Pulong, DOLE-Davao distributes cash assistance, food packs to solo parents, tricycle drivers

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DAVAO CITY – The Office of First District Representative Paolo “Pulong” Z. Duterte, in collaboration with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), distributed on cash assistance to 997 marginalized workers and trike drivers in the city.

Based on the data obtained from the office of the congressman, there are 683 workers, mostly solo parent and 314 tricycle drivers, who received cash assistance from the government’s assistance program to mitigate the impact of the national health emergency due to coronavirus.

Aside from cash assistance, Duterte’s staff also distributed food packs to beneficiaries at the People’s Park where the distribution was held on Saturday, June 20.

Cong. Pulong’s office has been distributing food packs (3 kls. of rice, 6 canned goods, and 3 noodles) to PUJ/trike drivers, solo parents, masseurs, and other displaced workers.

“Dunay mensahe si Congressman Pulong, ang iya lang is ampingan nato atong trabaho pinaagi sa tarong na serbisyo,” the office representative James Vergara said.

He added that Duterte also thanked Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III for the immediate response to his request.

The workers were compensated for 10 days of working on disinfection/sanitation of their houses or dwelling places and immediate vicinity of their houses. The cash assistance received by the beneficiaries, ranging from P3,050 to P3,900 each, depends on the prevailing highest minimum wage in the region, as per DOLE.

Solo parent May Batulat, a resident of Barangay Magtuod, thanked Duterte for the support he gave to the solo parents and to other marginalized workers. She said the assistance they received is already a big help.

The distribution of food packs focused on the “poorest of the poor” from all 54 barangays in the first congressional district, Vergara said, adding that Duterte’s office has more assistance to be distributed in the coming days.

Bong Go says whole-of-country approach needed to realize UHC vision; appeals to economic managers to raise PhilHealth annual subsidy

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go believes that a concerted cooperation and whole-of-country approach by all sectors are necessary to realize the vision of a universal health care coverage even as the country’s health insurance sector continues to weather the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

In a hearing of the Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on the Universal Health Care (UHC) Law held Tuesday, June 16, Go urged fellow legislators and stakeholders to carefully study possible amendments to the UHC Law and its implementing rules and regulations while taking into consideration the new challenges created by the pandemic. The Senator, who is also chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, stressed that “[a]ny amendment should not be at the expense of providing universal health care for all”.

“Habang iniisip natin ang sarili nating kapakanan, isipin rin natin ang pangkalahatang benepisyo ng Universal Health Care Law sa lahat ng Pilipino. At ang layunin natin na masama lahat ng Pilipino sa isang matatag na health care insurance program. Pare-pareho naman tayo ng gusto. Importante, magtulungan at magbayanihan tayo,” he said.

“Again, let me reiterate, sa panahon ngayon, kailangang balansehin ang pangangailangan para mapaganda ang mga programang pangkalusugan, at ang epekto ng krisis sa kakayahan ng mga Pilipinong magbigay ng dagdag na kontribusyon,” Go continued, expressing sympathy for Filipinos who, he also noted, are struggling to afford their insurance payment.

“Lahat welcome dito. Andito kami para pakinggan ang hinaing ng lahat ng Pilipino,” he reiterated during the hearing attended by several stakeholders and government officials.

Go reminded the Philippine Health Insurance Corp., the lead agency in the implementation of the UHC Law, to consider the precarious financial situation of its contributors, many of whom lost their jobs because of the COVID-19 global crisis. Also affected are thousands of overseas Filipino workers, many of them had been and others are being repatriated after losing their jobs abroad.

PhilHealth president Ricardo Morales pointed out that the government’s health insurance agency is struggling to cover its beneficiaries’ benefits, particularly the premium of its indirect contributors, after it received a P71.3-billion subsidy under the 2020 General Appropriations Act as opposed to the P153 billion it had originally proposed.

Despite this, the Senator said such constraints should not prevent Filipinos from seeking government assistance for their medical bills. He reassured the public, particularly PhilHealth beneficiaries and OFWs, that they can still receive additional assistance from any of the 71 existing Malasakit Centers found around the country. A Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop where indigent and financially challenged patients can conveniently request for medical and financial assistance from four government agencies now housed under one roof.

