Sen. Go’s office continues relief ops for NegOcc flash flood victims

ILOILO CITY, May 20 -- Following earlier distributions of aid at the cities of Cadiz, Sagay, and San Carlos, all in Negros Occidental, the Office of Senator Christopher “Bong” Go set off a series of relief activities in Silay City for the residents who were likewise affected by the flash floods in January.

The week-long operation, which began on May 17, and have been conducted by small batches to comply with necessary health protocols and prevent the further spread of COVID-19, is expected to benefit nearly 17,000 beneficiary families, a press release from the Office of Sen. Bong Go said.

“Mga kababayan ko, importanteng magtulungan tayo para malampasan natin ito. Magmalasakit tayo sa ating kapwa Pilipino at magbayanihan tayo. Huwag kayong mag-alala dahil unti-unti rin tayong makakabalik sa normal nating pamumuhay. Alam ko ‘yun ang inaasam ninyo at ipinagdarasal nating lahat,” Go told the residents in a video message. 

During the first two days of the distribution, his team provided meals, food packs, vitamins, masks, and face shields to a total of 5,635 families. The distribution was carried out in batches while complying with the government-issued health and safety protocols to avoid the spread of COVID-19.

Due to limited transportation options amid the pandemic, the team also gave new pairs of shoes or bicycles to selected recipients. Furthermore, they provided computer tablets to another set of beneficiaries for their children to use for their activities under the blended learning set up.

As Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Go reminded residents who need medical attention to avail of the services of the Malasakit Center located at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Bacolod City.

The Malasakit Centers are one-stop shops which provide convenient access to the medical assistance offered by the Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.

“Dahil sa pandemya at pagbaha, naging mahirap ang kalagayan namin. Ang hirap maghanap ng pangkain dahil marami ang nawalan ng hanapbuhay. Senador Bong Go, kung pinapanood niyo ito, nagpapasalamat kaming lahat para sa dumating na tulong mula sa inyo. Lahat kami nahihirapan pero dahil sa iyo, gumaan ang aming loob,” said 54-year old Marilou Uy  in an interview.

“Maraming salamat, Senator. I hope marami ka pang matulungan na mahihirap gaya namin. May hipag ako noon na nanganak at dahil mahirap sila ng kapatid ko, wala silang pambayad sa ospital. May nagturo sa akin na lumapit sa Malasakit Center at sila na sumagot sa aming problema. Walang kaming binabayad! Malaking tulong talaga ang Malsakit Center. Salamat, Senator,” added 49-year old Ellen Leono.

As part of the national government's response to the said disaster, several agencies also extended or committed to provide other forms of aid during the activity. Representatives from the DSWD provided each family with financial assistance in a separate distribution.

The Department of Trade and Industry and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority also assessed the disadvantaged and displaced workers for their respective programs.

The Senator went on to commend the public officials for their continuing efforts to help the affected communities recover. He especially thanked Governor Eugenio Lacson, Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer, Mayor Mark Andrew Golez, Vice Mayor Thomas Ledesma, and DSWD Representative Joselito Estember

To boost economic growth and infrastructure development, Go has supported the funding of several infrastructure projects in Negros Occidental, including the maintenance of the Sum-ag - Abuanan Road in Bago City; Bacolod South Old Road and Bacolod South By-Pass Road in Bacolod City; concreting of local roads in San Carlos City, Pontevedra, and Toboso; and construction of a bridge in Himamaylan City, among others. (PIA6/PR from OSBG)



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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