BICYCLES, food packs and smiling faces are all over select towns in Quezon, Bohol and Leyte during Senator Bong Go’s aid-distribution activities. / PHOTOGRAPH COURTESYOF SBG/RICHARD DE JESUS
Displaced workers, persons with disabilities (PWD), vendors and typhoon victims were beneficiaries of a series of aid-distribution activities conducted by Senator Christopher “Bong” Go’s staff last week.
Around 400 public market vendors in Tacloban City, Leyte; more than 3,000 displaced workers and PWD in Dauis, Panglao and Tubigon, Bohol; and over 2,000 typhoon “Ulysses” victims in Calauag and Lopez towns in Quezon received meals, food packs, masks, face shields and vitamins.
Due to limited public transportation and the need to commute to work, Go’s team also gave away bicycles while tablets for children’s online learning were handed to select beneficiaries.
The senator delivered his message via video call to beneficiaries who gathered at Tacloban Astrodome; Dauis Municipal Gym, Panglao Cultural Center and Tubigon; and Calauag Evacuation Center and Tagkawayan municipal covered court.
“I hope you are all doing well. Life these days is hard, I know. Works are disrupted because of the pandemic and various calamities. But be assured that the government is doing its best to cope with pandemic and to provide for your needs. Just be patient and cooperate. We will overcome this,” he said.
Go’s team ensured that the relief activities were conducted while complying with necessary health and safety protocols to avoid the further spread of COVID-19.
“Use the masks and face shields I sent you. These will greatly help in protecting yourselves and the others against the coronavirus,” he said.
As chair of the Committee on Health, Go assured that once the vaccine for COVID-19 is available and approved as safe and effective by the Food and Drug Administration, he and President Rodrigo Duterte will prioritize the poor and the vulnerable, as well as frontliners.
Go also informed the beneficiaries that they may avail of assistance for their health care needs from Malasakit Centers — at Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center in Tacloban City; Quezon Medical Center in Lucena City; and Governor Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital in Tagbilaran City and Don Emilio del Valle Memorial Hospital in Ubay.
There are already 95 Malasakit Centers as of 12 December, the latest opened at Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center in Marikina City. It was the 50th branch in Luzon and 19th in Metro Manila.
Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop where four government agencies, namely the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DWSD), Department of Health, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and PhilHealth, are under one roof, with special lanes for senior citizens and PWD. It streamlines the processes for Filipinos requesting government assistance for their medical needs.
Meanwhile, personnel from the DSWD separately provided financial assistance to the beneficiaries while the Department of Trade and Industry conducted assessments of potential beneficiaries for its livelihood program.
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