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Bong Go expresses continued support, gratitude to Aklanons

January 24, 2023 - Tuesday 4:01 PM by GDM

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After witnessing the successful groundbreaking of three Super Health Centers in the province of Aklan, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go then visited the town of Ibajay and attended its Ati-Ati Coronation Night, capping off the series of activities he personally attended on Saturday, January 21. 

 

Go delivered a brief speech and congratulated the local government for the successful comeback of the Ibajay Ati-Ati Festival after two years of having the festival activities practically limited to virtual events due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

 

“Nais ko pong kunin ang oportunidad na ito para batiin ang lahat ng isang makulay at masayang Ibajay Ati-Ati Festival! Ikinagagalak ko pong maging bahagi ng makasaysayang okasyon na ito kung saan nagtipun-tipon kayo upang ipakita ang ganda ng kultura niyo dito sa Ibajay,” Go expressed. 

 

“Ipinag-wish ko po sa Kanya na sana po’y makabalik na tayo sa ating normal na pamumuhay tulad po noon kung saan po mayayakap natin ang ating kapwa Pilipino. Ang hirap ng pinagdaanan natin in the past two years. Buti na lang po ngayon nandirito na po tayo at nagtitipon muli,” he added. 

 

Continuing his remarks, Go also reminded the public to remain supportive of the government’s pandemic efforts. The senator likewise reaffirmed that he will remain compassionate and continue assisting his fellow Filipinos in need. 

 

“Huwag ho kayong magpasalamat sa akin. Huwag ho kayong magpasalamat kay (dating) pangulong (Rodrigo) Duterte, (huwag kayo magpasalamat) sa amin. Sa totoo lang po, kami po’y mga probinsyano, mga Bisaya na taga-Mindanao na binigyan ninyo ng pagkakataon na makapagserbisyo po sa inyo. Mula po sa aming puso, maraming-maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat,” cited Go. 

 

“Kaya hinding-hindi ko po ito sasayangin, magtatrabaho po ako para sa inyong lahat sa abot po ng aking makakaya. Hindi po ako mangangako, hindi po ako pulitikong mangangako sa inyo. Gagawin ko lang po ang aking dapat gawin. Basta, utusan n’yo lang po ako. Itrato n’yo lang po ako na parang inyong kapitbahay. Kalabitin n’yo lang po ako,” he stressed. 

 

Meanwhile, Go, who serves as Chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, reiterated the need to prioritize one’s health. For this reason, Go encouraged those who have health concerns to avail of medical assistance from the Malasakit Center at Dr. Rafael S. Tumbokon Memorial Hospital in Kalibo. 

 

First established in 2018, the Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop designed to assist particularly poor and indigent patients to reduce their medical expenses to the lowest amount possible through the help of agencies with existing medical assistance programs. 

 

“Proud po akong sabihin sa inyo na mayroon na ho tayong 154 na Malasakit Center sa buong Pilipinas na handang tumulong po sa ating mga kababayan. Batas na po ‘yan, sa tulong po ng ating mga kongresista dito, naging batas na po ‘yan para tumulong po sa ating mga kababayan. At mayroon ho kayong Malasakit Center din po dito sa Aklan,” shared Go. 

 

Still in line with his efforts to strengthen the country’s healthcare system, Go also supported the construction of nine Super Health Centers in the province, including in Ibajay, Balete, Batan, Malay, Nabas, New Washington; and three others which he personally witnessed the groundbreaking of earlier that day — in Kalibo, Tangalan, and Numancia. 

 

Services offered in Super Health Centers include database management, out-patient, birthing, isolation, diagnostic (laboratory: x-ray and ultrasound), pharmacy and ambulatory surgical unit. Other available services are eye, ear, nose, and throat (EENT) service, oncology centers, physical therapy and rehabilitation center and telemedicine, where remote diagnosis and treatment of patients will be done.

 

“Kanina po, nagkaroon po tayo ng groundbreaking ng mga Super Health Centers dito sa probinsya. Itu-turnover na po ‘yan sa respective LGUs after gawin po ng DOH. Para po iyan sa mga kababayan nating mahihirap lalung-lalo na po sa malalayong lugar. The more we should invest sa ating healthcare system right now. Ito po’y pwede ring gamiting isolation facilities rin po kung saka-sakali mang may kailangang i-isolate,” Go explained. 

 

Earlier that day, Go also visited the province of Iloilo where he attended the groundbreaking of Maasin Super Health Center, provided assistance to tornado victims in Oton, and celebrated Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo City.

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