Go aids Manila fire victims

Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go remains committed to helping more struggling Filipinos amid times of crises as he sent his outreach team to aid fire victims in Tayuman, Manila City.

Held at the Barangay 225 Hall on Thursday, August 4, Go’s team distributed meals, masks, grocery packs and shirts to 27 fire-hit households, composed of 84 Manileños. They also provided phablets, bicycles, shoes, and balls for volleyball and basketball to select individuals.

Aside from the senator’s team, representatives from the Department of Social Welfare and Development were also present and extended financial assistance to help the victims recover from the damages caused by the fire incident.

In his video message, Go underscored the need to continue ramping up the fire prevention efforts in the country, especially in fire-prone areas. The senator then highlighted that the Bureau of Fire Protection is currently undergoing a modernization program, following the enactment of Republic Act No. 11589.

Primarily authored and co-sponsored by Go, the BFP Modernization Act mandates the agency to undergo a ten-year modernization program to significantly improve its capability to respond to fire-related incidents by recruiting more firefighters, acquiring new fire equipment, and developing specialized training, among others.

“Sa pag-iikot ko ng bansa para makatulong sa mga nasunugan, nakita ko po talaga ang importansya ng pagpapalakas ng ating fire prevention campaigns. Kaya naman nagpapasalamat ako sa dating pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa pag-apruba ng BFP Modernization Act para mas lalo pang lumakas ang kapasidad ng ahensya,” expressed Go.

“Sa mga nasunugan naman po, alam ko pong napakahirap ng panahon ngayon at kayo po ay nasunugan pa pero huwag po kayong mawalan ng pag-asa. Ang pera naman po ay kikitain pero ang pera ay hindi po nabibili ang buhay. A lost life is a lost life forever. Kaya mag-ingat po tayo palagi,” he reminded.

Meanwhile, Senator Go, who was reelected as head of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, reiterated his appeal to the public to remain supportive of the government’s pandemic efforts and further encouraged those eligible yet unvaccinated to get their complete jabs against the COVID-19 virus.

Go likewise offered additional assistance to the beneficiaries in need of medical care as he advised them to visit any of the five Malasakit Centers in the city, including those at Philippine General Hospital, Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Hospital, San Lazaro Hospital, and Tondo Medical Hospital.

Acknowledging the struggles of poor and indigent Filipinos to settle their medical expenses, Go initiated the Malasakit Centers program in 2018. It was later institutionalized under Republic Act No. 11463, which Go also primarily authored and sponsored. The center houses relevant agencies where patients can conveniently avail medical assistance programs, such as the DSWD, Department of Health, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. There are now 151 Malasakit Centers nationwide.

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