SENATOR Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go distributed cash assistance and grocery packs on Wednesday to the victims of a fire that killed one person and destroyed about 200 houses at the Fishport Market 3 in Barangay North Bay Boulevard South (NBBS), Navotas City on October 18.
“Kapag ganitong kailangang matugunan ang problema ninyo, pupuntahan ko kayo kahit anong oras po,” Go told the victims, who were gathered at the North Bay Boulevard North Elementary School.
The senator also said he would take care of the uniforms and school supplies of the affected children and offered to pay for the fare of those who want to relocate to their provinces.
The victims also received additional assistance from concerned government agencies, such as the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and National Housing Authority (NHA).
In his speech, Go requested government agencies to speed up the relocation of the victims. “Nananawagan po ako sa Philippine Fisheries Development Authority, sa LGU ng Navotas, sa National Housing Authority at sa iba pang miyembro ng Local Inter-Agency Coordinating Committee na pabilisin at i-fast track ang relocation ng ating mga kababayan.”
He emphasized that the new location should be comfortable and safe. “Kung saan po sila komportable at ligtas. Para di na po maulit itong parating nasusunog.”
The residents cheered upon hearing Go’s statement of support.
“Nalulungkot po ako kapag nababalitaang may namatay. Magtulungan tayo. Kaya nating bilhin yung mga damit, mga gamit. Yung buhay po, di nabibili, kaya ingat po tayo parati,” Go added.
He also shared that he has filed a Fire Protection Modernization bill in the Senate that seeks to modernize the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).
Senate Bill (SB) 204 that Go filed aims to improve the current state of the Bureau of Fire Protection, giving them better equipment and resources to train its personnel. The measure aims to provide modern fire equipment, hiring of more personnel to strengthen manpower, and trainings for firefighters.
Moreover, the bill also targets to establish Fire Protection Services (FPS) in all local government units (LGUs). The bill also proposes rescue hotlines in all LGUs to help the local governments respond immediately to accidents, disasters and calamities.