DURING a visit to fire victims in Davao City on Friday, Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go said that he supports the creation of Metropolitan Davao Development Authority (MDDA), which several local government units (LGUs) in the Davao Region are pushing for.
“Pabor ako diyan. Kapag umabot sa Congress ang panukalang ‘yan, susuportahan ko. Susuportahan ko kung ano ang makakabuti dito sa rehiyon natin,” Go said at the gymnasium of Barangay 5-A, where he distributed financial and relief assistance to fire victims.
As announced by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte on January 10, six LGUs in Davao Region agreed to draft a proposal for the creation of the development authority. The proposal will be forwarded to President Rodrigo Duterte for a presidential proclamation and to Congress for its approval.
“Magkaisa na lang po tayo under one chairperson. Magkakadikit lang itong mga lugar sa Davao eh,” Go also said.
“Susuportahan ko kung ito ang gusto nina Mayor Sara at mga local official dito at siyempre kung gusto rin po ng mga constituents dito sa region,” he added.
Davao City, Digos City and the municipality of Sta. Cruz in Davao del Sur and the cities of Panabo and Tagum and the town of Carmen in Davao del Norte will comprise the proposed MDDA. Nabunturan, the capital town of newly renamed Davao de Oro is also poised to join the proposed body.
MDDA is designed to provide a single, integrated direction in developing the involved LGUs, particularly in waste disposal, traffic, infrastructure, security and disaster resiliency, among others. The Philippine Development Plan calls for the creation of such development authorities in metropolitan areas in Manila, Cebu and Davao.
Meanwhile, Go gave financial assistance, grocery packs and gift checks from a fast-food restaurant to the 476 families whose houses were destroyed in a fire near the Bankerohan Public Market on Wednesday, January 15. He also offered to pay for the uniforms and school supplies of affected students.
The victims received financial assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), medicines from the Department of Health (DoH) and financial assistance, relief goods and hygiene kits from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).
The Philippine Red Cross also gave free check-ups to the victims, and the National Housing Authority and the Department of Trade and Industry evaluated their eligibility for housing materials assistance and livelihood assistance, respectively. “Magtulungan lang po tayo. Sa panahon ng inyong pagdadalamhati, nandito ang gobyerno para tumulong sa inyo,” Go said.