Sen. Go sends aid to Batan­gas

Daily Tribune (Philippines) - - NATION -

Sen­a­tor Christo­pher “Bong” Go con­tin­ued to re­spond to calls for help from low-in­come fam­i­lies fac­ing dif­fi­cul­ties amid the COVID-19 pan­demic.

On Mon­day, Go’s staff was in Batan­gas City where 354 res­i­dents were given free meals, food packs, masks and face shields.

There were also 35 res­i­dents who re­ceived bi­cy­cles, with the event car­ried out in strict com­pli­ance with health and safety pro­to­cols.

Let us re­main vig­i­lant. Fol­low pro­to­cols.

“I learned about your needs here so we also re­quested the Depart­ment of So­cial Wel­fare and De­vel­op­ment (DSWD) for help,” he said in a video mes­sage. “Al­ways re­mem­ber that your gov­ern­ment will help you at all times. We will all over­come this if we co­op­er­ate and fol­low pro­to­cols.”

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the DSWD gave away ad­di­tional food packs through its As­sis­tance to In­di­vid­u­als in Cri­sis Sit­u­a­tion pro­gram and cash for res­i­dents who did not ben­e­fit from the So­cial Ame­lio­ra­tion Pro­gram.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Depart­ment of Trade and In­dus­try also eval­u­ated those need­ing liveli­hood as­sis­tance.

Go, also the chair of the Com­mit­tee on Health and De­mog­ra­phy, pledged as­sis­tance to Batangueño­s re­quir­ing med­i­cal treat­ment but are too poor to af­ford the travel costs to Metro Manila.

He urged those strug­gling to pay their med­i­cal bills and ac­cu­mu­lated debt to go to the Malasakit Cen­ter in the Batan­gas Provin­cial Hos­pi­tal in Le­mery and ap­ply for as­sis­tance.

“If you need to go to Manila for more com­plex pro­ce­dures, my of­fice will be more than will­ing to as­sist you. I will take care of the ex­penses,” he said. “Don’t hes­i­tate to ap­proach me. It is my duty to serve you.”

The Malasakit Cen­ter is a one-stop shop where pa­tients may seek fi­nan­cial and med­i­cal as­sis­tance from var­i­ous gov­ern­ment agen­cies, like DSWD, Depart­ment of Health, Philip­pine Health In­sur­ance Cor­po­ra­tion and Philip­pine Char­ity Sweep­stakes Of­fice.

The Malasakit Cen­ter Act of 2019, a pri­or­ity bill of Go en­acted into law late last year, makes all gov­ern­ment med­i­cal and fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance ac­ces­si­ble by bring­ing to­gether all con­cerned agen­cies un­der one roof. The law aims to bring down to the low­est amount pos­si­ble the hos­pi­tal bills.

“All con­cerned agen­cies will pitch in their share to pay for your med­i­cal needs. This is your money. We are just giv­ing them back to you,” he said.

Go re­minded ev­ery­one of the im­por­tance of wear­ing masks, stay­ing phys­i­cally dis­tant, wash­ing of hands, avoid­ing large gath­er­ings and clean sur­round­ings. “Let us re­main vig­i­lant. Fol­low pro­to­cols,” he said. He vowed the gov­ern­ment will en­sure that poor and vul­ner­a­ble sec­tors will be among the first to re­ceive the COVID-19 vac­cine un­der the gov­ern­ment’s dis­tri­bu­tion plan.

PHO­TO­GRAPH COUR­TESY OF SBG

SEN­A­TOR Bong Go dis­trib­uted free bi­cy­cles in Batan­gas City.

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