Bong Go brings aid to Davao's poor

Subscribe Now April 25, 2022 at 07:41am

SEN. Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go again visited Samal Island in Davao del Norte to bring aid to poor residents in the villages of Limao, San Miguel and Mambago-A.

Aside from helping underprivileged multisectoral groups in Samal, the senator on Friday also called for sustained government efforts toward pandemic recovery.

Go urged them to continue to trust and support the government's efforts to address the pandemic.

The chairman of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography said those who are eligible should get vaccinated as soon as possible.

He also asked the 2,246 SamaleƱos who attended not to hesitate to seek his help should they need other forms of assistance.

"Kung ano man ang maitutulong ko sa inyo sa mga taga-Samal, huwag kayong mahiyang lumapit sa akin (Whatever I can to you Samal [residents], just don't hesitate to approach me)," Go said.

Go has urged the local officials to continue closely coordinating with the national government to ensure that vaccines are efficiently rolled out to their constituents, particularly to the elderly.

To ensure the safety of the beneficiaries, Go's outreach team grouped the beneficiaries, composed of fisherfolk, senior citizens, drivers, and indigents, into smaller batches and strictly enforced the necessary health protocols.

The team handed out grocery packs, vitamins, shirts, meals and masks to the residents. They also provided new pairs of shoes and bicycles to select individuals and provided others with phablets.

Go also advised the residents to visit the Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City and Davao Regional Medical Center in Tagum City where there are Malasakit Centers available to help them settle their hospital bills.

Republic Act 11463 or the "Malasakit Centers Act of 2019" mandates the establishment of Malasakit Centers in all hospitals administered and managed by the Department of Health to ensure that poor and indigent patients can conveniently access medical assistance programs.

Go on April 13 visited and led the distribution activities for over 1,000 SamaleƱos in Barangay San Agustin, Mambago-B and Kinawitnon.


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