FOLLOWING his visit to Lucena, Quezon fire victims yesterday, Senator-elect Christopher Law-rence ‘Bong’ Go rushed to visit the 23 families who were left homeless after a fire broke out on June 17 at Phase 1, Ilugin St., Brgy. Pinagbuhatan, Pasig City.
As he visited the victims, Go shared one of his top priorities which is to provide housing assistance for fire victims wherein the National Housing Authority (NHA) will facilitate a 1-year moratorium on their monthly dues to allow them to recover from the tragedy.
“Kakausapin natin ang NHA para yung mga kwalipikadong makakuha ng housing assistance ay hindi muna pababayarin sa unang taon ng kanilang amortization. Ito ay para matulungan natin silang makabangon agad,” he said in his speech during the visit.
Go said he will push for measures to address problems of informal settlers and to provide affordable houses for all, especially the poor and homeless.
“Isa sa bawat limang katao sa Kamaynilaan ay informal settler. Kailangan nating mas lalong pagbutihin ang ating mga programa para sa mga nangangailangan ng mura at disenteng bahay. We need a long term affordable housing program,” he said.
Go stressed that every family deserves a decent home stressing, “Isa sa gusto kong isulong ang magkaroon ng long-term housing roadmap o plano upang matugunan ang 6.5-milyong kakulangan sa pabahay. Wala na dapat squatter sa sariling bayan.”
Go immediately went to Pasig where he provided the same assistance coming from private sectors and government agencies.
“Pinakusapan ko ‘yung mga kasamahan natin sa pribado at gobyerno, ang NHA, TESDA, DTI, PCUP, DOH, DSWD, PAGCOR, at PCSO na magbigay ng tulong at solusyon sa inyong mga pangangailangan,” he said.
He also emphasized that this kind of incident is a reminder of the importance of having an intensified fire prevention campaign.
“Kadalasan sa mga informal settlers natin ay walang sapat na kaalaman sa fire prevention and protection,” he said.
One of the top priorities of Go in the Senate is the improvement of fire safety measures across the country.
According to him, holding of fire drills and seminars on fire safety and prevention measures are only required in schools, government buildings and selected establishments. They are not required to be conducted in communities.