“One stop-shop po ito. Pwede kayo humingi ng tulong sa DSWD, magkakatabing lamesa lang po iyon sa isang kuwarto, pati po ang DOH at PCSO to help you sa inyong billing. Lalong lalo na po sa mga cases na hindi totally covered ng PhilHealth dahil nagkaroon ng komplikasyon ang pasyente,” said Go, who is the principal author of the Malasakit Center Act of 2019.

Go continued that he would push for a higher subsidy for PhilHealth in order to ensure the proper implementation of the UHC Law. He appealed to the Department of Budget and Management to study options to raise the agency’s annual budget from the P71 billion it advised.

“Nangako tayo, inaprubahan ng Kongreso ang UHC law, lalong lalo na sa mahihirap nating kababayan na umaasang sasagutin po ng PhilHeath ang kanilang pangangailangan pagdating sa kalusugan,” said Go.

“Ako po ay nananawagan sa mga economic managers na pagtuunan ito ng pansin. Napakaimportante po ng PhilHealth sa atin at sa health care system. Gawan dapat ng paraan na taasan ang subsidy sa PhilHealth para mas mapagaan ang burden sa ordinaryong tao. Now more than ever, dapat ma-prioritize ang health. We must do what we can to ensure that every Filipino can have access to universal health care for all.”

During the seven-hour long joint congressional oversight committee hearing, Go also asked Morales to address reports that the government’s health insurance agency continued to require overseas Filipino workers to pay premium contributions before they could obtain an Overseas Employment Certificate. The provision, remarked the Senator, is not found in the UHC Law and its implementation was suspended by President Rodrigo Duterte after recognizing the dire financial situation of the OFWs.

Morales clarified that an advisory was issued last June 11 informing OFWs that the premium payments shall be voluntary for the duration of the pandemic.

“Under the law, every Filipino shall be automatically included in the National Health Insurance Program, either as a direct or indirect contributor. This is to protect people from the financial risk of paying for health services out of their own pockets and reduce the risk that people will be pushed into poverty,” explained the Senator.

“We want to eliminate the idea of health care as an entitlement and as a privilege of the few who can afford to pay,” he said further.


As thousands of OFWs return to the country due to COVID-19, Bong Go renews call for passage of DOFW bill to aid in their reintegration

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go reiterated the need for the timely passage of his proposed Department of Overseas Filipino Workers (DOFW) bill as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic continues to negatively impact on the welfare of Filipino migrant workers, some of them losing their jobs abroad and are forced to return home.

“Maraming nawalan ng trabaho dala ng COVID-19. Apektado po ang mga empleyado dito sa bansa at pati rin ang mga nagtatrabaho abroad. Mas maisasaayos ang mga programa at serbisyo ng gobyerno para matulungan ang mga apektadong Pilipino kung mayroong sariling departamento na mamamahala sa mga pangangailangan ng mga OFWs,” Go said.

Go stressed that there is an urgent need for the creation of this new department because of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. He said that the Department of Labor and Employment needs to concentrate on domestic labor concerns while the DOFW, if created through the passage of the proposed law, can concentrate on OFWs for their full-cycle migration, from departure from the Philippines to working abroad until their eventual reintegration in the country.

“Nararapat lamang na may tumutok sa mga pangangailangan ng OFWs lalo na yung mga napilitang bumalik sa bansa. Matagal rin po silang nagsakripisyo at nawalay sa kanilang mga pamilya. Hindi po matutumbasan ang hirap na dinanas nila para lang buhayin ang mga pamilya nilang iniwan dito,” Go explained.

“Ngayon na napilitan silang umuwi dahil sa krisis, dapat lang bigyan ng sapat na atensyon ang kanilang mga pangangailangan para matulungan ang ating mga bagong bayani na makabangon muli,” he added.

According to the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the government is expecting around 300,000 OFWs to return to the Philippines as a result of country lockdowns in different parts of the world. As of May 25, 27,000 OFWs have already been repatriated while around 43,000 others are expected to come home this June.

Due to the consequences of the pandemic, there is a growing need to provide reintegration programs for OFWs who would like to return and permanently settle in the country. Moreover, there is also a need to improve coordination among all agencies and offices dealing with OFW concerns to improve government service delivery.

