Ce­buanos get aid from Go

The Freeman - - News -

Forty- seven res­i­dents from around the province of Cebu have re­ceived as­sis­tance from Se­na­tor Christo­pher “Bong” Go.

An out­reach team from Go’s of­fice de­liv­ered es­sen­tial aid to these ben­e­fi­cia­ries dur­ing an aid dis­tri­bu­tion event held on Tues­day, Septem­ber 22, at the re­gional of­fice of the Depart­ment of So­cial Wel­fare and Devel­op­ment (DSWD) in Cebu City.

“Na­bal­i­taan ko kung ano ang nang­yari sa inyo. Wala daw nakatang­gap ng [So­cial Ame­lio­ra­tion Pro­gram] kaya na­man kin­ausap ko ang [DSWD]. Ito ‘yung tinatawag na As­sis­tance to In­di­vid­u­als in Cri­sis Sit­u­a­tion (AICS). Kin­ausap ko sila dahil may­roon tay­ong pro­grama sa na­tional govern­ment para makat­u­long kaa­gad sa inyo na maka­pag­bi­gay ng cash as­sis­tance at food pack,” said Go.

The ben­e­fi­cia­ries were pro­vided with meals, food packs, and vi­ta­mins.

They were also given med­i­cal­grade and re­us­able masks and face shields to help en­cour­age ev­ery­one to do their part in pre­vent­ing the fur­ther spread of COVID-19.

Also, se­lect res­i­dents from the poor­est sec­tions of the com­mu­nity were gifted with bi­cy­cles so they can eas­ily and se­curely com­mute to work.

DSWD rep­re­sen­ta­tives also gave cash aid and ad­di­tional food packs to the res­i­dents through it­sAICS pro­gram.

The event was held in com­pli­ance with the nec­es­sary guide­lines for out­door gath­er­ings.

More­over, the se­na­tor of­fered to pro­vide as­sis­tance to ben­e­fi­cia­ries who need med­i­cal treat­ment.

Go urged them to visit any of the five Malasakit Cen­ters in the province.

These are Vi­cente Sotto Me­mo­rial Med­i­cal Cen­ter and St. An­thony Mother and Child Hospi­tal in Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City Dis­trict Hospi­tal in Lapu-Lapu City, Ever­s­ley Childs San­i­tar­ium and Gen­eral Hospi­tal in Man­daue City, and Tal­isay Dis­trict Hospi­tal in Tal­isay City.

“Kung sino ang kailan­gan mag pa-hospi­tal, may­roon tay­ong (lima) na Malasakit Cen­ters sa Cebu,” he said.

“Kung hindi sa Malasakit Cen­ter at kailan­gan mag pa-opera, sabi­han ninyo lang po ang ak­ing staff, ako ang tu­tu­long sa inyo, ako mag­papa- opera sa inyo at ako ang mag­babayad sa os­pi­tal ninyo kung kailan­gan ninyo mag­pa­opera o kailan­gan ng tu­long. Basta, pun­ta­han ninyo lang ako,” he added.

The Malasakit cen­ter is a one-stop shop wherein peo­ple may di­rectly ap­ply for med­i­cal and fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance from var­i­ous govern­ment agen­cies, namely the DSWD, Depart­ment of Health, Philip­pine Health In­sur­ance Cor­po­ra­tion and Philip­pine Char­ity Sweep­stakes Of­fice.

“Kung ano ang maitu­tu­long ko sa inyo, magsabi lang kayo. Huwag kay­ong mahiya magsabi sa akin dahil pare­has na­man tay­ong Bisaya. Kami po ay magseser­bisyo sa in­y­ong la­hat,” said Go.

“Pat­u­loy po tay­ong mag­bayani­han at mag­malasakit sa isa’t isa. Huwag natin pabayaan ang mga kababayan nat­ing naghi­hi­rap. Mag­tu­lun­gan tayo up­ang malam­pasan ang kri­sis na ito bilang isang nagkakaisa­ng bansa,” he added.

As chair of the Se­nate Com­mit­tee on Health, Go re­minded ev­ery­one of the im­por­tance of fol­low­ing health and safety rules and pro­to­cols to keep them­selves and ev­ery­one else safe.

“Mag­suot kayo ng masks, face shields, mag-so­cial dis­tanc­ing at huwag kay­ong lal­abas ng ba­hay ka­pag hindi na­man kailan­gan. Maghugas rin kayo ng ka­may lagi at may pinadala din ako na mga gamot sa inyo,” said the Se­na­tor.

SOL­I­DAR­ITY, COM­PAS­SION

On the other hand, he called on Filipinos to show sol­i­dar­ity amid the chal­lenges caused by the COVID-19.

He also en­cour­aged com­mu­ni­ties to show com­pas­sion for the poor and vul­ner­a­ble sec­tors and ex­tend any form of as­sis­tance to their neigh­bors who may be go­ing through tough times as a re­sult of the cri­sis.

“Mag­tu­lun­gan lang tayo. Kaya natin ito! Sino pa ba ang mag­tu­tu­lun­gan kundi tay­ong mga kapwa Pilipino din,” Go said in a video call.

“Magtiis-tiis lang tayo dahil kung may­roon nang vac­cine, uu­nahin namin ang mga mahi­hi­rap. Uu­nahin namin kayo para mak­a­ba­lik na tayo sa dat­ing nor­mal nat­ing pa­mu­muhay.Ang am­ing panalan­gin [ni Pan­gulo Duterte] ay bu­ma­lik tayo sa nor­mal noon, hindi itong new nor­mal kundi ‘yung nor­mal noon … na pwede nat­ing mayakap ang mga kapwa nat­ing Pilipino,” he added. —

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