Go sends needed aid to NAIA utility workers

August 16, 2020

IN a recent interview, media reporters raised to Senator Christopher “Bong” Go the difficult situation of contractual airport utility workers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

According to reports, these workers have been allegedly experiencing delays in their salaries and have not received any hazard pay or food allowance from the airport authority during the quarantine period. 

Go immediately sent his team to check on the situation of these workers and recently provided assistance to them who continue to work despite the strenuous conditions amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in the country. 

More than 3,000 airport utility workers assigned in NAIA terminals received from Senator Go, through his staff, face masks and grocery packs.  Workers in Terminals 1, 2 and 3 received the same assistance last August 12, 13 and 14, respectively.  Go’s personnel also gave away bicycles to selected recipients from the three terminals to help them in their daily commute.

“Namigay po tayo ng face masks para sa kanilang proteksyon at pagkain. Namahagi rin po tayo ng bikes sa iilan sa mga trabahante para naman makatulong sa kanilang pagpunta sa trabaho at pag-uwi sa kanilang mga tahanan,” Go stated.

“Alam kong nahihirapan tayong lahat sa sitwasyon ngayon. Kaunting tiis lang po, alam ko pong hirap na kayo. Huwag po kayong mag-alala, nakaabot sa akin ang inyong mga hinaing at tutulong po kami sa abot ng aming makakaya,” Go said to all airport utility workers present during the distribution of aid through a video call. 

The senator’s office also coordinated with the Department of Social Welfare and Development to extend relief and financial assistance to them through the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) program.

“Dahil sa dahan-dahang pagbubukas ng ating mga serbisyo sa ating mga paliparan, exposed sa possible transmission ng COVID-19 ang mga nagtatrabaho rito. Minabuti na lang po natin na tingnan ang kanilang kapakanan at kung nabigyan na rin ba sila ng tulong mula sa kanilang kumpanya at sa gobyerno,” Go said.

“Subukan natin kung ano ang ating maitulong to compensate sa kanilang serbisyo sa ating kapwa, kasi sila ang medyo delikado ang ginagawa. Sila ang exposed, dapat naman i-compensate sila,” Go said during the interview.

Go also shared with workers that they may avail of the financial and medical assistance in Malasakit Centers, one of his first bills which was passed into law last December of 2019. 

“May mga Malasakit Center na tayo, 79 na po ‘yan sa buong bansa. Kung may kailangan kayo sa ospital, mga babayaran, andiyan po ang aking staff. Tutulong kami sa abot ng aming makakaya. Huwag po kayong mag-atubiling lumapit sa akin dahil trabaho po namin iyan na pagserbisyuhan kayo,” Go said.

Go committed that his office will always be open and ready to serve those who need government’s attention and he will continue to act as a bridge between the people and the President. 

“Salamat sa inyong lahat. Kung mayroon kayong ibang kailangan, hinaing o paghingi ng tulong sa ospital, handa po ‘yung opisina namin na tumulong sa inyo…. Kung may mga kamag-anak kayong kailangan ng tulong, bukas po ang aking opisina,” he said.

“Kami po ni Pangulong Duterte, wala na po kaming ibang hihilingin sa Panginoon. Ibabalik lang namin sa tao ang serbisyong dapat ninyong matanggap mula sa gobyernong palaging nagmamalasakit sa inyo,” he stressed.