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Boost PH disaster resilience – Go

SABLAYAN, OCCIDENTAL MINDORO—Ensure that evacuation centers and other designated facilities can meet evacuees’ urgent requirements during disasters, while assuring safety amid the continuing threat of Covid-19.

It’s the appeal of Senator Christopher “Bong” Go to concerned agencies and local government officials in an outreach here.

This, against the backdrop of Senate Bill No. 1228, which he filed in 2019, that provides for the establishment of a permanent and dedicated evacuation center in every city, municipality and province to ensure the well-being of Filipinos in times of emergency.

From 8 to 9 September, the Senator’s staff gave food, vitamins, masks and face shields to a total of 1,000 flash flood victims at Barangay San Agustin.

He offered new pairs of shoes to selected beneficiaries, as well as bicycles to those who are struggling to commute. Others received computer tablets for their children to use in their schools’ blended learning programs.

In a separate distribution, representatives from the Department of Social Welfare and Development also handed out financial assistance as part of ongoing efforts by the national government to help communities recover from disasters.

Continuing his message, the Senator, who also serves as the Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, offered to help individuals with medical problems and strongly recommended them to go to the Malasakit Center at the Occidental Mindoro Provincial Hospital in Mamburao.

The Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop initiated by Go where poor and indigent patients may conveniently avail of medical assistance from the DSWD, Department of Health, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. The centers have benefited an estimated two million Filipino patients. There are currently 138 Malasakit centers nationwide.

As Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, Go has also supported several infrastructure initiatives to enhance the economic growth and development of Occidental Mindoro. These include the construction of flood control structures; the construction of an evacuation center; and the improvement of roads in Sablayan.

He also supported the construction of other roads in Calintaan, Magsaysay and San Jose; drainage canal in San Jose; flood control structures in Abra de Ilog and San Jose; an evacuation center in Mamburao and Calintaan; a barangay hall in Paluan; public market building in Magsaysay and San Jose; numerous water system projects in Calintaan, Magsaysay, Rizal and San Jose; and a protection dike and the improvement of the Balibago Bridge in Mamburao.

On 6 September, the senator’s team also conducted a relief effort for 1,000 flash flood victims in Mamburao municipality of the same province.

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