Go has firmly suggested the need to establish an executive department dealing solely with OFW-related concerns to improve government efficiency and effectiveness in the provision of necessary services from deployment, issues they encounter while in foreign countries, as well as in their reintegration once they return to the Philippines.

“Masakit makitang iniiwan nila ang kanilang mga mahal sa buhay upang magtrabaho lang sa mga malalayong bansa. Suklian natin ang kanilang mga sakripisyo ng mas maayos na serbisyo,” he added.

One of his first legislative measures, Senate Bill 202, or the Department of Overseas Filipinos Act of 2019, seeks to address concerns of overseas Filipinos, such as the need to improve coordination among concerned offices in responding to their needs, particularly of OFWs. The bill proposes for government agencies dealing with OFW matters and concerns be transferred to the new department to be established.

The Senator said that the DOFW’s reintegration component will ensure that Filipino migrant workers who lost their job abroad are assisted by government programs and other safety nets, a need which has become more apparent as a result of the pandemic.

“Under our DOFW Bill, there will be an Office of the Undersecretary for Reintegration and Social Services which shall absorb the mandates and functions of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration and the National Reintegration Center for OFWs in addition to new functions,” Go said.

The proposed measure also provides for the creation of OFW ‘one-stop shops’ in various provinces, similar to the Malasakit Center, that can provide immediate assistance to families of OFWs who are still working abroad, as well as to OFWs who have returned home and would need to avail of reintegration services from the government.

Presently, DOLE is implementing WELL (Welfare, Employment, Legal, Livelihood) as a national reintegration program for returning OFWs or those affected by COVID-19. It is a package of interventions and mechanisms developed and implemented to facilitate the productive return of the OFWs to their families and communities upon their completion of overseas employment.

WELL is implemented also in support of the government’s Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-Asa (BP2) Program which seeks to promote economic development in the countryside and the decongestion of Metro Manila.

Aside from the programs of DOLE, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority also offers free training programs for returning OFWs.

TESDA National Capital Region director Florencio Sunico said in an interview that TESDA offers a free online training program for displaced workers seeking to upgrade or develop new skills. OFWs may avail any of the 68 skills and trade courses, including agriculture, entrepreneurship and technical and vocational education and training.

Meanwhile, Go stressed that the challenges currently faced by Overseas Filipinos and the difficulties experienced by the government in responding to their needs show the relevance of establishing the new department to better provide efficient and effective delivery of services to Filipinos abroad and those coming home.

“Itinuturing natin silang mga bagong bayani. Malaki ang kanilang naitulong noon sa paglago ng ekonomiya ng bansa. At ngayon, sa pandemyang ito, dapat natin silang tulungan at mas tutukan pa. Huwag natin silang pahirapan pa,” he said.

In a Senate hearing last May 20, Senator Go aired reported issues faced by OFWs, such as being forced to stay in health quarantine facilities beyond the mandated fourteen-day quarantine period and OFWs in distress not being able to return home immediately to the country and to their provinces due to limitations in the delivery of services from various concerned government agencies.

“Noon pa lamang ay marami nang mga issues ang kinakaharap ng ating mga kababayang nagtatrabaho abroad. Ang paglipat-lipat ng ahensya ay naging pabigat na proseso sa kanila. Mas lumala pa ngayon dahil sa hirap na dulot ng COVID-19 crisis. Kung mayroon pong DOFWs, mas mapapadali sana ang koordinasyon ng mga ahensya at may iisang departamento na tututok sa mga pangangailangan nila,” Go said in past statements.


Pardoned OFW from Bahrain reunites with family; expresses gratitude to PRRD, Bong Go for their continuing efforts to help distressed OFWs

An overseas Filipino worker detained in Bahrain for four years was granted royal pardon by the Bahraini government and has recently returned to the country and reunited with his family. Roderick Aguinaldo, convicted for the death of a foreign national in Bahrain, was sentenced to death penalty until his subsequent pardon and release from prison as a result of the efforts of the Philippine government.

In an interview, Roderick expressed his gratitude to President Rodrigo Duterte, Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go and other key government officials for their efforts which subsequently led to his freedom.

