THE Office of Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on January 6 extended assistance to some 200 public market vendors in Opol, Misamis Oriental.
The market vendors received meals, food packs, masks, face shields and vitamins.
Go’s team ensured that the relief activity was conducted in compliance with the necessary health and safety protocols to avoid the further spread of the coronavirus and other infectious diseases.
“I hope you are all in good conditions. Just a little more patience, my countrymen. I know that you are now having difficulties, but we have to continue helping one another,” the senator said in a videocall.
As mass transportation remains a challenge for many Filipinos because of the pandemic, Go and his staff distributed bicycles to selected recipients. While others received tablets for their children’s use in their classes as part of the blended learning approach.
As the chairman of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, Go told the beneficiaries that once the vaccine for the coronavirus is available and deemed by the Food and Drug Administration as safe and effective, he and President Rodrigo Duterte would prioritize the poor and the vulnerable, as well as the frontliners.
He also informed the beneficiaries that they may avail of assistance for their health care needs from the nearest Malasakit Centers located at the Northern Mindanao Medical Center and in JR Borja General Hospital, both in Cagayan de Oro City.
According to the senator, the Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop where all government agencies — namely the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Health, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and Philippine Health Insurance Corp. — are housed under one roof, with special lanes for senior citizens and persons with disabilities. The Malasakit Center streamlines the processes for Filipinos requesting government assistance for their medical needs.
Meanwhile, personnel from the DSWD provided food packs and financial assistance to the beneficiaries through their existing programs which assist individuals in crisis situations.
The Department of Trade and Industry and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority also conducted their respective assessments to potential beneficiaries for their social welfare programs.
In addition, the Department of Agriculture also assessed those who will be aided with direct marketing of farm products through the Kadiwa program.