ILOILO CITY, May 14 (PIA) - Residents of Sagay, Negros Occidental received additional aid, May 11, from an outreach team of Senator Christopher "Bong" Go.
This is to help them while the affected residents are continuously rebuilding from the devastation caused by floodwaters last January.
In his message to residents, Go stressed the importance of instilling discipline in communities and cooperating with authorities in order to overcome COVID-19 and other crisis situations such as those caused by natural disasters.
"Napaka-importante na patuloy tayo na maging disiplinado dahil delikado ang sakit na COVID-19. Pinag-aaralan pa ng gobyerno kung paano natin unti-unting bubuksan muli ang ekonomiya, pero ang importante rito ay ang buhay at kalusugan ng bawat Pilipino," he said.
"Ang pera ay ating kikitain kung magsipag lang tayo. Subalit ang perang kikitain natin ay hindi makakabili ng buhay kaya pangalagaan natin ang ating buhay at ang buhay ng bawat Pilipino. A lost life is a lost life forever," Go added.
His team provided meals, food packs, vitamins, masks, and face shields to a total of 1,676 residents at the Balay Kauswagan and local covered courts in Barangays Poblacion II, Rafaela Barrera, Malubon, Paraiso, and Fabrica, a press release from the Office of Sen. Go said.
The distribution of aid was conducted in batches in observance of the government-issued health and safety protocols against COVID-19. Selected beneficiaries also received new pairs of shoes or bicycles while others were given computer tablets for their children's blended learning activities.
Meanwhile, personnel from the Department of Social Welfare and Development also distributed financial assistance as part of the government's intervention measures for communities in distress. The Department of Trade and Industry and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, in turn, assessed beneficiaries for their respective assistance programs.
To ensure their health and well-being during times of calamity, Go pledged to continue pushing for the passage of Senate Bill No. 1228 which aims to create climate change resilient communities by providing for the establishment of an evacuation center in every local government unit throughout the country, the press release noted.
The bill, which he filed in 2019, provides minimum requirements for an evacuation center, such as its location, accessibility, amenities, and management, among others.
"Kailangang magpatayo tayo ng mga safe, permanent and dedicated evacuation centers na mayro'n sapat na mga emergency packs, katulad ng blankets, tubig, gamot, flashlight, at ready na relief goods. Obligasyon ng gobyerno na palaging maging handa sa oras ng sakuna," he explained.
The Senator also offered to help residents seeking medical care and advised Negrenses to avail themselves of the services from the Malasakit Center located at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Bacolod City.
The center is a one-stop shop where Filipino patients may conveniently avail medical assistance from the DSWD, Department of Health, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation.
There are currently 110 Malasakit Centers throughout the country, the latest of which was launched at the Cotabato Provincial Hospital in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato province on Wednesday, May 12.
Concluding his message, Go recognized the local officials for the assistance they extended to their affected constituents.
Among those he acknowledged were Governor Eugenio Lacson, Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer, Mayor Nilo Lizares, Vice Mayor Samuel Siote, and DSWD Representative Joselito Estember.
To improve access and boost development in Negros Occidental, Go has supported the funding of several projects, including the maintenance of the Sum-ag - Abuanan Road in Bago City, 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
On May 10, the Senator's team also provided relief to over one thousand flood victims in San Carlos City. (PIA6/Story and photos from OSBG)