Bong Go visits Tacloban fire victims

Straight from his attendance at the groundbreaking ceremony for the housing construction project for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda in Tanauan, Leyte and candle lighting ceremony commemorating the tragedy, Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” went immediately to Tacloban City on Friday, November 8, to assist victims who lost their homes in a fire incident recently.

Go brought groceries, food packs and financial assistance, and distributed them to the 49 families affected by the fire incident that occurred in Brgy. 37 of Seawall Area in Tacloban City on November 2.

“Pangako ko noon na papasukin ko at pupuntahan ang bawat iskinita at sulok ng bansa hanggang sa makakaya ko para malaman ko ang inyong hinaing at makapagpadala ng tulong sa mga nangangailangan,” Go told fire victims.

The senator also told the crowd that he will help provide uniforms and school supplies for students who were affected by the fire.

Representatives from the different government agencies were also present to provide additional assistance to the fire victims. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) representatives offered livelihood assistance while the National Housing Authority (NHA) extended housing assistance to the qualified victims.

Go also encouraged those who need medical assistance to go to the nearest Malasakit Center to seek government aid. While another Malasakit Center is set to be established in Leyte, Go encouraged the residents to utilize the first one built at Eastern Visayas Medical Center where they can avail of medical assistance from government agencies, like Department of Health (DOH), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) and PhilHealth.

“Sa mga nasaktan sa sunog o maysakit, pumunta po kayo sa pinakamalapit na Malasakit Center dito sa Tacloban. Makakatulong po ang Malasakit Center sa inyo dahil hindi kayo pababayaan sa pag-assist na makakuha ng financial medical assistance,” Go said.

“Walang pinipili dito… Basta Pilipino ka, pwede kang humingi ng tulong dito,” he added.

Go also said that the Malasakit Center Act of 2019 is nearing approval in the Senate and will hopefully become a law soon to institutionalize it and serve more Filipinos in need of medical assistance.