PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF SBG BALIWAG, Sta. Maria and Guiguinto residents grappling with the COVID pandemic and affected by recent typhoons personally receive assistance from Senator Bong Go.
Senator Christopher “Bong” Go personally delivered anew various forms of assistance to typhoon “Ulysses” victims in Bulacan.
On Tuesday, the senator was in Baliwag, Sta. Maria and Guiguinto towns, where a total of 2,660 individuals received meals, food packs, vitamins, masks and face shields.
The distribution activities were held at Star Arena in Baliwag, Sta. Maria Municipal Covered Court and Guiguinto National Vocational High School.
Select beneficiaries were also given bicycles that they could use to commute to work, given the limited public transportation options caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, while others took home tablets to help their children in online classes.
He narrated that Bulacan is close to his and President Rodrigo Duterte’s hearts as he recalled the time they went to Baliwag in 2016.
“The relatives of Ms. Honeylet Avanceña, the President’s partner, hail from Bulacan,” he said.
Despite the ongoing pandemic, Go assured he will continue to visit and extend assistance to Filipinos in crisis situations while complying with the necessary health protocols imposed by the government to avoid the spread of the disease.
“Wherever you are, as long as I can reach you and attend to your needs, I will be there. I will always make sure fire and calamity victims will be assisted. It gives me so much joy seeing you all now. I am happy that I am able to help in whatever ways I can,” he said.
The senator also mentioned that he will continue to serve as a bridge of the Filipino people to the President and to the government.
Representatives from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) also provided assistance.
Two of the recipients, Consuelo Mariano, 65, and Medaville Paule, 44, thanked Go and the DSWD.
Mariano, whose earnings from her retail store were adversely affected by the calamity and the pandemic, said she will use the assistance she received to replenish her items.
“I will try to recover whatever income I lost.
Thank you, Senator Go and DSWD, for helping us,” Mariano said.
Paule, on the other hand, had to stop driving his tricycle after he was diagnosed with dystonia (a movement disorder in which a person’s muscles contract uncontrollably).
The cash aid he received will enable him to buy his medicines and food for his family. Go will spend for his other medical needs.
The lawmaker then urged residents with medical concerns to go to the nearest Malasakit Centers located at Bulacan Medical Center in Malolos City and Rogaciano M. Mercado Memorial Hospital in Sta. Maria.
He reaffirmed the government’s commitment to prioritize the poor and vulnerable sectors, as well as frontliners including medical workers, uniformed personnel and teachers, once COVID-19 vaccines are deemed safe and effective.
His office is always open to assist them for other concerns, he added.
Go was welcomed by Bulacan Governor Dan Fernando, Vice Governor Willy Sy-Alvarado and Representative (2nd District) Apol Pancho.
Baliwag officials, led by Mayor Ferdinand Estrella, Vice Mayor Cris Clemente and councilors Madet Quimpo, Willy Lapira, Mabel Pascual, Lowell Tagle, and Ogie Baltazar; Sta. Maria’s Mayor Yoyoy Pleyto and Vice Mayor Ricky Buenaventura; and Guiguinto’s Mayor Ambrosio Cruz Jr., Vice Mayor Eliseo Santos Jr. and councilors Evangeline V. Villanueva, Estrelita P. Aballa, Romeo D. Tonog, Albert L. Estrella, Randall B. Pingol, Julius Figueroa, Larra Monica Ventura and Annabelle Garcia likewise attending the activities.
The senator also lauded the efforts of village and youth leaders and workers.
Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission commissioner Greco Belgica, DSWD Secretary Rolly Bautista, Undersecretary Aimee Neri, director Jam Banzon, Assistant Secretary Jade Jamolod, regional chief administrative officer Josefina C. David and Department of Trade and Industry Assistant Secretary Flor Amate accompanied the senator and his team.
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