SEN. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on January 19 personally visited Sitio Bukid in Barangay Tabing Ilog, Marilao, Bulacan to assist and check the welfare of the victims of a major fire incident on January 14.
“You know, life is harder these days. Last month, there was a typhoon, flooding, and now we have this fire incident. Nevertheless, my countrymen, I and President [Rodrigo] Duterte, will do our best to be of help to you,” said Go.
The Senator’s team provided meals, food packs, and financial assistance to a total of 195 families composed of 736 individuals. They also gave away vitamins, masks and face shields, so they can observe health and safety protocols.
Selected beneficiaries were given shoes, while others received bicycles for their daily work commute amid limited public transportation options. Others were given tablets to help their children study and access educational materials at home under the blended learning approach.
As chairman of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, Go pledged to assist any indigent beneficiary in need of medical treatments or services.
He informed them that they may also conveniently avail of medical assistance from the government through the Malasakit Center at the Bulacan Medical Center in Malolos City and Rogaciano M. Mercado Memorial Hospital in Santa Maria town, all in Bulacan.
The Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop which houses desk representatives from the Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippine Health Insurance Corp. and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. Go had principally authored the Malasakit Centers Act of 2019.
Go thanked Gov. Daniel Fernando, Vice Governor Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado, Mayor Ricardo Silvestre, Vice Mayor Henry Lutao, Punong Barangay Jesus Tabor and other local officials for their untiring service to their communities.
Earlier in the day, the Senator also led the distribution of aid for 1,273 public market and kiosk vendors in the town of Plaridel. A similar distribution of aid was held in Obando on Jan. 12 for 500 beneficiaries composed of fire victims and tricycle and pedicab drivers.
All activities were carried out in strict compliance with the government-issued health and safety protocols.