Bong Go sends aid to indigents in Moncada, Tarlac

Indigent residents in Moncada, Tarlac were given a boost by Senator Christopher “Bong” Go on Friday, 26 August, as part of the lawmaker’s efforts to ensure that no Filipino is left behind towards recovery.

In his video message, Go once again urged the local officials to strengthen their vaccination efforts to get their eligible yet unvaccinated constituents to get inoculated against COVID-19.

“Asahan niyo po na mas palalakasin pa po ng gobyerno ang ating vaccination efforts upang lahat ng Pilipino ay protektado sa sakit na COVID-19. Para naman po sa ating mga local officials, patuloy lang po ang ating pagtutulungan para masigurado na lahat ng kwalipikado na ay mabakunahan. Hikayatin po natin silang lahat na magpabakuna,” appealed Go.

“Mga kababayan ko, tulungan niyo po ang bawat komunidad na makamtan ang population protection. Sigurado po ako na lahat tayo ay makakaahon din mula sa pandemyang ito basta po magtulungan lang tayo at magmalasakit,” he reassured.

Go likewise expressed his gratitude to all those who participated in the national vaccination drive. He then reminded them to remain vigilant and compliant with the recommended health guidelines to prevent the further spread of the virus, saying, “Bagama’t bakunado na po kayo, importante pa rin po na sumunod sa mga health protocols dahil ang kalaban po na COVID-19 ay hindi natin nakikita. Huwag tayong maging kumpiyansa.”

The team of Senator Go mounted the relief operation at the municipal hall where they distributed snacks, masks and shirts to a thousand indigents. Some also received bicycles, cellular phones, shoes, and balls for volleyball and basketball.

In addition, staff from the Department of Social Welfare and Development extended financial aid through its Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation program.

Go, who heads the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, also offered additional assistance to residents with medical concerns as he encouraged them to seek the services of the Malasakit Center located at the Tarlac Provincial Hospital in Tarlac City.

Republic Act No. 11463, otherwise known as the Malasakit Centers Act of 2019, was principally authored and sponsored by Go after he had personally witnessed the struggles of disadvantaged Filipinos in getting the medical attention that they need.

The primary aim of the Act is to provide poor and indigent patients with convenient access to the medical assistance programs by concerned agencies. It mandates all Department of Health-run hospitals, and the Philippine General Hospital in Manila City, to establish their own Malasakit Centers. To date, there are 151 operational centers that have assisted more than three million Filipinos nationwide.

Meanwhile, to encourage the youth to engage in sports and stay away from vices, Go, who likewise chairs the Senate Committee on Sports, authored and co-sponsored Republic Act No. 11470 which established the National Academy of Sports at the New Clark City Sports Complex in Capas, Tarlac.

A government-run learning facility aimed at honing the skills of young athletes, NAS offers quality secondary education with a special curriculum on sports for gifted young Filipinos who want to enhance their physical and mental capabilities in sports.

The senator ended his message by recognizing the hard work of the local officials of Moncada amid the global health crisis, saying, “Maraming salamat po sa inyong walang sawang serbisyo. Patuloy lang po tayo magtulungan at magmalasakit sa kapwa. Asahan niyo po na ako rin po ay tutulong sa abot nang aking makakaya hanggang tayo ay makabalik na sa normal na pamumuhay.”

Go’s outreach team previously mounted a two-day relief effort for the indigents of Camiling last 18 and 19 August.

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