PASAY CITY -- On Wednesday, May 18, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go assured the struggling residents of the Island Garden City of Samal in Davao del Norte that his office will continue providing them assistance and coordinating with concerned agencies to help them recover faster from the adverse effects of the pandemic.
“Marami na pong lugar ang nasa Alert Level 1 at marami na rin po ang bukas na negosyo. Pero manatili pa rin po tayong disiplinado at huwag maging kumpyansa dahil andyan pa rin po ang COVID-19,” said Go in his video message.
“Bilang inyong senador, at sa tulong ng iba’t ibang ahensya, ako ay patuloy na magsisikap po upang makapagbigay ng tulong sa ating mga mahihirap na kababayan,” he vowed.
The senator’s team distributed vitamins, grocery packs, meals and masks to a total of 618 Samaleños from Barangays Licup, Tagbitan-ag and Aundanao. They also provided computer tablets, bicycles and shoes to select residents.
In addition, the Department of Social Welfare and Development extended financial aid through its Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation program.
Go, who chairs the Senate Committee on Health, encouraged those eligible yet unvaccinated beneficiaries to get inoculated against COVID-19. He then stressed that getting vaccinated has been proven to significantly decrease the risk of contracting severe COVID-19 symptoms.
“Ang bakuna ang susi at solusyon para malampasan ang krisis na ito. Magpabakuna na po kayo para makamtan natin ang herd immunity. Kailangan protektado kayo para hindi mapuno ang ospital at bumagsak ang healthcare system,” he urged.
The senator then reached out to those with medical concerns. He advised them to visit Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City or Davao Regional Medical Center in Tagum City where there are Malasakit Centers available to assist them.
With 151 established centers nationwide, the Malasakit Center serves as a one-stop shop where medical assistance programs of the national government are conveniently accessible to poor and indigent Filipnos. The program was institutionalized under the Malasakit Centers Act of 2019 which Go primarily authored and sponsored in the Senate.
Finally, the senator commended the local officials for their untiring service amid the various crises that their respective communities are facing.
“Kami ni Pangulong (Rodrigo) Duterte, mahal namin kayong lahat. Huwag kayong mahiya sa akin, magkapitbahay lang tayo… Nandito lang kami at magseserbisyo sa inyong lahat sa abot ng aming makakaya. Magsusumikap kami na ating malampasan ang krisis na ito,” Go assured.
As Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, Go has also supported various infrastructure initiatives in Samal Island to help improve public service delivery and boost economic opportunities.
Among these are the water system project in Brgys. Pangubatan, Libertad, San Remigio, Kinawitnon and Miranda; construction of bypass road Jct. Babak-Samal-Kaputian Road Brgy. San Antonio, Tagpopongan, Phase 2, IGACOS Circumferential Road; and the construction of a two-story multipurpose building and a farm-to-market road in Brgy. Tambo.
He likewise supported the construction of several roads, including the road from Crossing Toril, Babak to Brgy. Sto. Niño, Babak District; the road from San Agustin Elementary School to Maximo Arellano Elementary School, Brgy. Sto. Niño, Babak District; and the road at the Port of Brgy. Sta. Cruz to Brgy. Linosutan, Talicud Island, Kaputian District.
Other initiatives he supported in the province are the rechanneling of a river, construction of a river wall, and concreting of the Sitio Bunsalag to Sitio Misulok-Sulok road in Talaingod; construction of a concrete revetment along the Tagum-Libuganon River Basin and dike along the Sadpudon Creek in Carmen; construction of multipurpose buildings in Kapalong and New Corella; and renovation of the public terminal, public parks and plaza in New Corella.
To ensure that quality healthcare services are within reach of the Samaleños, he also supported the construction of the IGACOS Super Health Center.
On May 16, Go’s team distributed similar assistance to more indigent residents in Brgys. Aumbay, Guilon and Tagbay. (OSBG)