An outreach team of Senator Christopher “Bong” Go distributed aid to the victims of Typhoon Ulysses in Calauag and Lopez towns on December 10, and Tagkawayan on December 11 and 12, respectively, in Quezon province.
“Kung kaya lang ng aking katawan at panahon ay talagang pupunta ako diyan sa inyo. Kaya pina-ikot ko ang aking mga staff, tuluy-tuloy sila hanggang ngayon. Marami na po silang natulungan sa probinsya ng Quezon,” Go said in a video call.
“Alam namin na mahirap ang panahon ngayon. Dalawang disaster ang dumaan sa buhay natin, itong pandemya at ang bagyo — kaya kaunting tiis pa mga kababayan ko. Kapit tayo at malalampasan din natin ang mga pagsubok na ito,” Go said.
Go’s team carried out distribution activities at the Calauag Evacuation Center in Calauag, Philippine Normal University Covered Court in Lopez, and Tagkawayan Municipal Covered Court in Tagkawayan. Meals, food packs, vitamins, masks and face shields were distributed to a total of 2,146 beneficiaries.
Selected beneficiaries were also given bicycles, an alternative and convenient mode of transportation amid the pandemic. Others received tablets so their children could participate in the online classes implemented under the blended learning approach.
“Pakiusap sa mga kabataan na mag-aral kayong mabuti. ‘Yan ang puhunan niyo sa mundong ito, ang makapagtapos kayo ng pag-aaral. Kunsuwelo niyo rin ‘yan sa mga magulang niyo na halos nagpapakamatay para makapag-aral kayo,” Go said.
As they rebuild their lives and communities, he reminded everyone to take the necessary precautions against COVID-19 by wearing masks and face shields in public, observing social distancing, and washing one’s hands frequently, among others.
Go offered to assist beneficiaries in urgent need of medical treatment and services. He informed them that they can also conveniently avail medical assistance from government through the Malasakit Center at Quezon Medical Center in Lucena City.
During the activity, each beneficiary was provided with separate financial assistance by the Department of Social Welfare and Development from their existing program to aid individuals in crisis situations.
The Senator also recognized the individuals who continue to serve their constituents. Among those present during the activities were 4th District Representative Angelina “Helen” D. L. Tan; Provincial Government of Quezon Board Member Isaias B. Ubana II; Ex-Officio Board Member and Philippine Councilors League President Board Member Angelo P. Eduarte; Calauag Mayor Rosalina O. Visorde and Vice Mayor Leah M. dela Cruz; Lopez Mayor Rachel A. Ubana and Vice Mayor Maria Adeline A. Lee; and Tagkawayan Mayor Luis T. Eleazar and Vice Mayor Danilo L. Liwanag.
“Pinapaabot rin ni Pangulong [Rodrigo] Duterte ang pangangamusta niya sa inyo. Ginagawa ng gobyerno ang lahat para malagpasan natin ang pandemyang ito kaya tiis lang tayo sabi ni Pangulo. Patuloy kami na magseserbisyo sa inyo sa abot ng aming makakaya dahil para sa amin, ang serbisyo sa tao ay serbisyo sa Diyos,” Go said.