Senator Christopher “Bong” Go once more urged the government to further accelerate the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in order to reach essential workers as well as poor and vulnerable sectors belonging to the A4 and A5 priority groups as his team conducted an activity for the vulnerable and indigent residents of Baganga town in Davao Oriental on Friday, May 21.
“Magtiwala kayo sa bakuna at sa ating gobyerno para makabalik na tayo sa dati. Alam ko ‘yun rin ang inaasam ninyo at pinagdarasal nating lahat,” Go started in a video message.
“Bagama’t limitado ang supply, unti-unti nang dumadating ang mga bakuna. Kaya nananawagan ako sa ating gobyerno na bilisan na ang vaccine rollout. Dapat walang masayang na bakuna, dapat maibigay na ito sa mga Pilipino sa susunod na priority groups na willing magpaturok,” he continued.
The Senator’s team handed out meals, vitamins, masks and face shields to a total of 383 beneficiaries, composed of farmers, indigenous peoples and former rebels at the Barangay Salingcomot covered court.
Selected beneficiaries were given new pairs of shoes while some were provided bicycles for their daily commuting needs. Others received computer tablets to help their children better participate in their classes under the blended learning set-up.
The same activity was also held in Mati City on the same day. Each distribution was carried out in batches to ensure the necessary health and safety protocols were strictly observed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“Kailangan namin ni Pangulong [Rodrigo] Duterte ang kooperasyon ninyo upang malampasan natin ang krisis na ito. Huwag tayo maging kumpiyansa. Kahit na nabakunahan na kayo, mag-social distancing at magsuot pa rin kayo ng mask at face shield dahil hindi natin alam kung sino ang positibo dito sa COVID 19,” urged Go.
The Chair of the Senate Health Committee went on to offer his assistance to beneficiaries or their family members who are in urgent need of medical care. He advised indigent patients to visit the Malasakit Center, a one-stop shop for government medical assistance programs, located at the Davao Oriental Provincial Medical Center in Mati City.
The Malasakit Center streamlines the process of requesting assistance from the Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. There are currently 113 Malasakit Centers nationwide.
During the activity, personnel from the DSWD were likewise present to distribute financial assistance and additional food packs as part of a holistic set of interventions by the government for communities in crisis situations.
The Department of Agriculture provided farmers with separate financial assistance, supplies of vegetable seeds and fingerlings. It also conducted an assessment for its livestock allocation program.
Meanwhile, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority offered scholarship grants and livelihood training courses to qualified beneficiaries. The Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Trade and Industry assessed potential beneficiaries for their respective assistance programs.
In his message, the Senator recognized the local government officials for continuing to serve their constituents in the midst of a pandemic and other crises. He specifically thanked 1st District Representative Corazon Nuñez-Malanyaon, Governor Nelson Dayanghirang, Baganga Mayor Arturo Monday, Boston Mayor Rowell Rosit and Cateel Mayor Erlinda Nuñez.
To create more jobs and attract investments, Go has supported the funding for the improvement or construction of access roads leading to declared tourism destinations, including Pilot’s View in Sitio Bobon and the white sand beaches in Brgy. Salingcomot; the construction of the Binondo-Sitio Mantapay road; and the repair of the Gov. Chavez Street in Brgy. Central. He also supported the funding for the establishment of a potable water system in Baganga.
On Tuesday, May 18, the Senator’s representatives also joined in the ceremonial turnover of checks and groundbreaking of the Balai Maganahay housing project in Mati City. They extended aid to a total of 100 indigenous beneficiaries at the Brgy. Dawan covered court.