the priority. The times are still uncertain. Let us be careful until a safe vaccine for Covid-19 is approved for inoculating the people),” he said.
Once a vaccine becomes available after being proven safe and effective by the Food and Drug Administration, the senator added, the government will prioritize and provide access to the poor and the vulnerable sectors as well as frontliners.
“Huwag kayong mag-alala. Uunahin namin ni Presidente Duterte lahat ng pinaka-nangangailangan. Hindi dapat kayo mag-alala dahil libre na dapat ito sa mga mahihirap, lalo na sa mga kapatid natin na nasa bukid na hindi alam saan kukuha ng bakuna o hindi man lang alam kung ano ang epekto nito. Hangarin natin na unti-unti na tayong makabalik sa ating normal na pamumuhay (Don’t worry because President Rodrigo Duterte and I will see to it that those who need the vaccine most will be the first to be vaccinated. This is free to the poor and those who work in the field and who do not know where to get the shots. We all want to return to our normal lives),” he said.
Go also provided bicycles to chosen recipients as public transportation remained limited because of the pandemic.
He also gave away pairs of shoes and Tupperpacks to different sets of recipients.
Meanwhile, computer tablets were distributed to other select beneficiaries for their children to use for their educational needs as part of the blended learning approach being implemented in schools.
In an interview, Connie Jane Ausa of Barangay Salvacion, Trento expressed her gratitude to the senator, saying she did not expect Go to help them personally.
Lewelyn Cano Ofamin of Barangay Poblacion, also of Trento also thanked the senator, saying God will repay Go’s kindness.
Personnel from the Department of Social Welfare and Development distributed financial assistance to flash flood victims.
The Department of Trade and Industry assessed potential beneficiaries for their livelihood programs.
The Department of Agriculture distributed vegetable seeds and provided agricultural grants to qualified recipients.
The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority assessed those who will be qualified for scholarships.
The Department of Labor and Employment also provided beneficiaries assistance through their livelihood program for displaced or disadvantaged workers.
The National Housing Authority profiled beneficiaries for their housing assistance or relocation grants.
The senator reminded the beneficiaries and the rest of the audience that the government continues its fight against riminality, corruption and illegal drugs. He said those who have been under the influence of illegal drugs and want to change their lives, drug rehabilitation centers in Davao City and Bukidnon may be able to assist them.
“Ako na ang tutulong sa inyo. Layuan niyo na ang droga dahil delikado ‘yan. Ang isang paa niyo nasa hukay na agad, at pangalawa, huwag ninyo sayangin ang pera niyo dahil lang sa droga. Ibili niyo nalang ng baon para sa inyong anak (I will help you. Stay away from drugs. Iit is dangerous. Don’t waste your money on illegal drugs. Instead, give it as school allowance to your children),” Go added.
He also thanked local government officials led by Gov. Santiago Cane Jr., Trento Mayor William Calvez and La Paz Mayor Michael Lim for serving their constituents well.
“Huwag kayong mag-alala dahil nandito ang gobyerno para sa inyong lahat. Tandaan ninyo, kami ni Presidente Duterte. Ppatuloy kaming magseserbisyo sa inyo dahil para sa amin, ang serbisyo sa tao ay serbisyo sa Diyos (Again, don’t worrry. President Duterte and I are here to serve you because in serving you, we are also serving God),” Go said.
Earlier, his team also extended similar assistance to flood victims in other areas in Caraga Region such as Tago and Tagbina in Surigao del Sur on Jan. 8, 2021 and in the Agusan del Sur towns of Prosperidad on Dec. 28, 2020, Rosario and Bunawan on Dec. 29, 2020, and San Francisco and Talacogon on Dec. 30, 2020.