Senator Christopher “Bong” Go sent aid to at least 272 public market vendors in Jolo, Sulu in a distribution activity held on Wednesday, 6 January at the Provincial Capitol Covered Court, Jolo, Sulu.
“Assalamu Alaikum. Kumusta po kayo, mga kababayan ko sa Sulu? Sana ay mabuti ang inyong kalagayan. Alam ko na mahirap ang buhay ngayon dahil sa sakit na COVID-19. Pero gusto ko lang sabihin sa inyo na konting tiis lang po dahil malalampasan natin ito. Magtutulungan tayo rito,” Go said in a video call.
Later that day, Go virtually attended the launch of the 97th Malasakit Center nationwide and the first in the province at the Sulu Provincial Hospital.
The beneficiaries were provided meals, food packs, masks, face shields and vitamins. Go’s team ensured that the relief activities were conducted while complying with necessary health and safety protocols to avoid the further spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.
“’Yung dala kong vitamins, inumin niyo para lumakas ang inyong resistensya at maiwasan natin ang hawaan ng sakit, lalo na dahil araw-araw kayong may transaksyon sa palengke,” Go said.
Selected beneficiaries also received bicycles, an alternative mode of transportation amid the pandemic. Others were given tablets for their children to use to participate in their classes under the new blended learning approach.
As the Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Go told beneficiaries that once a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19 is available and approved by the Food and Drug Administration, he and President Rodrigo Duterte will prioritize the poor and the vulnerable.
“Uunahin namin kayong mahihirap at vulnerable kapag may vaccine na. Alam namin na kailangan niyo ito kaya prayoridad namin ang access ninyo sa vaccine,” Go shared.
Since a Malasakit Center is now open in Sulu, Go also informed the beneficiaries that they may conveniently avail of medical assistance for their healthcare needs in this one-stop shop.
Go added that the Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop where all four government agencies, namely the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Health (DoH), Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) and Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth), are already under one roof, with special lanes for senior citizens and persons with disabilities. The Malasakit Center will streamline the processes for Filipinos requesting government assistance for their medical needs.
Personnel from the DSWD separately provided financial assistance to the beneficiaries through their existing programs that aim to assist individuals in crisis situations.
The Department of Agriculture (DA) also distributed vegetable seeds to the market vendors.
“Magtulungan tayong lahat at magbayahinan. Para sa amin ni Pangulong Duterte, ang serbisyo sa kapwa ay serbisyo sa Diyos. Kaya naman tuluy-tuloy ang aming pag-ikot sa kahit saang sulok ng bansa para lang maabot ang serbisyo sa lahat ng Pilipino,” Go added.
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