The government is working double time to address hunger, generate jobs, and revive the ailing economy, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go said Saturday.
Go, chairman of the Senate health and demography committee, gave this assurance as the Duterte government is working double time to revive the economy as the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported that the economy contracted by 9.5 percent in 2020, making it the steepest slump in the country’s history since 1947.
In an interview right after he visited and distributed assistance to typhoon victims in Barobo, Surigao del Sur, on January 29, Go said that the whole world is grappling with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, not just the Philippines.
“All of us, the whole world is affected by this pandemic. Several businesses were closed, and many people lost their jobs. Not just the Philippines,” Go said.
Recognizing the concerns of those who have lost their jobs, Go said that he and President Duterte would prioritize addressing hunger caused by the economic impacts of the ongoing restrictions amid the pandemic.
“We are now slowly opening the economy. We are doing everything so we could go back to our normal lives and fulfill the promise of President Duterte of a more comfortable life for the Filipinos,” he said.
Go also urged the government to focus on three important factors toward recovery: addressing poverty and hunger, sufficient supply of safe and effective vaccines, and the revival of the economy by generate jobs and other livelihood opportunities in all parts of the country.
Meanwhile, Go said that Congress is working closely with government economic managers to study if there is a need to pass the Bayanihan 3 law to boost economic recovery measures and provide additional support to poor and vulnerable sectors.
Go reminded Filipinos not to be complacent and follow health protocols to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.