By Mario Casayuran
Senator Christopher Lawrence ‘’Bong’’ T. Go said on Monday he has coordinated with the National Housing Authority (NHA) for the rebuilding and repair of the houses of the earthquake victims in Mindanao.
He, likewise, urged the NHA to provide long-term housing plans for victims of natural disasters after he assisted quake victims in Kidapawan City and Makilala, North Cotabato.
He also called for government and the public to work together to help the victims.
On Monday, Go distributed grocery packs and financial aid at the towns that were hit hardest by the 6.6- and 6.5-magnitude earthquakes that rocked North Cotabato and other parts of Mindanao on October 29 and 31, respectively. An earlier magnitude-6/3 quake first hit the same areas last October 16.
Straight from Thailand where he accompanied President Rodrigo Duterte for the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit, Go first visited victims in Kidapawan City who are temporarily staying at an evacuation center in Barangay Ilomavis. He then travelled by motorcycle to Makilala, North Cotabato to likewise provide various forms of assistance to victims in the hard-hit town.
In Kidapawan and Makilala, Go commiserated with the victims, saying that his office was always open to help them and listen to their concerns.
The senator was also accompanied by representatives from concerned government agencies to provide additional assistance to the disaster-stricken Filipinos.
Private entities also sent their assistance through Go’s office.
He also encouraged the residents, especially those who were injured or in need of medical attention, to go to the nearest Malasakit Center so they can avail of government assistance for their healthcare needs.
There are Malasakit Centers at Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City; Sultan Kudarat Provincial Hospital in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat; and Cotabato Regional Medical Center in Cotabato City. Malasakit Centers in the provinces of South Cotabato and North Cotabato will be established soon.