ILIGAN CITY: In line with his promise to continue helping fire victims, Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go has arrived in Cagayan de Oro city on Saturday to extend moral and financial support to 535 fire victims or 169 families there and in Iligan City.
Go facilitated the distribution of some assistance from national government agencies such as Technical Education Skills and Development Authority, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Health and the National Housing Authority (NHA).
“Kinausap ko po ang mga kasamahan natin sa gobyerno para makapagbigay din sila ng tulong para sa mga biktima (I talked to some of my colleagues at the government so they may also extend help to the victims),” he said.
The senator led the turnover of P5,000 cash assistance from the NHA to each of the households, with an additional P3,000 from the DSWD.
He was assisted by Acting Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Joyleen Mercedes Balaba, DSWD Undersecretary Aimee Neri and local heads from various national government agencies.
Go went to Barangay Macabalan in Cagayan de Oro City, where the victims were gathered. He expressed his commitment to assist the fire victims as he brought with him relief goods like uniforms, school supplies and other assistance.
“May dala po akong mga uniporme para sa mga estudyante at mga office workers para kaagad po silang makabangon muli sa nangyari pong trahedya sa kanila (I brought uniforms for students and office workers to help them recover quickly from the tragedy),” Go said.
Go also expressed his steadfast commitment to continue to go around the country to help Filipinos victimized by calamities and tragedies such as fire incidents.
“Kahit saang eskinita sa Pilipinas, pupuntahan ko para lang marinig ang mga hinaing ninyo. Mayroong pitong araw sa isang linggo, ‘yung apat para sa mga session at hearings sa Senado. Ang tatlong araw, pwede po akong mag-ikot para marinig ang mga hinaing ng mga tao (I will come, no matter where in the country, to listen to your grievances. There are seven days in a week, four for sessions and hearings at the Senate, and three for roaming around to attend to people’s needs),” Go said.
Meanwhile, in an interview, Go was asked about his thoughts on President Rodrigo Duterte’s halt order on the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office’s (PCSO) gaming activities over alleged “massive corruption” in the agency.
“Hintayin na lang natin ang magiging resulta ng directives ng Pangulo (Let’s just wait for the outcome of the President’s directives),” Go said.
“Naniniwala ako na prayoridad ng Pangulo na huwag malugi ang gobyerno, kaya naman inuuna niya ang interes ng tao. Ayaw din niya sa korapsyon kaya naman napagdesisyunan niya na pansamantala muna itong ipasara para i-review at imbestigahan ang mga activities na inaprubahan ng PCSO (I believe the priority of the President is not for the government to go bankrupt, therefore he is prioritizing the interest of the people. He also does not like corruption, so he decided on temporarily closing and investigating the activities approved by the PCSO),” he added.
Go also clarified that the operations of Malasakit Centers all over the country will not be affected by the halt order.
“Budgeted na ang PCSO for this year, kaya hindi apektado ang mga Malasakit Centers (The PCSO has been budgeted this year, so the operation of the Malasakit Centers will not be affected),” Go said. “Ang nakolekta naman ng PCSO para ngayong taon ay para sa susunod na taon na (The collections made by the PCSO this year are for next year, anyway).”