Senator Christopher “Bong” Go showed his support to essential workers and other sectoral groups in Botolan, Zambales, as his staff organized a relief operation to distribute assistance to thousands of beneficiaries in the town.
Go’s team facilitated the distribution activity on 3 September, while they strictly implemented safety and health protocols.
They grouped the 5,157 recipients, composed of Aetas, tricycle and jeepney drivers, farmers, fisherfolks, laborers, beauty parlor owners and ambulant vendors into smaller batches in three different venues to ensure the efficiency of the distribution and to safeguard the well-being of everyone.
During the distribution activity, the recipients received meals, masks, face shields and vitamins from Go’s staff.
Go also reminded them to take sufficient precautions and take care of their health everyday as added protection against Covid-19.
Moreover, some beneficiaries were given bicycles while others received new pairs of shoes from Go’s team.
Go, an advocate for improved access to quality education, sent computer tablets to some recipients to give their children access to educational materials as they pursue their schooling under the blended learning set-up implemented in schools.
Meanwhile, the Department of Social Welfare and Development provided each beneficiary with financial assistance to further support their daily needs.
Nestle Philippines, Inc. also sent various products as donations to the community in coordination with the Office of Senator Go. The Senator highlighted the importance of working with the private sector to strengthen the bayanihan efforts in overcoming the crisis.
Go also offered to assist beneficiaries or their loved ones who are in need of medical attention as he encouraged them to also visit the Malasakit Center in President Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Hospital in Iba.
The Malasakit center is a one-stop shop where Filipinos, particularly poor and indigent patients, can conveniently avail the medical assistance programs offered by the government, specifically the DSWD, Department of Health, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.
To date, there are 138 Malasakit Centers that have assisted over two million Filipinos nationwide.
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