August 12, 2019
DAVAO CITY: Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, despite monsoon rains, visited Davao City fire victims this weekend to provide aid and to consult them about key legislative measures he is pushing in the Senate.
A total of 90 individuals affected by the fire were temporarily evacuated and sheltered at the Upper Madapo Gym in Barangay 9-A, Davao City. They were given food packs, cash assistance and grocery packs by the senator.
“Naa koy gamay na hinabang — ang cash assistance, grocery, ug palitan pod nako ug school supplies ang mga bata para makabalik sila sa ilahang pag-eskwela (I brought some relief — cash assistance and groceries. I would also buy school supplies for the children, so they could go back to school),” Go said in an ambush interview right after the fire visit.
He invited representatives from different government agencies, such as the Department of Health, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. and the Department of Social Welfare and Development to provide much-needed assistance to the victims.
He also mentioned that the Department of Trade and Industry would extend help to the fire victims through livelihood assistance for them to recover from the tragedy.
Meanwhile, Go said he had already asked the National Housing Authority to extend additional housing assistance to the fire victims. He added that he had initial talks with some of the fire victims for their relocation in Los Amigos.
He, however, shared some reservations with some fire victims that it might be hard to convince them to relocate because their source of livelihood is nearer to their present address.
The neophyte senator also shared his thoughts regarding the newly signed law creating the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development, saying the agency already had an allocated budget and that officials would soon be appointed.
Go also said he had filed the National Housing Development, Production and Financing Act of 2019 that aims to curtail homelessness and provide a long-term housing plan for Filipinos by generating and mobilizing sustainable funds for housing.
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