CEBU CITY – Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go gave early Christmas presents to 3,081 displaced workers and persons with disabilities (PWDs) affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic in Bohol.
In separate distribution activities from Dec. 9-11, the former special assistant of President Rodrigo Duterte who was elected senator last year provided meals, food packs, masks, face shields and vitamins to the beneficiaries.
In a video call during the distribution events, Go greeted his “kababayan nga Bisaya sa Bohol” (fellow Bisaya in Bohol) and wished them well amid the Covid-19 crisis.
“Alam kong may pandemya tayong hinaharap ngunit kailangan lang po nating magtiis at magtulungan. Malalampasan din natin ang pagsubok na ito (I know that we are reeling from this pandemic but we need to persevere and help one another. We will surely endure this trial),” he also said in a statement on Monday.
The first set of distribution activities held on December 9 at the San Roque Covered Court in Cortes town catered to 300 beneficiaries, and at the Dauis Municipal Gym in Dauis town for 742 beneficiaries.
The next distribution activities held on December 10 were done at Panglao Cultural Center in Panglao Island, which provided assistance to 1,020 beneficiaries in two batches.
On the last day of distribution activities in Tubigon town on Dec. 11, a total of 1,019 PWDs were assisted.
Go assured that despite the Covid-19 threat, he will continue to visit and extend assistance to Filipinos in crisis situations while complying with the necessary health protocols imposed by the government to avoid the spread of coronavirus.
“Sa Visayas, our staff went to Iloilo City to extend assistance to 2,500 market vendors last Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday until Friday, we assisted displaced workers in Cortes and Dauis, extending aid to PWDs, informal and cultural workers in Tubigon and Panglao,” he said.
As chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Go urged beneficiaries to strictly follow health protocols as prescribed by the government to further prevent contagion of Covid-19 and other diseases.
He also advised them to take the vitamins he gave away and to live healthy to strengthen their immune system.
Go assured beneficiaries that once a safe and effective vaccine is approved by the Food and Drug Administration, he and President Duterte will prioritize the poor and the vulnerable, as well as front-liners, including medical workers, teachers and uniformed personnel.
“Gamitin niyo po ang mga masks at face shield na ipinamimigay ko para maiwasan po ang pagkalat ng sakit lalo na’t wala pa tayong vaccine. Inumin niyo rin ang mga vitamins para lumakas ang inyong resistensya at kalusugan. Huwag nating pabayaan ang ating mga sarili na magkasakit sa panahon ngayon (Use the masks and face shields distributed to you to prevent being infected with the disease now that we don’t have vaccine yet. Take the vitamins given to you to boost your immune system. Don’t allow yourselves to get sick nowadays),” he said.
The senator also distributed bicycles to some beneficiaries that they could use to go to work given the limited public transportation options amid the ongoing pandemic. Tablets were also distributed to help the schoolchildren in their online classes.
He also offered to help beneficiaries with their medical concerns, reminding them that they may avail of medical assistance from the nearest Malasakit Center at the Governor Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital in Tagbilaran City and Don Emilio del Valle Memorial Hospital in Ubay, Bohol. (PNA)