STRAIGHT from Bangkok, Thailand where he supported the President at the opening of the 34th ASEAN Summit, Senator-elect Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go rushed to the 50 families affected by a fire at 237 JP Rizal, Brgy San Roque, Quezon City.
A total of 120 residents whose houses were razed by fire on June 19 were forced to evacuate to Murphy Public Market in 15th Avenue, Quezon City.
Go assured the victims that he will continue visiting areas that are hard to be reached for him to listen to the ordinary Filipinos’ concerns even when he starts his work in the Senate.
“Hindi ko po matiis na nakaupo lang sa opisina. Gusto ko aksyon na ora mismo at mabigyan agad ng solusyon ang inyong hinaing. Bababa po ako sa inyo. Kahit saang sulok ng Pilipinas ay papasukin ko po para marinig at mabigyan kayo ng tulong,” he said.
By the end of Go’s speech, the Senator-elect left a reminder saying, “May gusto lang ako ibilin sa inyo mga kapatid kong Pilipino, alam niyo po, kung ano man ‘yung kabutihan na kaya natin gawin sa kapwa, gawin na natin ngayon dahil minsan lang tayo dadaan sa mundong ito. Naniniwala po ako na ang serbisyo sa tao ay serbisyo sa Diyos.”
Through the coordination of Go, the National Housing Authority (NHA) has vowed to help the victims with their housing needs.
“Nandito po ang National Housing Authority (NHA) para mag-interview sa inyo kung sino ang gustong mag-avail ng murang pabahay mula sa gobyerno. Sa inyo na po iyon,” he said.
Go also requested various government agencies to provide additional relief assistance to the affected community.
“Pinakiusapan rin po natin ‘yung mga kasamahan ko sa gobyerno katulad ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), at Department of Health (DOH), upang magbigay ng tulong sa inyo,” he added.
He also pledged to give financial aid to those who want to go back to their respective provinces and buy students the school supplies and uniforms they need in order for them to go back to school as soon as possible.
Likewise, Go offered medical assistance to those who are in need through Malasakit Center.
As his brainchild, Malasakit Center is a continuing program of the administration seeking to make it easier and faster for indigent patients to avail themselves of medical and financial assistance from the government by bringing together in one room all concerned agencies such as the DOH, DSWD, PCSO, and PhilHealth.
Apart from providing help to fire survivors, Bong Go joined TODA drivers and operators in a boodle fight. He ate home-cooked food with them, traded stories, and expressed solidarity with them in trying to earn a decent living to provide a better future for their families.
“Ipagpapatuloy at papalakasin natin ang laban upang matigil ang korapsyon, kriminalidad at iligal na droga sa bansa. Bilang mga ama, nais natin maprotektahan ang ating mga pamilya at mabigyan ng mas magandang kinabukasan ang ating mga anak,” he said.
Go is also scheduled to visit the individuals affected by the fire in Parañaque City after the Quezon City fire visit.