Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go, chairman of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, visited Friday fire victims in Barangay 628, Zone 63, Sta. Mesa, Manila to provide emergency assistance.
Go’s team distributed meals, food packs, cash aid, vitamins, face masks, and face shields to 615 families composed of 2,425 individuals. The activity was conducted in strict compliance with the necessary health and safety protocols to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.
“Tuwing may nasunugan, tinatanong ko kung may nasaktan o nasawi. ‘Yung pera kasi puwedeng kitain at ang mga gamit puwede namang bilhin ‘yan pero ang buhay ninyo, hindi nabibili. Ang importante buhay kayo,’’ Go said.
(Every time there is a fire, I always ask if there were injured or fatalities. Money can be earned and belongings can be bought but your lives are important)
“Magtulungan tayo at hindi po namin kayo pababayaan. May mga ahensiya rin ng gobyerno na tutulong sa inyo. Malalampasan rin natin ito kung patuloy tayong magbayanihan at magmalasakit sa kapwa,’’ he added.
(Let’s help one another and we will not forsake you. There are also agencies of government that will help you. We will overcome this if we continue to help one another and be compassionate to our fellowmen)
Go povided select beneficiaries with tablets to enable their children to participate in online classes being carried out under the blended learning approach.
Others received bicycles to enable them to safely commute to work amid the travel restrictions.
A ride-hailing service donated backriding barriers to select beneficiaries.
Cash aid and food packs were distributed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office provided basic medicines and food packs.
The National Housing Authority committed to provide housing assistance upon completing their assessments. Relocation sites have also been prepared for residents who wish to move and start anew.