Bong Go sends help to Bulacan typhoon victims

(The Philippine Star) - November 22, 2020 - 12:00am

After Typhoon Ulysses brought heavy rains to the town, the office of Sen. Bong Go delivered assistance to typhoon victims in Hagonoy, Bulacan yesterday.

This is the fourth relief activity – after the nearby towns of Bocaue, Calumpit and Marilao early last week – carried out for those needing help in the province.

“I’d personally want to go there and be with you but I am also working on the budget interpellations at the Senate. My staff are going around and will continue to give assistance,” Go said in a video message to the residents.

Six hundred fifty families were given meals, food packs, masks, face shields and vitamins at the Hagonoy municipal covered court. The distribution activity was done in accordance with strict health and safety protocols to avoid the spread of COVID-19 and other diseases.

Go assured the victims that the government would prioritize the poor and vulnerable sectors once a COVID-19 vaccine is certified and guaranteed safe and effective.

His team also provided bicycles to chosen recipients for their commute to work as public transportation remains limited due to the pandemic. Others were given tablets for their children’s use in online classes as part of the blended learning being implemented in schools.

Personnel from the Department of Social Welfare and Development also distributed separate financial and relief assistance to the typhoon victims through their existing programs to aid individuals in crisis situations.

Additionally, the Department of Trade and Industry will provide livelihood packages for qualified beneficiaries under its Pangkabuhayan sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa program.

Marjorie Umali, one of the residents, thanked Go for his efforts, saying his aid will go a long way in helping her two children and family.

Aside from the aid, Go urged residents with medical concerns to go to the Malasakit Center at the Bulacan Medical Center in Malolos City and at Rogaciano M. Mercado Memorial Hospital in Sta. Maria to seek government medical assistance.

He explained that the Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop where government agencies with medical assistance programs are gathered under one roof to help poor and indigent patients.

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