Nationwide Malasakit reaches Arayat

As part of his commitment to the welfare of front liners and the rest of the people of Pampanga, the Office of Senator Christopher “Bong” Go mounted a second relief effort in Arayat, Pampanga, this time for the frontline workers, who continue to provide vital services for the community at the risk of contracting Covid-19.

As the country experiences a wave of cases from the highly transmissible Delta variant, Go sent a video message on 5 October urging especially the most vulnerable sections of the population to keep taking precautions to mitigate the effects of the pandemic.

Mga kababayan ko, kaunting tiis lang po. Alam kong nahihirapan kayo. Kami rin ni Pangulong Duterte ay nahihirapan na din. Subalit kayo ang nagbibigay lakas sa amin para magserbisyo pa upang malampasan natin itong krisis na ating kinakaharap,” Go said.

Kailangan ng tulong ninyo dahil hindi ito kayang gawing mag-isa ng gobyerno. Pakiusap namin ni Pangulo, kahit bakunado na kayo, ‘wag maging kumpiyansa at hindi pa rin natin masasabi dahil ‘yung hindi pa bakunado ay maaaring mahawa,” Go added.

The senator’s team distributed meals, vitamins, masks and face shields to a total of 2,000 farmers, laborers and Bantay Bayan volunteers at the covered court at Colleges of Asia.

The activity was conducted in small batches in compliance with the health and safety protocols against Covid-19.

Select beneficiaries received new pairs of shoes while some received bicycles for their commuting needs. Others also received computer tablets to help their children under the blended learning setup.

Meanwhile, personnel from Department of Social Welfare and Development also distributed financial assistance as part of an ongoing effort by the government to alleviate the impacts of Covid-19 on vulnerable sectors.

“Mr. President and Sir Bong Go, maraming salamat po sa tulong na ibinigay niyo sa amin. Malaking tulong ito at may pangbili na kami ng pagkain. Hayaan niyo po at makakatulong din kami sa inyo balang araw,” said Jayson Victoria, 44, a Bantay Bayan volunteer at Barangay Lacmit.

With Covid-19 posing a threat to seniors and those with underlying conditions, Go also offered to assist any person who needs medical care. He advised them to visit the Malasakit Center at the Rafael Lazatin Memorial Medical Center in Angeles City or Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital in San Fernando City, where they may avail themselves of further aid for their hospital and other-related expenses.

The Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop where particularly 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 program has assisted three million Filipinos since it was institutionalized through the Malasakit Centers Act in 2019.

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