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Bong Go provides bikes, tablets in Cebu town

The office of Senator Christopher “Bong” Go has distributed bicycles to residents in the island town of Cordova, Cebu as well as tablets for schoolchildren.

FREE BIKES. Some residents of Cordova, Cebu flash the fist sign as they ride their bicycles given for free by Senator Christopher “Bong” Go on Dec. 4, 2020. Go, who made a video call to the beneficiaries, also gave out tablets for the children’s use in their online classes. (Photo courtesy of Sen. Bong Go’s office)

The bicycles distributed to the selected beneficiaries last week can be used for their safe commute to work amid limited transportation options.

The tablets are for the children’s use in online classes as part of their blended learning being implemented in schools amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.

A statement from Go’s Senate office on Wednesday said the bicycles and tablets are on top of the assistance distributed to 56 families comprising 234 individuals who were affected by a recent fire incident in the town.

Go’s staff distributed financial assistance, meals, food packs, masks, face shields and vitamins to the affected residents in a distribution activity last Dec. 4 at the Cordova Central School.

The statement said the activity was conducted while strictly complying with the necessary health protocols.

In a video call to the victims, Go reminded them to continue helping each other so they can recover quickly from their recent ordeal.

“Magtulungan lang tayo para malampasan natin itong hinaharap natin na problema ngayon at kung ano pa ang kailangan niyo, magsabi lang kayo (Let’s help one another so that we can survive that problem that we have right now, and whatever you need, just say it),” he said.

The senator also asked local officials to tell him or his office what kind of assistance they might still need.

He encouraged each beneficiary to use the mask and face shield when in public as a way to prevent transmission of Covid-19 in their community.

Representatives from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-7) were also present to distribute additional cash aid and food packs.

Meanwhile, the National Housing Authority committed to provide housing assistance upon completing their assessments, while the Department of Trade and Industry vowed to extend further aid through existing livelihood programs.

Likewise, Go reminded the locals that they may also avail of medical assistance from the nearest Malasakit Centers located at the Lapu-Lapu City District Hospital, Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center, Eversley Childs Sanitarium and General Hospital, Talisay District Hospital and St. Anthony Mother and Child Hospital.

Go, who also serves as chair of the Senate Committee on Health, reiterated his statement that the poor and vulnerable sectors must be prioritized once a safe and effective vaccine against Covid-19 becomes available. (John Rey Saavedra, PNA)

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