The Office of Senator Christopher “Bong” Go distributed assistance to 45 families affected by fire incidents that happened separately in three different cities in Metro Manila.
“Alam kong nasunugan kayo diyan kaya nariyan ang aking staff umiikot para tulungan kayo. Mayroon na ngang sunog, mayroon pang pandemya na inyong dinadanas,” Go told beneficiaries in a video call.
“Alam kong mahirap ang pinagdadaanan niyo ngayon, talagang mahirap ang panahon dahil may krisis tayong kinakaharap, pero ang gusto ko lang sabihin ay magtulungan lang tayong lahat. Malalampasan din natin ito,” the Senator added.
In three separate distribution activities, beneficiaries received meals, cash assistance, food packs, masks, face shields, and vitamins.
In Paranaque City, four families from El Dorado in Brgy. Don Bosco and in Reyes Compound, 4th Estate, Brgy. San Antonio received the assistance. Around 31 families in Barangay 154 in Caloocan City and ten families in Barangay San Roque in Quezon City were also provided with the same assistance. The distribution activities were held at their respective barangay halls.
The distribution activities were done in accordance with the necessary health protocols to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 and other diseases amid ongoing pandemic.
“Inumin ninyo itong vitamins para lumakas ang inyong resistensya. Kapag malakas ang resistensya ninyo, malakas din ang katawan ninyo laban sa COVID-19. Sumunod tayo sa gobyerno, mag-social distancing at maghugas ng kamay, magsuot din ng mask at face shield dahil proteksyon ninyo ito,” Go reminded.
Selected recipients also received bicycles for their commute to work given the limited transportation options amid the pandemic. Another set of beneficiaries received computer tablets for their children’s use in classes as part of their blended learning implemented in schools. Go also gave away pairs of shoes to other fire victims.
Go told fire victims that the government is working tirelessly to procure the vaccines especially for the poor and the vulnerable. He said that once a vaccine is available and deemed safe by the Food and Drug Administration, these sectors mentioned will be prioritized.
He also offered to help those who need major health operations. The Senator urged residents suffering from medical conditions to seek assistance in the nearby Malasakit Centers located at the Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital in Caloocan City, Ospital ng Parañaque in Parañaque City, and East Avenue Medical Center, National Kidney and Transplant Institute, Philippine Children’s Medical Center, Philippine Heart Center, Lung Center of the Philippines and Novaliches District Hospital in Quezon City.
“Ang Malasakit Center ay para ito sa mga Pilipino lalo na sa mga poor and indigent patients. Ano ang kwalipikasyon ng Malasakit Center? Basta Pilipino ka, qualified ka sa Malasakit Center,” Go emphasized.
Meanwhile, personnel from the DSWD were also present to distribute separate financial assistance to the beneficiaries. The Department of Trade and Industry also assessed fire victims for their livelihood program. Additionally, the National Housing Authority committed to provide relocation and housing assistance once assessment is completed.
“Kami ni Pangulong Duterte ay patuloy na magseserbisyo sa inyo dahil para sa amin ang serbisyo sa tao ay serbisyo rin sa Diyos,” he ended.
The Senator has been pushing for the continuous modernization of the Bureau of Fire Protection to improve its capability to respond to emergency incidents.
Senate Bill No. 1832, which is one of Go’s priority measures, mandates the BFP to develop and implement a fire protection modernization program. Through the bill, acquisition of modern fire equipment, expansion of the BFP’s manpower, and provision of specialized training for firefighters, among others, will be provided.
The BFP shall also be mandated to conduct monthly fire prevention campaigns and information drives in every local government unit, especially in informal settlements, economically depressed areas, and far-flung communities.