FOLLOWING strict social distancing and quarantine protocols, Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go’s office continues to extend assistance to fire victims in a manner that will not put them in harm’s way as the Philippines continues to grapple with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.
Go’s office mobilized a team to distribute financial aid and food packs containing fresh fruits to families victimized by fire incidents in Brgy. Happyland, Tondo, Manila City, Brgy. Molino 2, Bacoor City, Cavite, and Brgy. Krus Na Ligas, Quezon City, respectively.
Around 1,055 families were affected and 500 houses razed by the fire incident in Tondo; 15 families and 2 houses in the Quezon City fire; and 28 families and 26 houses were affected by the Bacoor City fire that took place last April 18, 19 and 20, respectively.
The distributions of groceries, food, hygiene kits, masks and financial assistance were conducted strictly in accordance with enhanced community quarantine protocols which include proper physical distancing.
“Nabigyan sila ng groceries, pagkain at financial assistance para pantawid nila ngayon sa kanilang pinagdadaanan. Hindi madali ngayon ang magkasakit, lalong hindi madali ang mawalan ng tirahan at ari-arian,” Go said.
“Sa panahon ng krisis, hindi pwedeng ipagpaliban ang tulong sa kapwa Pilipino, tuloy-tuloy tayong magseserbisyo,” he added, saying that the government should continue to do its job despite the ECQ without putting the health of others at risk.
Representatives from concerned government agencies, such as the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Department of Trade and Industry were also present during the visit to provide additional assistance to the fire victims.
The Tondo victims, around 4,155 individuals, are currently staying in five different evacuation sites in the area, including the Barangay Hall, Covered Court, Amado Elementary School, Vicente Elementary School, and the schools’ outside premises.
On the other hand, the victims in Cavite, comprising of 110 individuals, and the QC fire victims comprising of 54 individuals are currently staying at Bayanan Elementary School and C.P. Garcia Covered Court, respectively.
Go, who has actively visited fire victims nationwide prior to the COVID-19 emergency, said that he has to comply with the ECQ measures in place, thereby temporarily halting the conduct of his fire visits.
“Gusto ko man puntahan at yakapin ang aking mga kababayan, lalo na ang mga nangangailangan, mga nasunugan, kailangan kong sumunod muna sa umiiral na polisiya ngayon para mabilis nating makontrol at masugpo ang pagkalat ng COVID-19 sa bansa,” Go said.
The Senator also urged Filipinos to continue observing the community quarantine protocols set by the government to further prevent the spread of the virus in the country and for their communities to overcome this crisis the soonest.
“Alam ko inip na inip na kayo. Hindi po ito matatapos kung hindi natin ito masusugpo. Disiplina po ang ating kailangan. Sumunod po tayo sa quarantine protocols. Kapakanan ninyo ang lagi naming iniisip dito... Sana wala nang kaso sa inyong lugar at bumalik na unti-unti sa normal ang ating pamumuhay,” he appealed.
“Sana ay malampasan natin ang problemang ito at makabalik po tayo at makabisita. Huwag naman po sana na may masunugan pa. Ingat po tayo, lalong-lalo na po sa panahon na ito ay hirap na hirap po tayo sa ating sitwasyon,” he added.
On April 24, it was announced that President Rodrigo Duterte adopted the recommendations of the Inter-Agency Task Force extending the ECQ in the National Capital Region and other areas in the country considered as high-risk until May 15.