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Bong Go sends aid to Davao City fire victims

The office of Senator Christopher Lawrence Go on September 14, 2020, distributed assistance to the fire victims in Barangay Leon Garcia Sr., Agdao District, Davao City.

ASSISTANCE. Senator Christopher Lawrence Go gives his virtual message to the fire victims in Barangay Leon Garcia, Sr. in Davao City on Monday (Sept. 14, 2020). Some 60 houses and seven classrooms in the area were razed by a fire last September 3. (Photo courtesy of Senator Bong Go’s office)A statement from the lawmaker said at least 126 families or 350 individuals benefited from the assistance after some 60 houses and seven classrooms of a public school in the village were razed by a fire on September 3.

In a virtual message to the victims, Go urged the Filipinos to cooperate and show compassion to each other in the spirit of “bayanihan” amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“I have a little assistance such as masks, and face shields, food packs. The important thing is that no one got hurt,” Go said.

Aside from livelihood assistance for qualified beneficiaries from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Go’s team also provided cash, medicines, and alcohol to the victims. The senator also gave out bicycles to selected recipients to promote the use of safe alternative modes of transportation amid the health crisis.

Personnel from various government agencies such as the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), National Housing Authority (NHA), Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) were also present to provide additional assistance to the families.

“I talked to DSWD to provide financial assistance to you. The NHA will also provide housing materials, and other agencies will also assist. You will not be forsaken in time of need,” Go told the residents.

Go also reiterated the importance of fire prevention practices to avoid destructive fires from occurring.

Last year, the senator filed the Fire Protection Modernization Bill seeking to enhance the Bureau of Fire Protection’s capability. (Che Palicte, PNA)

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