Bong Go and Robin aids quake hit Vigan City, Ilocos Sur

Sen. Bong Go provided relief to earthquake-affected residents as he reaffirmed his commitment to push for disaster-resilient measures during his visit in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur on Sunday, 31 July.

Together with his team and Senator Robinhood “Robin” Padilla, Go personally led the distribution activity at Provincial Farmers Livelihood Development Center where they provided grocery packs, masks, vitamins, meals and shirts to 335 earthquake victims. 

Furthermore, they gave away shoes and phablets to select individuals. As part of Go’s commitment to strengthen the country’s sports sector and as Chair of the Senate Committee on Sports, he also provided bicycles and balls for volleyball and basketball to others. 

A 7.0-magnitude earthquake was felt in northwestern Luzon and adjacent areas including Metro Manila last July 27. The epicenter is located in Tayum, Abra as reported by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.

Go pushed anew his Senate Bill No. 188 that would establish the Department of Disaster Resilience, a highly specialized agency that will be tasked with ensuring adaptive, disaster-resilient and safe communities. 

Meanwhile, he also refiled SBN 193, otherwise known as the Mandatory Evacuation Center Bill, that will require the establishment of such safe, dedicated and equipped centers in every municipality, city and province nationwide. 

“Naikot na po namin ang buong Pilipinas. Napuntahan na po namin ang Batanes, mula Apari hanggang Jolo. Tuwing may lindol, tuwing may sunog, bagyo (o) pagputok ng bulkan, napuntahan na po namin. Kami ni (dating) pangulong (Rodrigo) Duterte, mga probinsyano po kami pero mahal na mahal namin ang mga Ilokano. Kaya wag po kayong magpasalamat sa amin, sa amin ni Robin na pinili ninyo, kami po ang dapat magpasalamat sa inyo dahil binigyan niyo po kami ng pagkakataon na makapagserbisyo sa inyo,” Go expressed in his speech. 

“Hindi namin matiis na nakaupo lang kami doon sa Senado at kayo dito ay naghihirap at nangangailangan ng tulong. Kaya po kami nandirito ay para makapaghatid ng kaunting tulong, makapagbigay ng solusyon sa inyong problema at makapag-iwan po ng kaunting ngiti sa oras ng inyong pagdadalamhati — nawawala po ang pagod namin,” he added. 

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