SENATOR Christopher “Bong” Go remains committed to his promise of helping those who are in need, especially Filipinos affected by calamities and accidents. Go, through his team, distributed immediate relief assistance on Wednesday, August 19, to residents in Tagum City, Davao del Norte who were affected by a fire incident and two freak tornado incidents in different barangays recently.
“May dala kaming pagkain at face mask na magagamit ninyo. Mayroon ding bisikleta para sa mga nagbi-bike papunta sa kanilang mga trabaho,” Go said through a video call.
“Nabalitaan ko rin na may ipo-ipo, tornado na dumating sa inyong lugar. Ang importante, walang nasaktan sa inyo. Importante, buhay tayong lahat. Iyang gamit, kaya nating bilhin pero ang buhay, hindi na iyan mapapalitan,” he added.
A family composed of five individuals was affected by the fire that ravaged their home on July 4, while twelve families from two barangays, Barangay Libuganon and Barangay Busaon, were hit by freak tornado on July 4 and July 29, respectively.
Through his team, Go distributed food, face masks and medicine to affected families. Several bicycle units were also distributed to the neediest. The distribution of assistance was conducted in compliance with strict health and safety protocols, including social distancing, to ensure the protection of everyone as the country still faces the threats caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Barangay Captain Bienvenido Lagmay of Brgy. Busaon expressed his gratitude towards the assistance provided by the Senator. He said that this has been the first time that they have received assistance from the national government after calamity struck their small community.
“Nagpapasalamat ako kay Senador Bong Go sa ibinigay mong ayuda sa aking mga tauhan na naapektuhan ng ipo-ipo. So, first time naming na nakatanggap ng tulong mula sa taas, na meron palang ganito. Noon kasing natamaan kami ng ipo-ipo, ang aking constituents, kahit konting tulong, wala kaming natanggap, pero ngayon, malaki ang aking pasasalamat bilang kapitan ng Busaon sa inyong kabutihan,” Lagmay said in Visayan.
On the other hand, a resident who became one of the recipients of the bicycles given away expressed his gratitude towards the assistance given by Go. He said, “Nagpapasalamat ako dahil magagamit ko ito ngayon sa panahon ng aming pagpapaalam sa mga tao na magtanim ng gulay pangsuporta sa seedling program ng aming syudad.”
The victims were also earlier provided food packs and shelter materials by the City Social Welfare and Development Office last month.
The Senator has been pushing for several measures that will help the country improve its services and response to fire accidents and calamities. These include Senate Bill 204 or the proposed Fire Protection Modernization Act of 2019, SB 205 or the Department of Disaster Resilience Act, and SB 1228 or the Mandatory Evacuation Center Bill.