Duterte, Bong Go give aid to Taal evacuees

January 15, 2020
Rodrigo Duterte & Bong Go
President Duterte and Senator Bong Go give food and cash aid to Taal volcano evacuees.

President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go visited and checked the situation of more than 1,214 families affected by the eruption of Taal Volcano who are taking refuge in Batangas City.

Together with other key officials, the President led the discussion on how to address and mitigate issues that the country is currently facing, especially with the possibility of Taal Volcano erupting again anytime soon.

The senator, whom President Duterte mentioned in his short message as someone who “hails from Batangas”, also participated in the relief operations and in the situational briefing.

During their visit, the President led the ceremonial distribution of calamity aid that consisted of food packs and cash assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), hygiene kits from the Department of Health (DOH), and food items from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).

In addition to these, livelihood and financial assistance from the government where also turned over by the Department of Agriculture (DA) for the benefit of affected farmers and fisherfolk.

During the briefing, the President ordered a simultaneous construction of “strong” evacuation centers and expressed hopes that the construction will be finished before his term ends.

“I hope that you can finish it before my term ends… I want projects that are doable and can be finished doing my term,” the President added.

Go, on his end, expressed support towards President Duterte’s statement during the situational briefing on building permanent evacuation centers, especially in areas vulnerable to natural disasters.

Go filed recently a bill providing for mandatory evacuation centers in all cities, provinces and municipalities nationwide.

Known as “An Act Establishing a Mandatory Evacuation Center in all Cities, Provinces and Municipalities, Appropriating Funds Therefor”, Senate Bill (SB) No. 1228 provides for the establishment of an evacuation center in every city, province and municipality throughout the country.

Go said that it is only necessary to build permanent evacuation centers nationwide to ensure the safety of Filipinos in times of natural calamities and other disasters given the  geographic location of the country.

“The Philippines is highly vulnerable to natural hazards, attributed primarily to the country’s loca