TRUE to his promises, newly elected Senator Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go continues to visit fire victims even when he already started his work in the Senate.
Go rushed to the victims of fire at Barangay Bahay Toro, Quezon City yesterday to listen and respond to their immediate concerns.
“Narito po ako, handa na akong magserbisyo sa inyo. Ayoko po limitahan ang sarili ko na isang mambabatas lamang. Gusto ko bumaba sa inyo para mabigyan agad ng solusyon ang mga problema at matugunan ang mga hinaing ninyo,” he said.
A total of 65 families were left homeless after a fire struck their houses yesterday morning. The victims are currently staying at a GSIS covered court as their evacuation center.
Having been immersed with fire victims over the past several months, Go has decided to file the Fire Protection Modernization Bill.
The bill, which seeks to modernize the Bureau of Fire Protection with the adoption of a Fire Protection Modernization Program, shall include the hiring of more personnel, acquisition of modern fire equipment, trainings for firefighters, among others, all designed to suppress all kinds of destructive fires and prevent deaths and injuries, is one of the first bills that he filed to address fire incidents in the country.
“Masakit at masyadong mahirap po ang masunugan ng bahay at mawalan ng mga minamahal sa buhay dahil sa mga sunog,” he said.
“Kailangang mag-hire pa tayo ng mas maraming firefighters na merong mas maraming mga trainings para sa kanila. Kailangan din nating makabili ng mga modernong kagamitan at fire trucks upang matugunan ang mga pangangailangan ng bawat biktima,” Go added.
Moreover, Senator Go remains committed to making sure that victims of disasters can rely on the government to help them rebuild their lives, that is why, he will also push for the creation of the Department of Disaster Resilience.
“Kailangan po talaga natin na i-scale up ang preparedness to resiliency against disasters. Napapanahon na din na talagang magkaroon ng sariling departamento na nakatutok talaga dito sa mga ganitong pangyayari,” Go stated.
The department will primarily be responsible for ensuring safe, adaptive and disaster-resilient communities. The department shall concentrate on three key result areas, namely: disaster risk reduction, disaster preparedness and response, and recovery and building forward better.
Senator Go also vowed to extend the term of barangay officials until 2022 to give them ample time to finish their respective programs and projects.
“Gusto niyo ba ma-extend ang termino niyo?” Go asked barangay Toro officials.
“May paki-usap lang ako, huwag niyo pabayaan itong mga nasunugan. I-file ko po mamaya ang bill para ma-extend ang termino niyo from May 2020 to October 2022,” Go said.