Go lauds modern-day heroes

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Monday paid tribute to the country’s modern-day heroes which he said include people from all walks of life.

“In a modern world we now live in, freedom is not always about being free from foreign powers. These days, it may also mean freedom from sickness, freedom from poverty, freedom from neglect and freedom from indifference, among others,” Go said in his National Heroes’ Day message.

“Thus, as the nation remembers those who fought to secure the nation’s liberty this National Heroes’ Day, let us also salute all our brave Filipinos who join us in our fight not only against the pandemic but also against the many challenges that continue to beset our nation,” he added.

In due recognition of our modern-day heroes, he vowed to continue pushing for measures that will advance their welfare and protect their rights.

As chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Go said that he fought hard to help ensure that our healthcare workers receive the compensation and benefits they deserve as they continue their lifesaving work.

“In 2019, I was instrumental in the enactment of Salary Standardization Law 5. As author and co-sponsor, the measure gives all civilian government employees, including nurses, increased salaries broken down in tranches,” he said.

Bayanihan 1 and 2

“I have also strongly supported the passage of Bayanihan 1 and 2 which allowed the government to better address the challenges caused by the pandemic and maximize available resources to aid low-income households and the healthcare sector as well as inject needed support to the economy,” he added.

Go also noted the passage of the Republic Act 11712, which he authored and co-sponsored. The measure provides benefits and allowances to public and private healthcare workers during the state of a public health emergency.

“Up to this day, I continue to urge concerned agencies to ensure no delays in the provision of what is due to them,” he said.

Go also commended the country’s athletes whom he said not only bring honor and glory to our country but also provide much-needed inspiration to our people, especially during these challenging times.

“As head of the Senate Committee on Sports, I worked hard to look after our athletes’ welfare. At the height of the pandemic, I urged concerned agencies to help athletes whose training and livelihood had been hampered by the restrictions, leading to the provision of financial assistance and other aid to athletes across the country,” he said.

“I also authored and co-sponsored RA 11470, establishing the National Academy of Sports, which is a government-run academy aimed at developing the country’s future athletes by offering quality secondary education with a special curriculum on sports for gifted young Filipinos,” he added.

In addition, the lawmaker said that he introduced the Philippine National Games Bill in the 19th Congress which seeks to ensure a more inclusive system of promoting promising Filipino athletes who possess potential in every field of sports.

“My sports advocacy not only aims to give our athletes an equal opportunity of becoming future contenders in international sporting competitions and cementing the country’s status as a ‘Sports Powerhouse in Asia’ but also to help our youth stay away from illegal drugs and other vices,” he said.

Economic heroes
Go likewise acknowledged overseas Filipino workers, who are considered economic heroes of the country due to their significant contribution to the country growth of the country’s economy.

The senator said that he recently filed Senate Bill No 1191 to provide for a Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers. Filipino seafarers’ remittances have been genuinely beneficial to the Philippine economy.

Filipino Seafarers contributed around 21 percent of the total OFW remittances in 2021, according to Go.

The lawmaker also recognized the struggling Filipinos whom he said nevertheless continue to brave each day amid these uncertain times.

“Let this National Heroes’ Day be also a time for us to give ourselves a pat on the back. The efforts that it took for us to survive to this day amid these challenging times are nothing short of heroic,” he said.
“By continuing to do our part in fulfilling our respective duties in our communities and inspired by heroes who fought for what we have now, we too can be heroes of one another,” he added.

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