SENATOR Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go continues to aid fire victims in the country, this time visiting the affected families of two separate fire incidents at Brgy. 779, Sta. Ana, Manila, and Brgy. BF International, Las Piñas on Friday.
During his visit in Sta. Ana where 20 houses were destroyed by a fire, Go provided relief and financial and medical assistance to the victims.
The senator was accompanied by representatives from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP), National Housing Authority (NHA) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to provide additional assistance to the residents.
Go also brought with him grocery packs, food and cash assistance that were distributed to the residents of Maunlad St. Phase 4 and Mabuhay St. Phase 3 in Las Piñas who were affected by the fire incident that razed their houses on October 10.
“Importante sa akin na walang masaktan. Itong mga gamit natin, alam ko, mahirap masunugan, pero tatandaan niyo parati, ang gamit mabibili yan,” Go said as he comforted the fire victims. He emphasized that being alive is more important and that he will continue to extend help to everyone.
Go encouraged those who came from the provinces to go back home and that he is willing to pay for their one-way fare. He said, “Kung gusto niyo umuwi ng probinsya, ako na mamasahe sa iyo. One way lang,” pointing out that the population in Manila is already getting out of proportion and that life in the province is more sustainable for living.
Meanwhile, on the question of possible solutions for the transportation problems in Metro Manila, Go said that the construction of new transportation infrastructure and development of new cities could diminish the problem.
“May ginagawa ang government na infrastructure, (New Clark City), may bagong airport na itatayo sa Bulacan. Naniniwala ako na makatutulong ang mga ito para ma-decongest ang Metro Manila,” said Go.
Asked if the President is still open to the idea of invoking emergency powers to resolve the traffic problem in the metro, Go said that it might be a case of too little too late.
“Wala na. In two and a half years, ‘di na kayang solusyunan. Dapat binigay ‘yan 2016 pa. Maybe marami siya pwede gawin,” Go said.
“Napakahirap i-solve ang traffic ng Manila, kaya po, panahon na siguro na magkaroon na tayo ng bagong siyudad, labas tayo ng Metro Manila, sa Clark,” he said citing the New Clark City, and possible sites in Batangas and Davao where industries can invest, Filipinos can thrive and more importantly, where space for expansion is available.
“Ngayon may New Clark City, siguro sa Batangas. Kahit sa Davao din po gumawa tayo ng bagong siyudad, doon na lang po natin ilagay para malalapad pa po ang mga kalye, eh dito wala na pong lugar, no space for expansion dito,” Go said.
The senator clarified, however, that the government does not rest on these options. Go emphasized that the government continues to realize the plans for Metro Manila, such as those indicated in the ‘Build, Build, Build’ program.
“Meron naman pong ginagawa ang gobyerno. Itong ‘Build, Build, Build’ natin, yung mga skyway natin, infrastructure and then gumagawa tayo ng mga new cities like Clark. Maybe diyan sa Batangas, Laguna, at Quezon, lagyan natin mga bagong siyudad yan. Marami naman tayong mga proyekto,” said Go.
“New Airport, meron nga yatang gagawin sa Bulacan so kung may airport doon made-decongest na po not only the air traffic, pati yung mga pasahero na pupunta dito sa NAIA, pupunta na sa Bulacan. Maybe mag-i-improve po. Pero solve? Sabi ko nga, Superman lang po makaka-solve niyan,” he added.