SEN. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go assured La Union residents the Duterte administration is committed to continue ushering in positive change and economic opportunities in the province through its various infrastructure projects and other public services in spite of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
Go, who chairs the Senate health and demography committee, also shared the legislative measures he has been pushing to address the needs of ordinary Filipinos around the country.
“Ako, nandito po ako sa La Union. Uulitin ko sa mga kababayan natin: ang bisyo ko po, makapagbigay ng serbisyo. Gusto ko pong makapagbigay ng konting tulong, magbigay ng solusyon. At patuloy n’yo pa rin po akong maging tulay kay Pangulong Duterte (I am here in La Union. Let me say it again to our countrymen: my vice is to provide service. I want to give a little help, provide solutions. And I will continue to be your bridge to President Duterte),” Go said during an interview after witnessing the launch of the Malasakit Center at the Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center in San Fernando City, La Union.
Some of the projects in the province include the rehabilitation of the provincial capitol roof, construction of the provincial capitol rain collectors and the construction and improvement of the Provincial Capitol Executive Building phase 2, all in Barangay 2, San Fernando City, La Union.
Other projects include the concreting of roads in Barangay Camblay, Bagulin, and the construction and excavation of the slope protection of the Burgos Public Market in Burgos, La Union.
Go also highlighted legislative measures that he authored or sponsored in the Senate, which are now enacted into laws, particularly those that seek to improve the country’s healthcare system by increasing the bed capacity and capabilities of various local hospitals.
Other measures he authored that are already enacted into law include Republic Act (RA) 11466, which increases the salary of government employees; RA 11462, which provides for the postponement of barangay (village) and Sangguniang Kabataan elections; and RA 11463, which establishes Malasakit Centers in all Department of Health-run hospitals and in the Philippine General Hospital.
Go assured that he continues to push for measures that would benefit the poor, the vulnerable and those who need government attention the most. Among his proposed measures include the establishment of the Department of Overseas Filipinos because of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and to improve government efficiency and effectiveness in the provision of necessary services from deployment.
“Ngayon na napilitan silang umuwi dahil sa krisis, dapat lang bigyan ng sapat na atensyon ang kanilang mga pangangailangan para matulungan ang ating mga bagong bayani na makabangon muli (Now that they were forced to return home because of the crisis, their needs have to be attended to in order to help our new heroes recover),” he said.