AS one of the world’s favorite “sparring partners” of destructive natural disasters, like typhoons and flooding, the Philippines ought to meet the many needs of the people during trying times.
For instance, concerned state agencies and offices should work in unison to ensure the timely, efficient and responsive delivery of government assistance to people affected by calamities.
This they will do by collectively developing an integrated, convergent and coordinated mechanism to provide a holistic approach to address the immediate needs of people in crisis situations.
“Hindi lang tayo dapat nagbibigay ng tulong. Dapat sinisigurado rin natin na ginagawa ito sa paraan na walang nasasayang na effort, pondo at oras,” said Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” T. Go.
A close associate of President Rodrigo Duterte, the neophyte but hard-working senator is now the undisputed “darling” of the sick, elderly and persons with disability not only in the metropolis but elsewhere.
Note that Go is the “chief architect” of the “Malasakit Center,” a one-stop shop where indigent patients can access financial and medical assistance from PhilHealth, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
He urged the DSWD, the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Agriculture to set up a technical working group that could study how existing efforts and processes may be further enhanced with regard to the efficient delivery of aid and critical services during national emergencies.
We share the view of the soft-spoken but highly-effective Go that there’s a need to speed up the distribution of assistance to disaster victims, including those housed in evacuation centers.
Like other well-meaning people, we cannot overemphasize the importance of coming up with a coordinated mechanism designed to ensure the delivery of public services during crisis situations.
It is good for the country and the Filipino people.