PASAY CITY -- Senator Christopher “Bong” Go vowed to remain steadfast in helping more communities in distress as his team distributed relief to fire victims in Sampaloc, Manila City on Thursday, May 19.
In a video message during the relief activity at Barangay 417 Hall, Go reaffirmed his commitment to provide a more comfortable life for all Filipinos and ensure that no one is left behind on the path to recovery.
“Kahit anumang problema ang inyong hinaharap—sunog, lindol, baha, pagputok ng bulkan o kahit anong klaseng krisis—handa kaming tumulong at magserbisyo sa inyo sa abot ng aming makakaya. Huwag kayo mawawalan ng pag-asa dahil hindi kayo pababayaan ng gobyerno na palaging nagmamalasakit sa inyo,” the senator stressed.
Following the enactment of Republic Act No. 11589 or the Bureau of Fire Protection Modernization Act of 2021, the lawmaker reassured that the bureau is becoming more equipped and ready in responding to fire-related incidents.
RA 11589, which was primarily authored and co-sponsored by Go, provides a ten-year modernization program for BFP that includes the acquisition of modern fire equipment, recruitment of more firefighters, and provision of specialized training, among others.
“Importante po na nabigyan ng suporta ng gobyerno ang pagpapaganda ng ating Bureau of Fire Protection dahil ito ay napakalaking tulong upang makapagsalba ng buhay ng Pilipino,” said Go.
“Marami na po akong napuntuhan na nasunugan sa nagdaang taon kaya naman po alam ko po ang hirap ng ating mga kababayang nasunugan. Kahit isang bahay lang po ang masunog, damay po pati ang kapitbahay. Maraming pamilya ang apektado. Kaya po dapat lang na palakasin ang kapasidad ng BFP sa pagresponde sa sunog,” he added.
Go’s team provided cash assistance, vitamins, shirts, grocery packs, masks and meals to four families. Meanwhile, the Department of Social Welfare and Development gave additional financial aid to help the affected families sustain their daily needs.
“Sa mga nasunugan naman po, huwag ho kayong mag-alala. Magtulungan lang tayo. Ang gamit po’y nabibili, ang pera po’y kinikita. Subalit ang perang kinikita ay hindi po nabibili ang buhay. A lost life is a lost life forever. Kaya mag-ingat po tayo, mga kababayan ko,” Go remarked.
Continuing his message, Go advised the beneficiaries with health concerns to visit any of the five Malasakit Centers in the city should they need assistance with their medical bills.
A one-stop shop, the Malasakit Center provides poor and indigent patients convenient access to medical assistance programs from DSWD, Department of Health, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation. There are now 151 operational centers nationwide. Go is the principal author and sponsor of the Malasakit Centers Act of 2019.
As Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, Go has also supported the road improvement along Tayuman Street to Dagupan, construction of a three-story multipurpose building in Malacañang Park, and the structural improvement of public buildings and construction of evacuation centers, among others.
He also supported the acquisition of medical supplies, multipurpose vehicles, rescue patrol service vans and educational supplies for the city government.
The previous day, Go personally led the relief activity for more than a hundred fire victims in Barangay 310 in Sta. Cruz, Manila City. (OSBG)