The Office of Senator Christopher “Bong” Go extended aid to the disadvantaged and displaced workers in Iloilo City on March 30, 2021, in coordination with the ongoing effort of the national government to assist sectors that are facing barriers to employment due to the coronavirus-2019 pandemic.
Go’s personnel conducted separate activities at the Jaro Plaza Gym in partnership with key government agencies and local authorities. His team distributed meals, vitamins, medical-grade masks, and face shields to a total of 400 workers in batches and in strict compliance with necessary health protocols and minimum health standards.
“Huwag po kayong mawalan ng pag-asa dahil kami ni Presidente [Rodrigo] Duterte, patuloy kaming magseserbisyo sa inyong lahat. Sa mga kababayan ko sa Iloilo, ‘wag kayong mahiyang magsabi o manghingi ng tulong sa amin dahil trabaho namin ang magsilbi sa inyo,” Go reassured in a video call.
To help alleviate the financial burdens faced by many, representatives from the Department of Labor and Employment distributed assistance as part of its ‘Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers’ program. The Department of Social Welfare and Development, in turn, also provided separate financial aid to each beneficiary.
On the other hand, the Department of Trade and Industry and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority both committed to providing livelihood assistance and skills training to qualified job seekers upon completing their assessments.
”Nagpapasalamat po ako kay Senator Bong Go. Sa ganitong Semana Santa, sa bahay lang kami ng mga anak ko. Di na lang kami lumalabas para po safe ang lahat. Salamat po, senator para sa inyong tulong,” said one beneficiary.
”Maraming, maraming salamat po sa tulong na binigay ninyo Senator Bong Go. ‘Yung kahulugan sa akin ng Semana Santa, para po sa Panginoon, magpenitensya, at maghingi ng tawad sa Kaniya. Let’s all stay at home po para maiwasan natin ang COVID-19,” added another.
Amid the rising number of COVID-19 cases, the Senator urged everyone to continue to remain vigilant by avoiding unnecessary travels, wearing masks and face shields, observing social distancing, and washing one’s hands frequently.
He acknowledged the risks confronting many who do not have the privilege of working from home and reassured that all poor and vulnerable sectors would be immunized after the government has vaccinated all frontline medical workers, senior citizens, and adults with pre-existing illnesses or comorbidities.
To ensure their health and well-being, Go offered to help any beneficiary and their families who require but cannot afford medical treatments or services. He encouraged patients or families with medical concerns to apply for government assistance through the Malasakit Center at the Western Visayas Medical Center.
The Malasakit Center is a one-stop-shop that provides quick and convenient access to the medical assistance programs of the DSWD, Department of Health, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.
Concluding his message, Go expressed his gratitude to Mayor Jerry Treñas, DOLE Regional Director Engr. Cyril Ticao, and DSWD representative Joselito Estember for their continuing support of their constituents and stakeholders. He pledged his office would continue to reach out and extend assistance to more Filipinos in crisis situations amid the ongoing health crisis.
“Bisyo ko ang magserbisyo sa inyo. Tuloy-tuloy dapat ang serbisyo lalo na sa panahong hirap na hirap na ang mga kapwa nating Pilipino. Gagawin namin ang lahat sa abot ng ating makakaya para magbigay ng tulong sa mga nangangailangan at mag-iwan ng ngiti sa oras ng inyong pagdadalamhati,” he said.
Last January 25, the Senator’s team provided emergency assistance to 18 families in Barangay San Pedro, Molo who were displaced after their houses were destroyed during a fire outbreak.