“Syempre, pasalamat ako kaagad sa itaas, lalong-lalo na sa ating Pangulo. Hindi rin nagsawang sumuporta sa akin na tulungan ako at ang aking pamilya, lalung lalo na si Senator Bong Go, napakabuti nila, hindi sila tumalikod sa akin — kung ipinangako nila, ginagawa nila talaga — mabuti sila,” he added.

June 10, 2020. Caloocan. Aguinaldo reunited with his family.

Aguinaldo departed from Bahrain on June 6 via Gulf Air 154 and arrived in Manila morning of June 7, around 11:30 am. Upon arrival in the Philippines, Aguinaldo underwent COVID-19 swab testing and was placed under quarantine in accordance to imposed health protocols for returning OFWs before he could return home to his family.

“Hindi ko ma-explain talaga kung ano ang naramdaman ko ng panahon na ‘yun. Lumapit sa akin ‘yung officer, tinawag ako akala ko nagbibiro. Noong sinabing pauwiin na ako, sobrang tuwa ko, ni hindi ko ma-explain,” Aguinaldo recounted.

“Bagong buhay talaga. Tutok sa pamilya, lalung lalo na apat na taon ang bunso ko. Tatlong taon ko siya huling nakita, ngayon napakalaki na. ‘Yung nawala sa kanila sa apat na taon ko sa loob ng kulungan papalitan ko, mas dodoblehin ko pa,” he added.

May 27 2018. Malabon. SBG first met parents of Aguinaldo who approached him during a basketball game.

The pardoned OFW also said that he wants to personally thank President Duterte and Senator Go for their steadfast appeals to secure his release. “Gusto ko magpasalamat nang harapan sa kanila, sa ating Pangulong Duterte at Senator Bong Go. Napakabuti n’yo po, sir. Sana po madagdagan pa ng katulad ninyong tao sa ating gobyerno.”

“Maraming mga Pilipinong matulungan, lalong-lalo na sa ibang bansa,” he said, adding that he would make the most of the “new life” given to him by focusing on his family.

Asked about how he intends to spend quality time with his family now that he is back in the country, Roderick, who worked as a cook in Bahrain, responded, “Ipagluluto ko sila ng sinigang.”

Meanwhile, Imelda Aguinaldo, Roderick’s wife, also thanked Duterte and Go for securing the release of her husband and extending assistance to their family while her husband is detained in Bahrain.

Jan 22, 2020. SBG and DFA officials accompanied members of the Aguinaldo family in their visit to Malacanang. Scholarships and other forms of assistance were provided to his children.

“Salamat po sa lahat ng tumulong, sa gobyerno natin. Walang hanggan ang pasasalamat namin kay Pangulong Duterte, kay Senator Bong Go, sa lahat ng sumama sa amin papuntang Bahrain. Salamat po,” she said.

“Ibinalik ninyo ang ama ng mga anak ko,” she added.

Imelda recounted how Go assisted her family during those difficult times when they were uncertain about the fate of her husband. According to her, the Senator was able to assist her in finding employment in Metro Manila and helped their children continue their schooling.

“Dininig ng Diyos ang aming dasal. Wala pong mintis na kaming mag-anak, lagi po ‘yun, walang mintis ang pagsisimba namin. Kaya thank you po sa lahat, kay Senator Bong Go. Kase biruin mo galing pa kaming Bicol, pinauwi kami sa Manila. Tapos ayun po, naipasok niya ako sa trabaho,” she recounted.

“Pinasundo po kami ni Senador sa Bicol. ‘Yung mga bata, dito na po nag-aral. ‘Yung mga batang ‘yan, nabibigyan sila ni Senador ng allowance. Ang bait po talaga. Kahit wala ‘yung asawa, sabi namin, laban lang, malalampasan natin ito,” she mentioned.

March 10, 2019. SM Megamall. SBG spent time and had snacks with the Aguinaldo family to check on their current status.

Go has been instrumental in the subsequent granting of pardon to Aguinaldo. The Senator recounted how he was approached by the Aguinaldo family for the release of their kin—from Go’s first meeting with the family in 2018, coordination with Filipino authorities in Bahrain, until the reduction of the detained OFW’s sentence last year.

