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Essential workers in Lugus, Sulu get aid from Bong Go as he exerts efforts to also raise vaccine awareness in far-flung communities

September 14, 2021 - Tuesday 2:09 PM by GDM

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Senator Christopher “Bong” Go's outreach team carried out a relief activity in Lugus, Sulu, on Friday, September 10, to a total of 2,000 essential workers. In a video message, Go asked the workers to closely follow health regulations, as the government continues to balance the country's economic and health interests.

“Mga kababayan ko, delikado po ang COVID-19.  If the virus finds you, it will infect you. Napakahirap po nitong COVID-19.  Please lang po, dapat po’y protektado kayo. Kung mahal ninyo po ang inyong mga pamilya at inyong mga anak, magpabakuna na po kayo,” Go reminded. 

“Pakiusap namin ni Pangulong Duterte, maging disiplinado at ‘wag maging kumpiyansa. Magtulungan tayong lahat para malampasan natin ang krisis na ito,” he continued. 

The activity was held at Lugus Municipal Covered Court where Go’s team grouped the beneficiaries into smaller batches and implemented necessary safety protocols to protect the public’s well-being from the threat of coronavirus. 

Go also took this opportunity to encourage communities, especially those in far-flung areas, to take advantage of the vaccines provided by the government and get themselves inoculated in accordance with the guidelines in order to protect them and their families from COVID-19. 

“Ang bakuna ang susi at solusyon para malampasan ang krisis na ito. Magpabakuna na po kayo para makamtan natin ang population protection kung saan mabakunahan na ang 50% sa populasyon. Ngayon ‘pag dumating na tayo sa 70%, ito ang tinatawag na herd immunity,” explained Go. 

“Kailangan protektado kayo para hindi mapuno ang ospital at bumagsak ang healthcare system. Parte po ng priority groups ang essential workers kaya magpabakuna na po kayo para mas mabilis tayo makabalik sa normal na pamumuhay,” he added. 

Meanwhile, Go’s staff handed out meals, masks, face shields, and vitamins to the essential workers. Bicycles and new pairs of shoes were also given to some beneficiaries. 

Select beneficiaries also received computer tablets, as their children pursue their studies in a blended learning set-up.

Representatives from various government agencies gave further assistance to help the struggling residents of Lugus sustain their daily needs amid the pandemic.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development granted them financial assistance, while the Department of Health gave free medical consultations and supplies of masks through its counterpart in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, the Ministry of Health. 

The Department of Agriculture, through its counterpart Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Agrarian Reform, conducted an on-site evaluation where qualified fisherfolk and farmers can take part in their agri-fishery programs. 

Go then offered additional assistance to residents with health concerns as he urged them to visit any of two Malasakit Centers in the town of Jolo where they can conveniently avail of medical assistance programs by the government. They are located in the Sulu Provincial Hospital and Sulu Sanitarium. 

Initiated by Go in 2019, the Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop where partner agencies, such as DSWD, DOH, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, are put in one office to assist poor and indigent Filipinos lower their medical expenses.

“Mga kababayan, kaunting tiis lang. Alam kong nahihirapan kayo. Kailangan natin mag-ingat at hindi natin ma-afford na mapuno ang mga hospital muli at baka bumagsak ang ating health care system,” said Go.

As part of his target to boost the economic recovery of the province, Go, who is also the Vice Chair of Senate Committee on Finance, supported several projects that aim to improve public service delivery for the communities of Sulu. 

Among the projects are road rehabilitations in Indanan, and Jolo; construction of several multi-purpose buildings in Lugus, Panamao, Panglima Estino, and Siasi; and the improvement of seawall protection in Pangutaran, Patikul, and Hadji Panglima Tahil.

The Senator then expressed his heartfelt gratitude to local officials for their tireless efforts and dedication to help their affected residents. Among the officials were Representatives Samier Tan and Shernee Tan, Governor Abdusakur Tan, Vice Governor Toto Tan, Mayor Hadar M. Hajiri, Vice Mayor Almedzar Hajiri and many others. 

“Mga kababayan ko, magtulungan po tayo, magbayanihan at magmalasakit po tayo sa ating kapwa Pilipino, malalampasan po natin ito bilang nagkakaisang mamayang Pilipino,” Go ended. 

Go’s team conducted a similar relief operation in Parang and Omar, Sulu from September 6 to 8 for the towns’ essential workers whose sources of income and livelihoods have been affected by the pandemic.

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