Senator Christopher “Bong” Go expressed his gratitude to the organizers and participants of the Duterte Legacy Campaign for their efforts to raise awareness on the policies, programs and accomplishments of the Duterte Administration while continuing to provide much-needed services and support to underserved communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The campaign, which centers around the theme of ‘Barangayanihan Caravan Towards National Recovery’, was simultaneously launched in various provinces on Thursday, September 30.
Go’s staff were on ground at the University of Eastern Philippines gymnasium in Catarman, Northern Samar, where they provided meals, vitamins, masks, and face shields to a total of 50 indigent participants during the ceremony.
In a video message, Go recognized the different government agencies and local officials for the support they extended to advance the Duterte Administration’s goal of bringing the government closer to the people. He reaffirmed its unwavering commitment to bringing about change in communities through the promotion of peace and economic development.
“Nagpapasalamat ako sa lahat ng mga ahensya at lokal na pamahalaan na nagsama-sama upang maisukatuparan ang pagtitipon na ito upang mailapit lalo ang gobyerno sa mga komunidad na ngangailangan ng ating tulong at serbisyo,” said Go.
“Lagi ninyong tandaan na nandito kami ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte at ng kanyang administrasyon na patuloy na nagseserbisyo upang makamit ang tunay na pagbabago sa ating komunidad, lalo na pagdating sa pangmatagalang kapayapaan at kaunlaran. Sisiguraduhin natin na walang Pilipino ang maiiwan patungo sa layuning ito,” he vowed.
The Senator emphasized that interventions to resolve poverty, unemployment and unequal opportunities especially in the countryside remain unhampered despite the ongoing pandemic. He said that the President is determined to achieve long-lasting peace and stability especially in marginalized communities.
President Rodrigo Duterte had signed Executive Order No. 70 in 2018 which institutionalized a whole-of-nation approach to attaining inclusive and sustainable peace by creating the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict and adopting a National Peace Framework.
Various partner agencies provide assistance through programs dedicated to help the NTF-ELCAC achieve its target goals, such as the Livelihood Settlement Grant under the Sustainable Livelihood Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development which offers financial aid to former rebels so they can start anew and become productive members of their communities.
“Alam natin lahat na ang patuloy na hidwaan at pag-aalsa sa ating bayan ay maaaring dulot ng matagal na pagsasawalang-bahala sa mga hinaing at pangangailangan ng ating mga mamamayan, lalo na sa kanayunan. At sa pamamagitan ng mga ganitong inisyatibo sana ay maiparamdam natin sa mga komunidad na mayroon kayong gobyernong palaging nagmamalasakit sa inyo,” continued Go.
“Kaya naman minabuting pinirmahan ni Pangulong Duterte ang Executive Order No. 70 upang mabigyang pansin ang tunay na ugat ng hidwaan sa ating bayan, ang kawalan ng hanapbuhay, ang hindi pantay-pantay na oportunidad sa lipunan at ang patuloy na lumalalang kahirapan,” he explained.
On this note, Go called for unity and an end to violence. He stressed the need for cooperation at a time when the nation is grappling with an unprecedented global pandemic which continues to rapidly spread and claim the lives of more Filipinos every day.
“Lahat tayo ay mga Pilipino. Masakit sa amin ni Pangulo Duterte na may nababalitaang nagkakapatayan dahil sa hindi pagkakaunawaan ng mga Pilipino rin. Kaya pakiusap ko, kaysa mag-away-away tayo, magkaisa tayo para sa ikabubuti ng ating bayan,” appealed Go.
“Hindi ito panahon para sa hidwaan lalo’t may pandemya pa tayong hinaharap. Panahon ito ng pagtutulungan, bayanihan at pagmamalasakit sa kapwa dahil sino pa ba ang magtutulungan kundi tayo rin mga kapwa nating Pilipino,” he ended.
Following the ceremony, representatives of the DSWD gave each participant with financial assistance. The Department of Trade and Industry and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority assessed of potential beneficiaries for their respective assistance programs.
The ceremony was also witnessed by Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar; Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario, chair of the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict; 1st District Representative Paul Daza; Governor Edwin Ongchuan; Vice Governor Gary Lavin; Mayor Francisco Rosales Jr.; and Vice Mayor Clarissa Bonsol.
As Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, Go has supported several infrastructure development initiatives in Northern Samar to create more economic opportunities and address the root causes of insurgencies. Among these are the reconstruction of the Catarman Public Market and construction of a slope protection structure along the Catarman – Calbayog Road.
He also supported the construction of a drainage canal and multi-purpose building in Las Navas; concreting of access roads in San Roque; improvement of farm-to-market or local roads in Laoang, Lavezares, Lopez de Vega, Pambujan, and Victoria; construction of a seawall from Barangay Lagundi to Brgy. Kinaguitman in Allen town; construction of road linkages in Catubig and Gamay; construction of a public market circumferential road in San Jose; construction of a drainage canal in Quirino; and construction of a footbridge in Biri.
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