PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF MUNICIPALITY OF CANTILAN SENATOR Christopher ‘Bong’ Go sent food packs, 50 mountain bikes and 25 tablets to affected families in Cantilan, Surigao del Sur.
More victims of typhoon “Vicky” in Surigao del Sur received assistance sent by Senator Christopher “Bong” Go in a series of aid-distribution activities over the weekend.
Go’s team distributed various forms of aid to 6,267 beneficiaries part of the senator’s commitment to continue helping communities affected by crisis situations, including the Covid-19 pandemic.
Meals, vitamins, food packs, masks, face shields, vitamins and medicine, as well as bicycles and tablets for select recipients, were given away.
On 14 January, 554 beneficiaries from San Agustin town, 776 from Lianga and 225 from Marihatag were provided aid in their municipal gymnasiums.
The following day, it was the turn of 450 beneficiaries from the municipality of Carmen, 929 from Madrid and 498 from Lanuza.
On the third and last day, 2,065 beneficiaries from Cantilan and 751 from Carrascal were also provided assistance.
In his video messages, Go urged the public to remain vigilant, cooperate with authorities and follow necessary health protocols to prevent the further spread of Covid-19.
“Always wear your masks and face shields, observe physical distancing, wash your hands and do not go out unless it’s absolutely necessary,” he advised.
As chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Go assured that once the Covid-19 vaccine is considered safe and approved by the Food and Drug Administration, the government will prioritize and ensure access to poor and vulnerable sectors, as well as frontliners.
He offered assistance to those needing medical attention through the nearby Malasakit Center, located at Butuan Medical Center.
Go was the principal author of the Malasakit Centers Act of 2019.
The one-stop shop where the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Health, PhilHealth, and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office are housed provides convenient access to medical assistance programs for all Filipinos, especially indigent and poor patients.
Throughout the series of distribution activities, personnel from the DSWD provided separate financial assistance, representatives from the Department of Trade and Industry assessed potential beneficiaries for various livelihood packages, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority provided made another assessment for scholarship programs and the Department of Labor and Employment identified beneficiaries for its livelihood program for displaced or disadvantaged workers.
Additionally, the Department of Agriculture distributed vegetable seeds while the National Housing Authority assessed beneficiaries for housing or relocation options.
Go then thanked local government officials for their untiring service — Lianga Mayor Novelita M. Sarmen, San Agustin Mayor Libertad Alameda, Marihatag Mayor Justin Marc Pelenio, Madrid Mayor Mary Grace Kimura, Cantilan Mayor Maria Carla Pichay, Lanuza Vice Mayor Bernard Dawog and Carrascal Vice Mayor Jesse James Valle.
Last week, the senator also sent aid to thousands of typhoon-affected families in San Miguel, Barobo, Tagbina and Tago towns.
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