Bong Go appeals to the gov’t to provide additional social amelioration for poor Filipinos

I am appealing to President Rodrigo Duterte, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado, and other concerned national government agencies to provide additional assistance to poor Filipinos through an expanded Social Amelioration Program.

Let us work together to find the funds needed to further help our people, especially those whose lives and livelihoods are adversely affected by tighter restrictions which we imposed to stop the spread of COVID-19.

I am also urging the Department of Social Welfare and Development to determine how many of our kababayans nationwide should receive additional social amelioration, so we can have a clearer picture how much resources are needed to implement this program.

Hanapan natin ng paraan na mabigyan ng dagdag na ayuda ang lahat ng ating mga kababayang nangangailangan. Marami pong naghihirap ngayon. Karamihan ay nawalan ng trabaho o hirap ang kabuhayan at may mga pamilyang binubuhay kaya gawin natin ang lahat ng ating makakaya para pagaanin ang pasakit na dinadala nila. Hindi lang po sana ito sa NCR o sa katabing mga probinsya lamang. Buong Pilipinas po sana.

Naranasan na po natin ito noong nakaraang taon. Ayusin na natin agad kapag may mga nakikitang problema sa listahan ng mga benepisyaryo. Siguraduhin natin na magamit ang pondo nang tama, walang masayang, at maramdaman ng mga tao kahit sa malalayong lugar ang tulong mula sa gobyerno.

Let us work together to fill in the gaps as the needs of Filipino families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic continue to grow and evolve. Especially during these extremely challenging times, the government must do everything it can to ease the burden of our people.

Bong Go’s office holds relief activities in North Cotabato

Gives aid to hundreds of struggling market vendors

In support of small businesses affected by the COVID-19 crisis, the Office of Senator Christopher “Bong” Go recently began a series of relief activities for the market vendors in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato who are struggling to stay afloat as they continue to serve as an important source of fresh, healthy and affordable food especially for ordinary Filipinos.

The first batches were held on March 17 and 18 at the Kidapawan City Pilot Elementary School covered court where a total of 438 market vendors were given meals, food packs, vitamins, medical-grade masks, and face shields by the Senator’s team.

“Mga kababayan, tandaan po natin na ang pag-iingat at kooperasyon ninyo, ang inyong pagmamalasakit sa kapwa, ay malaking parte ng ating bayanihan efforts upang malampasan ang pagsubok na ito,” Go began in a video message.

“Magpalakas tayo ng katawan at resistensya at sumunod rin tayo sa gobyerno. Gamitin natin ang mga masks, mag-social distancing at maghugas ng kamay dahil delikado pa ang panahon ngayon,” he continued.

Selected beneficiaries were also given new shoes while those facing difficulties in their daily commute received bicycles. Others were provided computer tablets to help their children with their educational activities under the blended learning approach.

Meanwhile, personnel from the DSWD also distributed cash assistance as part of a holistic set of interventions by the government for communities in crisis. The DOH gave away additional face masks while the Department of Agriculture brought seed supplies to encourage everyone to grow their own vegetables.

On the other hand, the Departments of Labor and Employment, and Trade and Industry assessed vendors seeking alternative employment and livelihood options, respectively. The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, in turn, profiled potential candidates for their scholarship grant program.

“Nagpapasalamat ako ng lubos kay Senador Bong at kay Presidente Duterte para sa mga ibinigay nilang tulong sa aming mga negosyante. Malaki ang hirap namin noong nagsarado ang aming mga tindahan. Talagang wala kaming income kaya natutuwa kami na nabigyan kami kahit kaunti man lang na tulong. Malaking bagay na ‘to sa amin. Mabuhay tayong lahat!” said Anna Evangelista, a market vendor from Barangay Lanao.

Go also offered his help to beneficiaries or their family members who need medical care. He advised them to visit their nearest Malasakit Center to access medical assistance from the government.

Malasakit Centers have been established at the Davao del Sur Provincial Hospital in Digos City; Sultan Kudarat Provincial Hospital in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat; Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City; and at other hospitals throughout the country.

Wrapping up his message, the Senator thanked Mayor Joseph Evangelista; Vice Mayor Jivy Roe Bombeo; and Councilors Melvin Lamatan, Marittess Malaluan, Gregoria Lonzaga, Ruby Padilla-Sison, Carlo Agamon, Airene Pagal, Aljo Dizon, Lauro Taynan Jr., Junares Amador, and Peter Salac for their efforts to address the needs of their constituents affected by the pandemic.

He also acknowledged Poblacion Punong Barangay Arnold Sumbling, Magsaysay Punong Barangay Julio Labinghisa, Sudapin Punong Barangay Jon Karl Sibug, and Balindog Punong Barangay Angelo Saniel for their ongoing support.

“Huwag kayong mag-alala dahil unti-unti nang dumadating ang mga bakuna. Pagkatapos ng mga medical frontliners, uunahin namin ni Pangulong [Rodrigo] Duterte ang lahat ng mga nangangailangan, gaya ng mga market vendors,” assured Go.

“Ngayon kung may maitutulong pa kami, sabihan niyo lang ang aking opisina at sa abot ng aming makakaya, tutulungan namin kayo. Walang tulog ang aming serbisyo lalo na ngayon sa panahong pinaka-nangangailangan ang mga Pilipino,” he added.

Go will also personally visit Kidapawan City this Saturday, March 20 to provide more aid to another set of beneficiaries.

