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Davao City indigent residents receive boost from Bong Go as he assures non-stop gov’t support for communities in distress

September 25, 2021 - Saturday 4:09 PM by GDM

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Senator Christopher “Bong” Go assured the residents of Davao City that the Duterte Administration will continue to address the concerns of their communities, particularly those who have lost their jobs and are without a livelihood due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

He pledged that his office will keep supporting the government's efforts to provide assistance and support in a video message at a relief operation in Barangays Tigatto and Waan on Wednesday, September 22. 

“Mga kababayan, kaunting tiis lang po. Alam namin nahihirapan na kayo. Kami rin ni Pangulong (Rodrigo) Duterte, hirap na rin kami pero kayo ang nagbibigay lakas sa amin para malampasan natin ito bilang nagkakaisang mamamayang Pilipino," said Go.

"Hindi namin kayo pababayaan. Patuloy kaming mag-iikot para matulungan kayong makatawid sa paghihirap na inyong dinadanas ngayon,” he vowed. 

The senator's team distributed meals, vitamins, masks, and face shields to a total of 1,000 vulnerable residents in a multiple batch activity at the Barangays Tigatto and Waan covered courts. All health and safety protocols were strictly enforced to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Selected beneficiaries received new pairs of shoes while others received bicycles to help them in their daily commute to work. Some received computer tablets so their children can study at home under the blended learning approach. 

In addition, representatives from the Department of Social Welfare and Development also distributed financial assistance as part of a holistic set of interventions from the government for individuals and communities in crisis.

The Department of Trade and Industry and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, in turn, conducted assessments of potential beneficiaries for their respective livelihood assistance and skills training programs.

“Isa po akong barbero, laborer sa mga bangka sa Riverside at tanod at the same time. Nagpapasalamat ako sa ayuda na binigay ni Senator Bong Go at malaking tulong ito para sa aming araw-araw na pagkain. Salamat din sa aking bisikleta na makakatulong sa aking patrol,” said Hassim Camamara, a resident of Brgy. Tigatto.

“Kahit may pandemya, okay naman kami ng pamilya ko dahil may sideline ako. Kahit papaano ay nasusuportahan ko naman sila sa aking paggugupit. Nananawagan ako sa ating gobyerno na sana marami pa na gaya namin ang matulungan dito sa Davao City,” he added.   

In his message, the senator informed those seeking medical care that they may conveniently apply for government assistance at the Malasakit Center at the Southern Philippines Medical Center. He also offered them his office’s assistance should they require treatment in Metro Manila. 

The said center is a one-stop shop which brings together the agencies from which patients may avail of medical assistance to cover hospital and other medical-related bills. The agencies include the DSWD, Department of Health, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.

“Ito ang isinulong kong batas na pinirmahan ni Pangulong Duterte. Para ito sa mga poor at indigent na pasyente na walang matakbuhan kundi ang gobyerno. Tutulungan kayo ng mga ahensya para magiging zero balance ang babayaran ninyo sa ospital,” explained Go.

The Senator proceeded to thank various government officials for their untiring service amid the various crises their communities are facing. They included 2nd District Representative Vincent Garcia, Mayor Sara Duterte, Vice Mayor Sebastian Duterte, Councilor Che-Che Justol, Tigatto Punong Barangay Lito Lapitan and Waan Punong Barangay Jaynor Macadawan. 

As Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, Go has also supported various infrastructure initiatives to promote economic growth and poverty alleviation in Davao City. 

Among these are the construction or rehabilitation of various multi-purpose buildings, local roads, water systems, drainage systems, and flood control structures in different barangays around the city, as well as the construction of a new 300-bed capacity infectious diseases building and acquisition of ambulances. 

Go’s team also conducted similar activities for 1,000 other vulnerable residents at the Angliongto Elementary School in Brgy. Angliongto, and Communal Elementary School Gymnasium in Brgy. Communal the previous day, September 21.