In 2019, President Rodrigo Duterte wrote a personal letter to King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa where the President requested for pardon for imprisoned Filipinos in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The King then gave his personal assurance that President Duterte’s concern for the welfare and well-being of Filipinos in the country will be recognized.

“Matapos ang ilang taon po nating pakikipag-ugnayan sa gobyerno ng Bahrain, nagbunga po sa wakas ang ating pagsisikap,” Go recalled.

Last May 31, President Duterte expressed his gratitude to King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa for granting Royal Pardon to 16 Filipinos. Aguinaldo and another OFW named Edward Benjamin Garcia were granted a Royal Pardon on the occasion of Eid’l Fitr. Both have already returned to the Philippines.

President Duterte and the Senator also met with the family of Aguinaldo in January 2020 after they were given an opportunity to have a compassionate visit and flew to Bahrain on January 25, 2020.

Aguinaldo’s family also received financial assistance from the Philippine government. Meanwhile, Go provided scholarships to Aguinaldo’s three children.

“Nagpapasalamat din po tayo sa lahat ng pagsisikap ng ating gobyerno lalo na ng Department of Foreign Affairs Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs, our embassy in Manama, the Special Envoy to the Gulf Cooperation Council Amable Aguiluz V, Presidential Assistant on Foreign Affairs Robert Borje, at sa representatives natin sa Bahrain, upang mapalaya ang ating mga kababayan,” Go said, acknowledging the efforts of concerned government officials.

“Patunay lamang po ito sa malasakit ng gobyerno sa lahat ng mga Pilipino, nasaan man sila sa mundo,” he added.

To further boost efforts of the government to assist OFWs in distress, Go again reiterated his call for the creation of the Department of Overseas Filipino Workers (DOFW), citing that its establishment would cater to the pressing needs of overseas and repatriated Filipinos, especially in times of crisis.

March 10, 2019. SM Megamall. SBG spent time and had snacks with the Aguinaldo family to check on their current status.

Senate Bill 202 or the Department of Overseas Filipinos Act of 2019 filed by Go last July 2019 aims to streamline government efforts to protect the welfare Filipinos abroad and ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of government response to OFW concerns.

“Masakit makitang iniiwan nila ang kanilang pamilya upang magtrabaho lang sa mga malalayong bansa. Minsan, nababasa mo na lang sa Facebook ang kanilang paghingi ng saklolo. Suklian natin ang kanilang mga sakripisyo ng mas maayos at mabilis na serbisyo,” he added.


National Academy of Sports Act signed by PRRD; Bong Go says new law to benefit student-athletes and promote long-term sports development in the country

Senator and Senate Sports Committee Chair Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go lauded President Rodrigo Duterte for signing into law Republic Act 11470, seeking to establish the National Academy of Sports, in a simple ceremony in Davao City on Tuesday, June 9.

The bicameral conference committee report of this measure, based on Senate Bill No. 1086 and House Bill No. 6312, was ratified by the Senate last May 11, followed by the House of Representatives last May 19. Prior to this 18th Congress, similar measures have been pending in the legislature for almost a decade already.

“I firmly believe that with this law, we will be able to catch up with the rest of the world in terms of sports development,” Go, one of the principal authors, said.

Go added that with the establishment of the NAS in very close proximity to world-class facilities in New Clark City, student-athletes can enjoy a level of training which is at par with the best in the world and at the same time be given quality education.

“It is about time that we establish a learning institution focused on sports. Ngayon na magkakaroon na ng National Academy of Sports, sabay nang mabibigyan ang mga kabataang atleta ng pagkakataon na mag-training at makapag-aral sa isang world-class na pasilidad at eskwelahan,” Go said.

On his first month as a Senator, Go filed Senate Bill No. 397 that sought to establish a high school for sports. It was one of his priority bills filed in the present 18th Congress and was also mentioned by President Duterte in his last State of the Nation Address as part of the priority legislative agenda of the administration.

“As the Chairman of the Committee on Sports, I would like to express my gratitude to my fellow legislators for coming together in support of this measure for the benefit of our youth and for the benefit of Philippine sports,” he said.

Go also emphasized that the support of President Duterte and his vision of providing the youth with better opportunities to develop into productive citizens of society through sports were crucial in the passage of the said measure.