Bong Go’s office conducts two-day relief activities in Surigao del Sur

Assists over a thousand typhoon victims to help them recover and build back better

Four weeks after Typhoon Auring, an outreach team of Senator Christopher “Bong” Go delivered much-needed additional aid to Bayabas and Cortes in Surigao del Sur after many residents were still struggling with access to food, water, power or shelter, following the devastation of the storm.

Activities were held at the Solomon Lozada National High School in Bayabas and Cortes municipal gym on Wednesday, March 17, during which the team handed out meals, food and medicine packs, medical-grade masks, and face shields to a total of 1,517 typhoon victims.

Selected beneficiaries were given bicycles for their daily commute while others received new pairs of shoes. Some recipients were provided computer tablets so their children can study more effectively from home while schools remain closed.

“Mga kababayan ko, huwag kayong mag-alala dahil nandirito kami ni Presidente Rodrigo Duterte upang magbigay ng tulong sa inyo. Huwag kayong mahiyang lumapit sa amin dahil trabaho namin ang magserbisyo sa inyo,” Go said in a video call.

The previous day, March 16, his team gave the same aid to over 2,000 victims in Cagwait.

To ensure their full recovery, government agencies tasked with the responsibility of delivering emergency relief and recovery assistance to families and communities in crisis situations also took part in the said activities.

Personnel from the Department of Social Welfare and Development distributed cash assistance while the Department of Agriculture gave away rodenticide and supplies of vegetable seeds to encourage home gardening.

The Departments of Labor and Employment, and Trade and Industry, in turn, conducted assessments of displaced workers in need of emergency employment and livelihood assistance, respectively. In addition, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority offered scholarship grants to workers who wish to develop new skills.

“Huwag kayo mag-alala dahil ginagawa ng gobyerno ang lahat para balansehin ang inyong mga pangangailangan habang pinapangalagaan ang buhay ng bawat Pilipino,” said Go.

“Pagkatapos ng mga frontliners, prayoridad namin ni Pangulong Duterte ang mga mahihirap at ‘yung mga nasa vulnerable sectors. Ito ‘yung mga taong kailangang lumabas para magtrabaho. ‘Yung mga ‘isang kahig, isang tuka’,” he explained.

In addition to the above aid, the Senator also offered the assistance of his office to those in urgent need of medical care. He advised them to also seek government aid through the Malasakit Center at the Butuan Medical Center in Butuan City.

The Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop which simplifies access to the medical assistance programs offered by the DSWD, Department of Health, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.

In his message, the Senator also recognized and thanked the local officials for their dedicated service to the affected communities. Among those present during the activities were Bayabas Mayor Maria Clarita Limbaro and Vice Mayor Apolonio Lozada , and Cortes Mayor Jose Bonifacio and Vice Mayor Dennis Yu.

“Hindi ko sasayangin ang aking oras na nakaupo lang sa opisina. Magseserbisyo ako sa inyo sa abot ng aking makakaya dahil mahal ko ang mga kapatid kong Pilipino,” said Go.

“Nalulungkot ako dahil alam kong hirap na hirap na kayo. Hirap na din kami ni Pangulong Duterte pero kayo po ang nagbibigay ng lakas sa amin para paigtingin pa namin ang aming pagseserbisyo sa ating bayan,” he added.

Pulong Duterte provides aid to typhoon victims

DAVAO CITY – The office of the First Congressional District Representative Paolo “Pulong” Duterte distributed on March 15, Monday, 200 rice packs to flashflood victims in San Agustin town, Surigao del Sur province.

The rice packs were brought to the Young Women’s Christian Association in Barangay Otieza in San Agustin, and were distributed to 200 beneficiaries hit by the massive flooding caused by the tropical depression Auring.

Auring is the first typhoon to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) this year. Isolated flooding and rain-induced landslides were reported in Surigao del Sur and nearby areas caused by the typhoon last month.

Duterte’s office said the distribution of rice is a continuation of the relief efforts provided by the First Congressional District Office. The activity was carried out in strict compliance with the health and safety protocols against the coronavirus diseases.

Pulong gives relief aid to Davao fire victims

DAVAO CITY – The office of the First Congressional District Representative Paolo “Pulong” Duterte distributed on Saturday afternoon cash aid and rice packs to more than 500 families affected by a fire incident in Barangay Vicente Duterte in Agdao District.

Each recipient – which composed of house owners, sharers, boarders, renters, and caretakers – received cash aid and 10 kilos sack of rice from Rep. Duterte’s office. The distribution was held at Holy Cross Drive in Barangay Vicente Duterte at around 1:30 p.m.

House owner Lyn Noble, 31, a factory worker, described the current situation as exhausting. She added that she and her husband were not around when the fire gutted down their house; not even a single valuable item was saved from the incident.

“Maayo nalang naa koy paryente diri sa siyudad, didto mi karon temporarily nag-stay samtang gapaabot mi kung kanus-a pwede makabalik sa amoa or kung mangita na ba mi niini ug balay na makabalhinan,” Noble said.

In the initial report from the Davao City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), 574 families have been affected by the incident, of which 275 are house owners, 126 are sharers, 127 are renters, 40 are boarders, and six are caretakers.

The fire gutted down over 300 houses at Purok IKP and San Jose in Barangay Vicente Duterte on March 9, Tuesday, at around 2:53 p.m. leaving the victims homeless. All victims are temporarily sheltered at Kasilak Gymnasium and two other evacuation centers in the barangay.

Barangay Vicente Duterte chairwoman Remedios dela Luz said that she was really saddened about the incident. Luz expressed her gratitude to the First Congressional District Office, especially to Rep. Duterte, for the extended help to the fire victims.

The district office has been giving food packs not only to its constituents, but also to other areas of Davao City where people are in need of immediate assistance even amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.