Go aids communities in Marinduque recovering from Typhoon Jolina

Go aids communities in Marinduque recovering from Typhoon Jolina

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — As Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go remains committed
to bring necessary aid to disaster-affected communities amid
pandemic, he went to Boac, Marinduque on Tuesday, October 19, to
personally provide assistance to 557 Typhoon Jolina victims.

Go appealed to his fellow public servants to continue working
hand-in-hand in order to overcome the crisis as one nation.

The senator likewise encouraged Filipinos to stay vigilant,
cooperative, and supportive of the government’s response efforts to
stop the spread of COVID-19.

“Mga kababayan ko, magtiwala ho kayo sa gobyerno. Magtiwala ho kayo
kay Pangulong Duterte, mahal niya po kayo,” he said.

Go also appealed to the public to get vaccinated against COVID-19. He
assured that once the country attains population protection leading to
herd immunity, the government can consider relaxing more economic
restrictions.

“Magtiwala ho kayo sa bakuna. Ang bakuna po ang tanging susi o
solusyon sa ngayon para unti-unti na tayong makabalik sa ating normal
na pamumuhay, wala na pong iba,” Go said.

“Pag bakunado ka, tamaan ka man ng sakit, nasa datos po na sa mahigit
na 26 million na bakunado na Pilipino (napaka liit na porsyento
lamang) ang namatay o severe ang pagkasakit. Ibig po sabihin nito ay
epektibo ang bakuna,” he added.

“Please lang, kapag dumating ‘yung bakuna sa harapan ninyo,
magpabakuna na kayo. Pakiusap lang namin ni Pangulong Duterte,
magpabakuna na kayo kung mahal niyo po ang inyong anak at ang inyong
mga pamilya,” he expressed further.

The senator then reassured that even after the term of President
Rodrigo Duterte, he will remain focused on his duties of ensuring that
no Filipino will be left behind towards recovery.

“Tutulungan ko po ang magiging pangulo. Itutulong ko po kung ano po
‘yung natutunan ko kay Pangulong Duterte sa kanyang administrasyon
ngayon. Tutulungan ko para mas lalong maging successful, dahil ito po
‘yung panahon ng pagtutulungan. Ito po ‘yung panahon ng pagkakaisa
dahil nasa krisis po tayo,” Go expressed in an interview.

“Papunta po tayo sa economic recovery. Marami pong nagugutom, maraming
nawawalan ng trabaho. Magtulungan po tayo at asahan ninyo na patuloy
akong magiging working public servant ng ating mga kababayan,” he
added.

The distribution activity was conducted at Marinduque State University
Gymnasium where his team strictly enforced necessary safety and health
protocols to ensure the safety of everyone. Go’s outreach team then
handed out grocery packs, meals, masks, face shields, and vitamins to
the beneficiaries while the Department of Health gave them health
kits.

In addition, Senator Go gave new pairs of shoes and bicycles to
selected recipients, as well as computer tablets intended for
education under the blended learning setup.

“Edukasyon ang puhunan natin sa mundong ito. Sa mga kabataan, sasaya
ang inyong magulang kapag nakapagtapos kayo ng pag-aaral. Lahat po
tayong mga magulang, gusto natin makapagtapos ang ating mga anak,”
said Go.

“Pagdating ng panahon, kung papalarin po ay gusto ko at least one
graduate per family ang hangad natin. Para mayro’n na pong sumuporta
sa pamilya, na hindi lang po umaasa sa ayuda. Para magkaroon ng
trabaho sa bawat pamilya, may graduate po sa bawat pamilya, mayro’n
pong pangsuporta po sa mga kasama nila sa pamilya. Iyon po ang aking
target,” Go reaffirmed in an interview.

To further help them recover from the calamity and sustain their basic
necessities, the Department of Social Welfare and Development gave
financial assistance to the typhoon victims in a separate
distribution.

Senator Go, who also serves as the Chair of Senate Committee on Health
and Demography, urged the public to prioritize their health as he
offered assistance to address their medical concerns.

He also attended the launch of the 144th Malasakit Center earlier that
day. He informed residents that they may conveniently get medical
assistance from the government at the newly opened Malasakit Center
located at the Marinduque Provincial Hospital.

The center is a one-stop shop which brings together under one roof the
agencies from which patients may seek medical assistance, namely the
DSWD, DOH, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and Philippine
Charity Sweepstakes Office. Since its first launch in 2018, the
Malasakit Centers have assisted over three million Filipinos
nationwide.

“Nandidiyan po sa inyong Provincial Hospital ng Marinduque ang
Malasakit Center. Pagpasok n’yo po sa pinto, hahanapin n’yo ‘yung
karatula diyan ‘Malasakit Center’. Batas na po ‘yan, isinulong ko
noon, pinirmahan ni Pangulong Duterte sa tulong rin po ng inyong pride
of Marinduque – Speaker Lord Velasco,” Go said.

“Ang Malasakit Center po’y para sa mga poor and indigent patients.
Basta Pilipino ka, qualified ka sa Malasakit Center,” he continued.

In line with his priority of building a more resilient nation, Senator
Go also emphasized the need to create a focused department that would
be primarily responsible for ensuring that local communities are
well-adapted, resilient, and safe from the impacts of climate change.
He filed Senate Bill No. 205, otherwise known as the Department of
Disaster Resilience Act, which aims to streamline all responsibilities
related to disaster preparedness and response.

Continuing his remarks, Senator Go thanked the local officials,
including House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco, Governor Justice
Presbitero “Presby” Velasco Jr., Mayor Armi Carrion, Vice Mayor Sonny
Paglinawan, Councilors Mark Anthony Seño, Mark Angelo Jinang, Luisito
Laylay, Dave Daniel Larga, Justin Angelo Manrique, Luisito Majaba,
Carlos Palomares, Violeta Luarca, Aurelio Leva III, and John Paul
Musnit, for their support to the affected residents.

“Ako naman po ay hindi titigil. Ang pangako ko po sa inyo, kahit saang
sulok po kayo ng Pilipinas, makapagbigay ng tulong, makabigay ng
solusyon sa inyong mga problema at makapag-iwan po ng konting ngiti sa
inyong pagdadalamhati,” Go expressed.

“Kami po ni Pangulong Duterte ay narito po na handing mag-serbisyo po
sa inyong lahat sa abot ng aming makakaya at tulungan niyo lang po
kami malampasan natin itong pandemyang ito bilang nagkakaisang
mamamayang Pilipino,” he added.

As Vice-Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, Go has supported
numerous infrastructure development efforts in the province to foster
economic growth, including the establishment of a molecular laboratory
in Boac, and several road rehabilitation efforts in Mogpog, Santa
Cruz, and Torrijos. (ai/mtvn)

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