Bong Go provides critical aid to fire-hit residents in Davao City

Bong Go provides critical aid to fire-hit residents in Davao City

SENATOR Christopher “Bong” Go dispatched his Malasakit Team to Davao City and provided assistance to fire victims in Purok 63, Barangay Talomo Proper in Davao City, on Tuesday, February 6.

The Malasakit Team distributed financial assistance, snacks, grocery packs, water containers, shirts, vitamins, masks, and balls for basketball and volleyball to three families affected by the incident in an activity held at the Talomo Proper Barangay Hall.

“Sa mga nasunugan, huwag ho kayong mag-alala. Sabi ko nga sa inyo noon, ang gamit ay nabibili, ang pera ay kikitain, subalit ‘yung perang kikitain ay hindi po nabibili ang buhay. A lost life is a lost life forever. Pangalagaan at ingatan po natin ang buhay at kalusugan ng bawat isa,” said Go in a video message.

“Ang importante po magtulungan tayo. Sino pa ba ang magtutulungan kung ‘di tayo lang po mga kapwa Pilipino? Kaya po nandirito kami ngayon para tulungan kayong lahat sa abot ng aming makakaya,” he added.

Go emphasized the significance of Republic Act No. 11589 or the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Modernization Act of 2021. This Act was primarily authored and co-sponsored by Go, which augments the BFP’s proficiency through a decade-long modernization plan, including hiring additional firefighters, procuring modern firefighting equipment, and providing specialized training.

Working with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and local government units (LGUs), the BFP organizes frequent fire prevention campaigns and educational outreach initiatives, particularly in remote and underprivileged areas.

Go also recently co-sponsored Senate Bill No. 2451, also known as the Ligtas Pinoy Centers bill, primarily sponsored by Senator Jinggoy Estrada. Originating from the Mandatory Evacuation Center bill previously filed by Go, this proposed legislation seeks to create permanent and fully equipped evacuation centers across the country.

“Alam n’yo, napapanahon na po na magkaroon tayo ng maayos na evacuation center sa bawat lugar. Hindi lang po tuwing sunog, kundi tuwing may bagyo, pagputok ng bulkan, lindol o ano pa mang sakuna para komportable, ligtas at mas mabilis makabangon ang apektadong komunidad,” he said.

Go, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography encouraged those with medical issues to take advantage of the Malasakit Center located at the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in the city.

The Malasakit Centers program, initiated by Go in 2018, was institutionalized through RA 11463, or the Malasakit Centers Act of 2019, a legislation he principally authored and sponsored in the Senate.

According to the Department of Health (DOH), the centers have helped around ten million Filipinos. There are currently 159 operational Malasakit Centers nationwide.

The senator then emphasized advocating for more Super Health Centers nationwide, particularly establishing eleven in Davao City. This initiative aims to enhance the accessibility of essential public health services for communities.

Through the collective efforts of Go, DOH led by Secretary Teodoro Herbosa Jr., local government units, and fellow lawmakers, sufficient funds have been allocated for 307 Super Health Centers in 2022 and 322 in 2023. There will also be 132 Super Health Centers funded in 2024. As the leading implementing agency, DOH identifies the strategic areas where they will be constructed.

Go has actively supported the establishment of Super Health Centers in several barangays of Davao City, including Cabantian, Malabog, Calinan, Catalunan Grande, Indangan, Paquibato, Tacunan, and Tibungco. On January 16, he also attended the inauguration ceremonies for Super Health Centers in Brgys. Los Amigos and Toril Proper, as well as the groundbreaking event for the center in Brgy. Dumoy.

Moreover, Go is the principal sponsor and one of the authors of RA 11959, or the Regional Specialty Centers Act. The law mandates the establishment of Regional Specialty Centers within existing DOH regional hospitals.

There are specialty centers inside SPMC, which include cardiovascular care, lung care, neonatal care, trauma care, toxicology, cancer care, eye care, and dermatology care. It will also soon provide a renal care and transplant center, brain and spine care, orthopedic center, physical rehabilitation medicine, mental health, burn care, infectious disease and tropical medicine, and geriatric care.

Go also thanked the local government led by Mayor Sebastian “Baste” Duterte, city councilors, and other officials for continuing service to their constituents.

As the vice chairperson of the Senate Committee on Finance, Go continues to support various projects in the city, including the construction of various multipurpose buildings and local roads, the rehabilitation of water systems, drainage systems, and flood control structures in different barangays throughout the city, the construction of a 300-bed capacity infectious diseases building for SPMC, and the acquisition of ambulances.


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