AS a continuation of the assistance efforts for the survivors of the disaster, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go’s outreach team returned to Tacloban City, Leyte to bring some much-needed relief to the residents who are still struggling in the aftermath of 2013’s Typhoon Yolanda.
An activity was held at the Tacloban City Astrodome where the team fed a total of 1,700 beneficiaries. They also distributed food packs, vitamins, medical-grade masks, and face shields to help ensure the beneficiaries’ health and safety and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Furthermore, selected recipients were given new pairs of shoes while others received bicycles so they can travel with ease while transportation remains limited. The team also gave away computer tablets to help students cope with the blended learning set-up implemented by schools.
“Nagpapasalamat ako kay President Rodrigo Duterte, Senator Bong Go, at sa lahat ng staff ng gobyerno para sa kanilang tulong dahil wala akong regular na trabaho. Dati po akong mekaniko pero pa extra-extra na lang ako ngayon dahil nasira ng Yolanda ang aming shop. Kung bibigyan ako ng pagkakataon, gusto kong humingi kay Presidente ng puhunan para makapagnegosyo ako kahit sari-sari store lang,” said Dequiña Ernesto, 62, a resident of Barangay 63.
In a video message, the senator offered his encouragement and support and reassured beneficiaries of the government’s continuing commitment to the members of their community who still require assistance.
As chair of the Senate Committee on Health, he urged everyone to exercise the necessary precautions against the coronavirus and not to delay or avoid medical care. Go offered to assist those who cannot afford to see a doctor, and advised those in need to avail medical assistance from the government through the Malasakit Center at the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center.
“One-stop shop ito. Nandiyan na ang Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development, at Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office na handang tumulong sa inyong hospital bills,” explained Go.
“Ngayon, kung hindi naman kaya ang operasyon diyan sa inyong lugar, sabihan niyo lang ang staff ko at tutulungan ko kayo magpa-ospital o magpa-opera rito sa Maynila,” he added.
In addition to the aid Go extended, personnel from the DSWD distributed cash assistance during the activity as part of a set of interventions by the national government for individuals and communities in crisis. The Department of Trade and Industry, and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority profiled potential beneficiaries seeking livelihood assistance and skills training, respectively. Meanwhile, the National Housing Authority is set to issue lot titles to displaced beneficiaries at a later event.
In his message, the Senator recognized the public servants who were at the forefront of efforts to revive the affected areas. He expressed gratitude to Mayor Alfred Romualdez, NHA Regional Manager Engr. Constancio Antiniero, DSWD Chief for Crisis Intervention Unit Irene Permejo, DSWD Social Welfare Office II representative Izy Cajipo, DTI Senior Trade and Industry Development Specialist Ernesto Montes, TESDA Specialist II Mark Butad, and CSWDO Head Fe Chona Baje.
“Nakikiusap ako sa inyong lahat na kaunting tiis muna tayo ngayon. Sumunod tayo sa gobyerno. Huwag kayong mag-alala dahil kapag tapos na mabakunahan ang ating mga frontliners, isusunod namin ni Presidente Duterte ang mga mahihirap para makabalik na kayo sa normal ninyong pamumuhay,” reassured Go.
“Dahil bisyo ko ang magserbisyo sa inyo, gagawin ko ang lahat sa abot ng aking makakaya para magbigay ng tulong sa mga nangangailangan at upang magserbisyo sa inyo,” he pledged.