THE Office of Senator Christopher “Bong” Go distributed assistance on Tuesday, January 5, to fire victims whose houses were burned down during a fire in Purok 2, Brgy. Culiat, Quezon City.
Not limiting his work to legislation, Go continues to discharge his duties to his constituents as his office goes around the country to address the concerns of ordinary Filipinos amid the pandemic, natural disasters and other unforeseen incidents, such as fires.
“As I have said numerous times, I will not limit myself to serving as a Senator only. Bilang public servant, magseserbisyo po ako sa inyo kahit saan man kayo sa mundo para tugunan ang inyong mga suliranin, pakinggan ang inyong mga hinaing, at mag-iwan ng ngiti sa oras ng inyong pagdadalamhati,” Go repeatedly said.
“Para sa amin, walang tulog ang serbisyo, lalo na sa oras ng inyong pangangailangan. Kahit anumang problema ang inyong kinakaharap — nasunugan, tinamaan ng lindol, apektado ng pagputok ng bulkan, nabahaan, lahat ng klaseng krisis — handa akong tumulong at magserbisyo sa inyo sa abot ng aking makakaya,” he added.
While complying with strict health and safety protocols imposed by authorities, Go’s team distributed meals, medicines, financial assistance, food packs, vitamins, masks, and face shields to 101 families, comprising 352 individuals in Quezon City.
In a video message to the victims, Go expressed his concern and support for them, saying that he immediately instructed his staff to come to their aid upon finding out about their situation.
“Nabalitaan ko po na nasunugan kayo noong nakaraang linggo. Sana po’y nasa mabuti kayong kalagayan,” said Go.
“Hindi na po ako makaantay, kaya pinapunta ko ‘yung mga staff ko diyan para makapagbigay ng tulong dahil nandidito pa po kami ni Pangulong (Rodrigo) Duterte sa Mindanao,” he added.
The senator also thanked the barangay officials for taking care of their constituents, led by Punong Barangay Victor Bernardo.
“Maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat, sa inyong tulong. Mayro’n nang pandemya, mayro’n pang sunog. Alam ko, nahihirapan kayo sa ating sitwasyon ngayon. Magtulungan lang po tayo at konting tiis lang po, mga kababayan ko,” Go encouraged the residents.
“Malalagpasan din natin ang krisis na ito subalit kailangan nating tumulong sa isa’t isa. Sino ba naman ang magtutulungan kundi tayong mga kapwa Pilipino?” he added.
Aside from the said assistance, Go’s team also gave selected recipients bicycles which will help them in their daily commute to work amid limited public transport options. Others were given tablets for their children to use to participate in their classes under the new blended learning approach.
Go also told the fire victims that once the COVID-19 vaccine is considered safe, effective and available, the government will prioritize and ensure access to the poor, the vulnerable sectors, and the frontliners.
Meanwhile, representatives of the Department of Social Welfare and Development were also present during the distribution of aid to provide separate financial assistance to the fire victims. The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office staff also gave grocery packs, hygiene kits, rice, and blankets to the victims.
Personnel from the Department of Trade and Industry and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority assessed and validated possible beneficiaries for the livelihood and scholarship assistance, respectively, from the government.
Go also urged beneficiaries suffering from medical conditions to seek assistance in the nearby Malasakit Centers located at the Lung Center of the Philippines, Novaliches District Hospital, Philippine Heart Center, Philippine Children’s Medical Center, National Kidney and Transplant Institute, and East Avenue Medical Center, all in Quezon City.
“Ang pakiusap ko sa inyo, tumulong tayo sa ating kapwa. Magbayanihan tayo para malagpasan natin ang krisis na ating kinakaharap ngayon. Huwag kayo mawalan ng pag-asa dahil hindi kayo pababayaan ng gobyernong palaging nagmamalasakit sa inyo,” he ended.