“Malaki rin ang pasasalamat natin kay Pangulong Duterte sa pag-apruba niya sa panukalang ito. Isang dekada ang hinintay natin bago naisabatas ito,” he said.

“Sa pamamagitan ng pagbigay ng sapat at maayos na mga programa para sa ating mga kabataan na makapag-aral ng mabuti at magabayan sila sa kanilang mga talento tulad sa sports, mas mabibigyan sila ng oportunidad na magtagumpay sa buhay at mailayo sa masasamang bisyo tulad ng iligal na droga,” he explained further.

Go also expressed his gratitude to government agencies for supporting the legislature during the deliberations of the proposed measure and for affirming their commitment to help realize this dream for aspiring athletes.

“I also would like to thank the Philippines Sports Commission, the Department of Education, the Department of Budget and Management, and the Bases Conversion and Development Authority for their commitment that allowed us to hit the ground running once this measure is signed by President Duterte,” Go acknowledged in a speech he delivered during a Senate session last month.

The NAS will develop and implement a secondary education program, integrated with a special curriculum on sports, targeting young Filipinos with the talent and desire to develop further their sporting skills. Full scholarship will be offered to qualified natural-born secondary school students.

Among others, the law requires that the main campus of the NAS shall be established at the existing New Clark City Sports Complex in Capas, Tarlac. It shall be equipped with the necessary sports facilities, housing, and other amenities according to current international standards. School buildings with sufficient number of classrooms and facilities shall also be constructed at the complex.

The academy will be attached to DepEd, in close coordination with the PSC, tasked to develop the athletic skills and talents of students in world-class facilities at par with international standards.

In addition to honing the students, the board of the academy will also be allowed to approve the hiring of licensed foreign coaches, trainers and consultants duly certified as necessary by PSC. This is to ensure the international competitiveness of the students.

The consolidated Senate and House bills were principally authored by Senator Sherwin Gatchalian and Rep. Roman Romulo. Other principal authors in the Senate, aside from Go, include Senators Sonny Angara and Pia Cayetano. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano also authored the House version, together with others who filed similar measures, such as Representatives Victor Yap, Wilfrido Mark Enverga, Mikee Romero, Roberto Puno, Yedda Marie Romualdez, Luis Ray Villafuerte, Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, Henry Villarica, Alyssa Sheena Tan, Jose Enrique Garcia, Joy Myra Tambunting, Lord Allan Jay Velasco, Paolo Duterte, Lani Cayetano, Abraham Tolentino and Eric Martinez.

Other legislators from both Houses of Congress also signified their intent to become co-authors of the said measure.

Even before he became a Senator, Go always believed that promoting sports can be an effective means for Filipinos to stay away from illegal drugs and criminality.

“Naniniwala ako na epektibong paraan ang sports upang mailayo natin ang mga kabataan sa iligal na droga, kriminalidad at katiwalian. Layunin ko na mabigyan ang ating mga kabataan ng maayos na edukasyon para magkaroon ng marangal at maayos na pamumuhay sa kanilang pagtanda,” he repeatedly said.

Late last year, the Philippines hosted the 30th Southeast Asian Games, emerging as the over-all champion when Team Pilipinas captured a total of 149 gold medals.

“Maganda ang performance natin noong nakaraang SEA Games pero kailangan nating maibalik ang pagiging sports powerhouse ng Pilipinas sa Asya. Sa tulong ng NAS, mas mapapalakas natin ang ating sports development programs upang matulungan ang ating mga atleta na magtagumpay sa kanilang larangan at makakapagbigay ng dagdag karangalan sa ating bansa,” Go said.

The NAS shall be geared towards the early recognition and development of highly talented and exceptionally gifted students and those who have demonstrated the potential of excelling in the field of sports.

“With this landmark measure, the Philippines can produce more world-class Filipino athletes who are well-educated and well-rounded, with a strong sense of patriotism and love of country,” Go stressed.

In his first year in office as a Senator, four of Go’s priority bills have already been enacted into law. Prior to the NAS Act, other laws he authored include Republic Act 11462 (Postponing the May 2020 Barangay and SK Elections), RA 11463 (Malasakit Centers Act), and RA 11466 (Salary Standardization Act).