As the country observes National Disaster Resilience Month, Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, through his office, continues to provide immediate assistance to victims of natural and man-made disasters, such as floods and fire incidents around the country.
“Nakakalungkot na habang nasa health crisis tayo na dulot ng COVID-19, may mga kababayan po tayo na doble ang hinaharap na problema dahil sa hindi inaasahang sakuna, tulad ng sunog o baha. Huwag po natin silang pabayaan sa oras ng kanilang pangangailangan,” Go said.
“Patuloy po ang ating pagbibigay ng tulong sa mga biktima ng sunog at iba pang sakuna sa paraang ligtas at alinsunod sa health and safety protocols upang maiwasan rin ang lalong pagkalat ng sakit,” he emphasized.
Go said it is high time that the country scales up its preparedness and resilience against natural or man-made disasters on top of its efforts in addressing the current pandemic.
Go filed last July 2019 Senate Bill No. 204, also known as the Fire Protection Modernization Act, which aims to enhance the BFP’s capability to protect people and properties from destructive fires. The bill will also mandate, among others, monthly fire and disaster awareness information drives, particularly in informal settlements and economically depressed areas.
The Senator added that he will also continue to assist disaster-stricken Filipinos around the country and will not limit himself to being a legislator only. Since the start of his term as Senator in July 2019, Go has helped more than 31,000 Filipino families whose houses were razed by fire incidents.
“Kahit saang sulok po ng Pilipinas, magseserbisyo po kami hanggang sa aming makakaya para magbigay ng tulong at mag-iwan ng ngiti sa oras ng inyong pagdadalamhati,” Go said.
On Monday, July 6, the Senator’s office extended much needed assistance to the victims of a fire incident that razed Brgy. Pulang Lupa Uno in Las Piñas City. The families received food packs, face masks and other forms of assistance. An additional supply of needed medicines was also turned over to the barangay officials.
Last Wednesday, July 8, fire victims in Zone 5, Brgy. Bautista Sampaloc IV in Dasmariñas City, composed of 144 families and 624 individuals, received the same package of relief assistance from Go’s office.
On Friday, Go’s staff brought relief goods to the 397 individuals, constituting 82 families, victimized by another fire incident in Gloria 5, Brgy. Talipapa in Quezon City. Later in the day, a team also visited 23 families from Brgy. 40 in Cagayan de Oro City who also fell victim to a fire to provide immediate assistance.
National agencies, such as the Departments of Social Welfare and Development, Trade and Industry, Health, and Labor and Employment; National Housing Authority; Technical Education and Skills Development Authority; and Bureau of Fire Protection, also extended help.
The distributions of assistance were conducted in compliance with strict health and safety protocols including social distancing to ensure the protection of everyone as the country still faces the threats caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, Go’s team also delivered aid to the flood victims of Brgy. Alae in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon earlier this week. Twelve families received food packs, face masks and other forms of assistance. Various government agencies also provided other forms of aid, such as the DOH, DTI and NHA, among others.
Early this year, Go also filed SB No. 1228, or the Mandatory Evacuation Center Bill, which shall mandate the establishment of safe, permanent, fully-equipped and dedicated evacuation centers in every city, province and municipality in the country.
“Dapat may komportableng higaan ang mga bata, hindi magkakasakit, may comfort rooms at sanitation na maayos. Kailangan rin na merong sapat na mga emergency packs, katulad ng blankets, tubig, gamot, flashlight, at ready na relief goods,” he also said.
Go said that the hardships caused to the people by these disasters are heightened in times of crises such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. He said that fostering a culture of proactivity and resiliency is necessary to ensure the preparedness and safety of Filipinos during these times of crises.