Senator Christopher “Bong” Go brought hope to the victims of Tropical Storm Vicky in Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte by responding to their immediate needs before welcoming the new year.
On Monday, 28 December, Go’s team met with a total of 500 beneficiaries at the Cabadbaran City Gym and distributed meals, food packs, vitamins, masks and face shields. The team strictly complied with necessary health and safety protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other diseases.
Go reassured the flood victims of the government’s continuing commitment to ensure their recovery despite the many challenges the country is facing today.
“Huwag kayong mawalan ng pag-asa dahil kami ni Presidente [Rodrigo] Duterte, patuloy kaming magseserbisyo sa inyong lahat. Huwag rin kayong mahiyang magsabi o manghingi ng tulong sa amin dahil trabaho namin ang magsilbi sa inyo,” Go said.
Selected beneficiaries from the indigent sector were given new shoes while others received bicycles to travel with ease amid the limited public transportation options.
The team also gave away a number of tablets to students to help them cope with the blended learning set-up being implemented by schools.
“Pakiusap ko sa inyo, mga bata, mag-aral kayo ng mabuti dahil ‘yan lang ang puhunan niyo sa mundo: ang edukasyon. Iyan rin ang magpapasaya sa inyong mga magulang na nagpapakamatay sa trabaho para makapagtapos lamang kayo ng pag-aaral,” Go added.
Go offered to help those in need of medical attention. He informed the beneficiaries that they can now conveniently avail of medical assistance from government through the nearest Malasakit Center located at the Butuan Medical Center.
On the other hand, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) gave separate financial assistance. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) also extended aid to qualified beneficiaries who lost their livelihoods to the flood.
The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) provided displaced workers with scholarships, so they can develop new skills and find opportunities for employment.
While the National Housing Authority (NHA) committed to provide housing assistance upon completion of its assessments.
He thanked the local officials on-site for their untiring service to affected communities. Among those present during the activity were Governor Dale B. Corvera, 2nd District Representative Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba, Mayor Judy Chin Amante, and Vice Mayor Rey G. Jamboy, among others.
“Nakikiusap ako sa inyo na kaunting tiis muna tayo ngayon, sumunod tayo sa gobyerno. Huwag kayong mag-alala dahil kapag mayroon ng safe na vaccine, uunahin namin kayo ni Presidente Duterte, lahat kayong mga mahihirap para makabalik na tayo sa normal natin na pamumuhay,” Go added.
“Gagawin namin ang lahat sa abot ng aming makakaya para magserbisyo sa inyo at magbigay ng tulong sa mga nangangailangan. Bisyo ko ang magserbisyo sa inyo,” he ended.
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