ILOILO CITY, May 18 (PIA) -- Thousands of flash flood victims in Cadiz City received aid from Senator Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go as the team concludes its three-day relief operations in Negros Occidental
The event, which was in coordination with concerned national agencies, is in line with the Senator's commitment to help get disaster-stricken communities back on their feet, a press release from the Office of Senator Go said.
A total of 2,016 residents in Cadiz City received various forms of, May 12. This, after flash floods hit their communities last January.
An outreach team distributed meals, food packs, vitamins, masks and face shields to flash flood victims divided into smaller batches while observing the necessary health and safety protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the press release said.
They gave away new pairs of shoes or bicycles to selected beneficiaries as public transportation options remain limited. Others were given computer tablets for their children to use in their classes as part of the blended learning approach implemented in schools.
As Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Go, in a video call, reminded the beneficiaries to follow the government-issued protocols as the emergence of new COVID-19 variants continues to be a cause of concern.
He reassured that once the priority sectors (i.e. medical frontliners, senior citizens and adults with comorbidities) have been vaccinated and sufficient doses of vaccines are available, the government will prioritize their distribution to the poor and the vulnerable sectors.
"Mga kababayan, mag-ingat tayo at huwag tayo matakot sa bakuna. Ang bakuna ang susi o solusyon dito sa problema natin sa ngayon. Nananawagan ako sa ating pamahalaan na bilisan na ang rollout ng mga bakuna para hindi na dumating sa puntong aabot sa expiration," appealed Go.
To ensure their health and well-being in the meantime, the Senator offered to help residents in need of medical care. He also advised them to visit the Malasakit Center located at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Bacolod City for their medical needs.
The center is a one-stop shop that brings together under one roof the offices of the Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. There are currently 111 Malasakit Centers nationwide.
"Isinulong ko ang batas na ito para hindi niyo na kailangan lumabas ng ospital para humingi ng tulong. Nandiyan na sa loob ng isang opisina ang apat na ahensya ng gobyerno. Basta Pilipino, mahirap at indigent ka, qualified ka dito sa Malasakit Center," explained Go.
As part of an ongoing effort by the national government to assist individuals and communities in crisis situations, personnel from the DSWD were likewise present to distribute financial assistance to the flash flood victims.
The Department of Trade and Industry and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, in turn, conducted assessments of potential beneficiaries for their respective assistance programs.
Concluding his message, the Senator took the opportunity to thank Governor Eugenio Lacson, Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer, Mayor Salvador Escalante, Vice Mayor Lilia Decolongon and other local government officials for their untiring dedication to serve their constituents.
To improve access and facilitate the safer movement of travelers in Negros Occidental, Go has supported the funding of several projects, including the maintenance of the Sum-ag - Abuanan Road in Bago City, and Bacolod South Old Road, Bacolod South Road and Bacolod South By-Pass Road in Bacolod City; concreting of local roads in San Carlos City, Pontevedra, and Toboso; and construction of a bridge in Himamaylan City, among others.
He also supported the funding for the construction of multi-purpose buildings in Victorias City, Himamaylan City, Calatrava, and Salvador Benedicto; water supply system level II in Enrique B. Magalona; and infectious diseases wing at the Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City.
The same activities were held in San Carlos City and Sagay City on May 10 and 11, respectively, for 3,376 other flash flood victims. (PIA6/OSBG)