THE Office of Senator Christopher “Bong” Go distributed assistance to residents with medical needs of Sto. Niño, Guagua, Pampanga on Saturday, April 10.
During an activity at the Cerville Subdivision Covered Court, Go’s staff distributed meals, vitamins, masks and face shields to a total of 160 indigent residents.
“Alam ko po mahirap ang panahon ngayon, nasa pandemya pa po tayo. Magtulungan lang po tayo, malalampasan rin natin itong krisis na ito bilang nagkakaisang mamamayang Pilipino,” Go said in his video message to the residents.
The beneficiaries also received new pairs of shoes, while others were given bicycles so they can travel to work with ease while public transportation remains limited. Another set of recipients were provided computer tablets to help their children participate remotely in their classes under the blended learning set-up.
Meanwhile, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) also provided each beneficiary with financial assistance in a separate distribution during the same activity. The Department of Health, in turn, gave away additional medicines and vitamin supplements.
“Maraming salamat sa DSWD, mayroong programa ang national government na AICS (Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation). Bibigyan kayo ng financial assistance ng DSWD. Salamat din po sa DOH. Mayroon din po silang dalang mga medisina,” said Go.
With COVID-19 posing a greater threat to the sick and elderly, Go offered to assist any beneficiary or their loved ones who are in need of medical care. He also urged other Kapampangans with health concerns to visit the newly-opened Malasakit Center located at the Rafael Lazatin Memorial Medical Center or at the Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital in San Fernando City.
“Kung kailangan niyo po ng tulong sa pagpapagamot, mayroon na tayong 102 na Malasakit Center sa buong Pilipinas. Batas na po ‘yan, isinulong ko noon,” Go explained.
The Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop where particularly poor and indigent patients may conveniently avail medical assistance from the relevant government agencies, namely, the DOH, DSWD, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.
As chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Go encouraged the residents to be informed about the COVID-19 vaccines and vowed that poor and vulnerable sectors will also be prioritized after frontliners under the national vaccination program.
The senator went on to recognize the public officials who continue to serve and provide for the needs of their poorest and most vulnerable constituents and stakeholders, led by Guagua Mayor Dante Torres.
“Tandaan natin, minsan lang tayo dadaan sa mundong ito. Kung ano po’ng kabutihan o tulong na pwede nating gawin sa ating kapwa tao, gawin na po natin ngayon dahil hindi na tayo babalik sa mundong ito. Kami po ni Pangulong Duterte, patuloy kaming magseserbisyo sa inyong lahat dahil para sa amin ang serbisyo sa tao ay serbisyo po ‘yan sa Diyos. Maraming salamat, mahal namin kayo,” said Go.
The Office of Senator Go on Friday, April 9, also visited Angeles City and San Fernando City in Pampanga to provide similar assistance to almost a thousand residents affected by the adverse socio-economic impact of the pandemic.