The Office of Senator Christopher “Bong” Go on April 16, 2021, provided assistance to taxi drivers in Misamis Oriental who are affected by the adverse socio-economic impact of the pandemic in an activity held at Brgy. Nazareth Gym in Cagayan de Oro City.
Go’s team distributed meals, vitamins, masks, and face shields to a total of 320 beneficiaries in a distribution activity conducted in batches while strictly complying with health and safety protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“Alam kong hirap pa ang panahon ngayon, nasa krisis pa tayo dahil sa COVID-19, magtulungan lang tayo. Ang importante, malampasan natin itong krisis na ating kinakaharap ngayon. Magbayanihan tayo,” Go told the beneficiaries in a video message.
The Senator, who is also chair of the Senate Committee on Health, sympathized with many Filipinos, particularly daily-wage earners, who cannot work from home due to the nature of their job or livelihood.
“Konting tiis lang po. Hindi namin kayo pababayaan ni Pangulong Duterte. Sisiguraduhin naming walang maiiwan tungo sa ating muling pagbangon,” he said.
Meanwhile, selected beneficiaries received new shoes during the activity while others were provided with bicycles by Go’s team. Others were also given computer tablets to help their children access educational materials at home.
Additionally, personnel from the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Labor and Employment and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority provided the beneficiaries with separate forms of assistance under their respective programs.
The Senator also offered to help those who need major health operations and urged beneficiaries to visit the nearest Malasakit Centers located at the Northern Mindanao Medical Center and JR Borja General Hospital in the city.
The Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop for medical concerns. Four government agencies, namely Department of Health, DSWD, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and PhilHealth are all under one roof. The center streamlines the process for requesting assistance from these agencies.
During the activity, the Senator recognized the local officials, led by Mayor Oscar Moreno and Vice Mayor Rainier Joaquin Uy, for their continuing service to their community during these unprecedented times.
“Tandaan natin, minsan lang po tayo dadaan sa mundong ito. Kung ano pong kabutihan o tulong na puwede nating gawin sa ating kapwa tao, gawin na po natin ngayon dahil hindi na po tayo babalik sa mundong ito,” said Go.
On March 10, Go’s office also distributed additional assistance to 22 families affected by different fire incidents that happened between July to August 2020 in Barangays 22, 40, and Gusa in Cagayan de Oro City.