Go calls for greater unity as PH overcomes pandemic as a more resilient nation

Go calls for greater unity as PH overcomes pandemic as a more resilient nation

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — Senator Christopher “Bong” Go called for greater unity as the
country overcomes the COVID-19 pandemic as a more resilient nation.

In an interview after launching of the 144th Malasakit Center, Go
explained that despite his vice presidential bid, he remains focused
on his duties as a senator and public servant, especially in assisting
the government and the general public in combating the COVID-19
pandemic.

“Magkaisa po tayo para mas mabilis na malampasan ang pandemyang ito
bilang isang mas matatag na bansa. Bayanihan at bakuna muna bago ang
pulitika,” Go said earlier.

“Sabi ko nga, mamaya na muna ‘yung pulitika. Unahin po natin ‘yung
pagseserbisyo para sa ating mga kababayan,” said Go.

Go also committed that he will not waste any opportunity to serve
fellow Filipinos in need and that he will be a “working vice
president” if elected by the Filipino people.

“Alam n’yo, kung papalarin po, I will be a working vice president na
hindi lang nag-aantay d’yan at babatikusin ang Pangulo. I will be a
working VP, walang masasayang na oras, walang masasayang na minuto,”
said Go right after the launch of the Malasakit Center at the
Marinduque Provincial Hospital in Boac, Marinduque on Tuesday, October
19.

“Ibig kong sabihin, magseserbisyo ako sa inyo. Of course, as a VP, ‘di
lang ako magiging spare tire na mag-aantay lang. Gusto ko po na
magiging worth it naman po ang pagpili n’yo sa akin bilang VP kung
saka-sakaling papalarin po. Tutulungan ko po ang magiging pangulo,” he
added.

Go mentioned that he is willing to work with anyone who the people
chooses to lead the country and has vowed to impart the lessons he has
learned from working with President Rodrigo Duterte over the years.

“Ituturo ko po kung ano po ang natutunan ko kay Pangulong Duterte sa
kanyang administrasyon ngayon. Tutulungan ko para maging successful
dahil ito ang panahon ng pagtutulungan, ito po ang panahon ng
pagkakaisa dahil nasa krisis tayo at papunta tayo sa economic
recovery,” said Go.

“Marami po ang nagugutom, marami ang nawawalan ng trabaho, so
magtulungan po tayo. I will be a working public servant para sa ating
mga kababayan,” he added.

Meanwhile, Go has also committed to continue advocating for
youth-oriented initiatives, asserting that education will help
families overcome poverty.

“‘Yung mga programang nakakatulong po sa mahihirap, sa mga kabataan
gusto ko pong isulong po ‘yun. Gusto ko at least one graduate per
family para meron na pong sumuporta sa pamilya na ‘di lang po umaasa
sa ayuda,” said Go.

“May trabaho po sa bawat pamilya, may graduate sa bawat pamilya, may
pangsuporta sa kasama nila sa pamilya,” the senator further explained.

In the Senate, Go has been pushing for the passage of Senate Bill 396
that would expand the application of the Special Education Fund,
giving local government units the flexibility to boost their support
to local public schools and facilitate the transition to “blended
learning” amid the pandemic.

Meanwhile, Go’s team has also been distributing computer tablets to
select students during relief activities organized by his office since
the pandemic began to help them in their blended learning set-up
implemented in schools.

Moreover, Go has also vowed to continue the legacy programs initiated
by the current administration especially in infrastructure development
and the fight against criminality, corruption, and illegal drugs.

“Of course, mga programang magaganda, mga Build Build Build, kampanya
laban sa kriminalidad, korapsyon, iligal na droga… dapat maipagpatuloy
ang mga iyan,” said Go.

“Mas nakakalakad na po sa gabi ang mga kababayan natin nang walang
takot kumpara po noon. Kaya mga kababayan na natin ang huhusga kung
may pagbabago ba sa inyong buhay sa panahon ni Pangulong Duterte. ‘Yun
po ang gusto kong ipagpatuloy at daragdagan ko pa po sa isang
gobyernong palaging nagmamalasakit,” he added.

The Build Build Build Program, the Duterte Administration’s ambitious
infrastructure development plan, is made up of hundreds of projects
that will be implemented throughout the country. The program’s
objectives are to relieve poverty, strengthen the economy, and
alleviate traffic congestion in Metro Manila. It is now dubbed by
pundits as the Golden Age in Philippine Infrastructure.

From July 2016 to December 2020, the Department of Public Works and
Highways completed the building, renovation, and improvement of 26,494
kilometers of roads, 10,376 flood control structures, and 5,555
bridges, reducing travel time and ensuring safety.

The Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3, the San Fernando By-pass Road, the
Bulacan Pulilan-Baliuag Diversion Road, the Sorsogon City Coastal
By-Pass Road, the TPLEX-Luzon Spine Expressway Network, and the
Urdaneta City By-pass Road are among these projects.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency reported that
between July 2016 to August 2021, it has seized PhP64.09 billion worth
of illegal drugs and laboratory equipment. It has also dismantled 893
dens and clandestine labs. It has also been reported that 22,858 barangays
out of 42,045 are now considered drug-free.

A total of 307,521 drug criminals have been arrested while 3,922 have
been rescued in anti-illegal drug operations.

Go then assured that he and Duterte would continue to serve the
Filipino people to the best of their abilities.

“Kami po ni Pangulong Duterte ay magseserbisyo po sa inyo sa abot ng
aming makakaya,” he ended.

Following the opening of the Malasakit Center, Go went to the
Gymnasium of the Marinduque State College in Boac, Marinduque, to
provide aid to Typhoon Kiko victims in the area. (ai/mtvn)

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