President Duterte and Bong Go
By Ernie Reyes
MANILA – Senator Christopher “Bong” Go joined President Rodrigo Duterte in an aerial inspection of Tropical Storm Agaton-hit communities in Pontevedra, Capiz on Black Saturday, April 16. The two also visited the storm victims temporarily housed at the Pontevedra Elementary School later that day.
“Buong gobyerno sa pamumuno ni Pangulong Duterte ay nandito para gampanan ang kanilang tungkulin at siguraduhing makabangong muli ang mga nasalanta,” Go assured.
Many communities in Capiz have experienced heavy floods due to the torrential rains brought by Agaton, particularly in low-lying areas that functioned as a catch basin for water from upland areas.
According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council on Saturday, 167 individuals have reportedly died, 110 are still missing, and eight have been injured as a result of Agaton.
Following the aerial assessment, Duterte and Go witnessed the groundbreaking ceremony of the Multipurpose Evacuation and Convention Center at Pueblo de Panay, which Go helped fund. They then went to the Pontevedra Elementary School Evacuation Center, where Go’s team handed out aid, such as food packs, masks, vitamins, and t-shirts to the victims.
The President offered a message of hope to the victims during the visit, assuring them that the government is doing everything possible to help them recover quickly from the disaster.
Representatives from the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Department of Agriculture were also present during the Presidential visit to provide assistance to typhoon victims.
DSWD and other concerned agencies will continue to conduct aid distribution activities in other typhoon-affected towns in the coming days. Go’s team has also committed to providing support during these relief efforts.
During the distribution, Go, as Chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, encouraged those who are sick and injured to avail of medical assistance from the government that is conveniently available in the Malasakit Center at Roxas Memorial Provincial Hospital (RMPH) in Roxas City. (ai//mtvn)