Legazpi City: Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go has vowed that 50 to 70 million poor Filipinos, including government frontliners and soldiers, will be given free vaccination this year.

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Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go gives out donations to National Housing Authority beneficiaries in the province of Albay on Feb. 5, 2021. PHOTO BY RHAYDZ B. BARCIA

Go told The Manila Times the first recipient of the free vaccination are soldiers and medical frontliners to build and develop confidence among the Filipinos who are hesitant and afraid of vaccination due to fear and loss of confidence.

He urged Filipinos to trust the government’s initiative for free coronavirus vaccination to bring back a sense of security and not to live in fear amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Our priorities are government and medical frontliners to get the confidence of the Filipinos because we want our kababayan to build and trust the government’s anticoronavirus free vaccination,” he said in an interview here.

He said 117,000 doses of the Sinovac vaccine, 5.5 million to 9 million from AstraZeneca, and another 117,000 doses of the vaccine from Pfizer will be arriving this first quarter.

AKO Bicol party-list Rep. Alfredo “Pido” Garbin said Senator Go’s flight landed at zero visibility because of bad weather.

“He always values his commitments in spite of the risks at zero visibility, Senator Go and his team still tried their best to make it here,” Garbin said.

Go went to Legazpi to lead the distribution of financial assistance from the National Housing Authority (NHA) for the typhoon victims of “Tisoy.” The distribution had been delayed for more than a year.

Garbin told Go of the need to build housing projects away from the hazard zone as most of the typhoon survivors lived along the shorelines.

“If there is a calamity rhetorically, we will rebuild again. We need to build a permanent solution that could withstand the stronger typhoons,” Garbin said.

At least 1,444 beneficiaries from Legazpi City were given assistance by the NHA through the Emergency Housing Assistance Program at the Legazpi City Convention Center. The Department of Social Welfare and Development Region 5 (Bicol) also distributed financial assistance to 1,395 beneficiaries who were victims of the typhoons and the Covid-19 pandemic under the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) program.

Go called for the passage of his Senate Bill 203, also known as the “National Housing Development, Production and Financing Act of 2019,” for the benefit of the poor and homeless.

The bill aims to institutionalize a program to address the housing needs of Filipinos by generating and mobilizing sustainable funds for housing and encouraging public and private sector participation.

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